Zytec Lotus Elise
The Zytec Lotus Elise
is an electric-powered sports car
jointly produced by Lotus
and Zytec, from 1998
and continuing as of 2003
. Its 70 kg (155 lb) extruded aluminium
space frame and lightweight composite body shell are factors in its curb weight of 875 kg (1,930 lb). 25 nickel-cadmium batteries
provide 300 volts (at full charge) to two Zytek oil-cooled brushless DC motors
, which deliver a total power of 150 kW (200 hp) and torque of 100 Nm. These motors are each mated to a single-speed aluminium gear
ratio. Its acceleration time from 30 to 70 mph (50 to 115 km/h) is 5 seconds, and from 0 to 90 mph (145 km/h), 11.2 seconds. The car is governor-limited to 90 mph (145 km/h) to conserve charge. The range per charge is typically 100 to 120 miles (160 to 195 km) and the car can be re-charged within an hour.
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