Peugeot has set several new speed and acceleration records with its full electric EX1 concept sports car, demonstrating the potential of electromobility across its model range.
The French car brand, which represents roughly half of the PSA/Peugeot-Citroen group, set new speed records with the EX1 for one-eighth of a mile and for a quarter mile of 7.08.62 seconds and 12.67.54 seconds, respectively.
The records were set in the Chinese city of Chengdu by Nicolas Vanier, a French explorer, and Han Han, a well-known Chinese blogger.
Vanier also set an unofficial record of 3.49 seconds for accelerating from 0 to 100km/hour.
“This series of performances represents a world benchmark in terms of acceleration for an electric vehicle,” Peugeot said in a press release.
The brand has stepped up its Chinese marketing activities as it attempts to double its market share by boosting vehicle sales to 500,000 units by 2015.
Globally, Peugeot ”“ and parent company PSA ”“ have ambitious plans for electric vehicles. This month, the Peugeot iOn electric minicar launches, concurrently with sister company Citroen’s C-Zero. The iOn is a rebadged Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which also goes on sale this month in Europe.