The ERA Electric Raceabout
Finland seems to be making further inroads into the electric car market with the Electric Raceabout (or ERA for short) pictured above, Finland as you may remember is also where the Fisker Karma is being built, the ERA is a project from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and is set to take part in the Automotive X Prize later this year. The 100% electric car sits atop Audi R8 suspension which should have a very positive effect on handling and with a weight of 2,800 lbs (1,270 kgs) being propelled by 4 independent electric motors we expect the ERA to be significant competition for the Tesla Roadster, if it can get from prototype to production stage without falling into the electric-car-black-hole-of-doom that disappointingly seems to swallow the majority of promising concepts.
The ERA is made largely out of ultra-light carbon fibre monocoque, is four wheel drive and packs enough lithium-ion to hit a range of 300kms (186 miles). It’ll be interesting to see how the team does in the Automotive X Prize, they have said they are aiming to have limited production in place after the race and if they can hit a price point around the same as the Tesla Roadster they’ll probably do quite well. I would personally wait for the convertible version as something about that roof-line upsets my delicate sensibilities.
ERA Electric Raceabout Specifications
Weight – 2,800 lbs (1,270 kgs)
Drive Train – 4 Electric Motors
Battery System – Lithium-ion
Seating Capacity – 2
Acceleration – 0-100 km/h ~ 5 seconds
Range – ~ 300kms (186 miles)
Top Speed – ~ 200kph (125 mph)