The performance data of the Lotus Elise-E lightweight electrical sports car that Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) presented at the recent Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany are impressive, as is its extensive usage of performance plastics. The vehicle weighs just 950 kg, has a power of 150 kW, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The top speed is limited to 200 km/h.
"The purpose of exhibiting the vehicle was to show the automotive industry what can be achieved with our expertise in chemicals," says Klaus Hedrich, Head of the Evonik Automotive Industry Team. Thanks to the combined use of innovative storage technology and lightweight components coupled with lightweight tires, the sports car is the first-ever model to weigh less than 1,000 kg. With the exhibit, Evonik demonstrated that electrical cars, which are currently used primarily as city vehicles, can also be part of the sports car segment.