British green energy company Ecotricity recently unveiled the first high-performance electric sports car designed and built entirely in the UK! Founder Dale Vince financed the car’s design himself, spending nearly £1 million to build it. Dubbed the ‘Nemesis‘, the vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 mph in a remarkable 8.5 seconds.
The Nemesis was designed by cutting-edge British Formula One engineers and was produced in less than two years. In his brief, Dale demanded that the electric car “blow the socks off (Top Gear’s) Jeremy Clarkson and smash the stereotype of electric cars”.
The Nemesis was designed on the chassis of a second-hand Lotus Exige that was bought off eBay. It was then converted into a super green machine, fitted with 96 lithium-ion polymer cells, a completely new transmission and two motors for a total of 330bhp. It has so far reached a top speed of 135mph, but Ecotricity says it should be capable of 170mph – faster than a V12 Ferrari. The company will attempt to break the 139mph record for an electric British car currently held by Don Wales in the Bluebird Electric at a later date.
Ecotricity is responsible for manufacturing many of the UK’s wind turbines, and as a result, the Nemesis will be powered entirely by 100% green electricity made by the company’s network of 51 windmills. It can run for between 100-150 miles between charges (depending on driving style) and it can be fully charged from empty in under 2 hours from its fast charger or 8-9 hours from a regular mains supply.