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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The 8-wheeled Electric Eliica
Posted By Jorge Chapa On January 6, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 8 Comments
If there’s one thing that we never expected to see, it’s the sight of an 8-wheeled electric vehicle  attempting to break the land speed record. But that is exactly what the Eliica  is attempting to do. Designed by a team at Keio University  in Japan, this fully electric lithium-ion vehicle may be short on subtlety, but it has a range of 200 miles and can hit speeds of up to 230mph!
The Eliica  (which stands for Electric Lithium-Ion Car) is the brainchild of Hiroshi Shimizu. The project’s goal is to test the capabilities of electric vehicles and exceed 250mph, the current record for a street-legal gas powered vehicle. The car’s most notable feature is the fact that it has 8 wheels, each of which houses an 80hp electric motor. Furthermore, the Eliica has a 0-100mk/h acceleration speed of 4 seconds – that’s better than the Tesla, a Corvette, and even a Porsche.
Two vehicles exist at the moment, each costing a total of $320,000. The team has recently announced that they intend to build 200 units and are currently looking for corporate sponsorship.
+ Eliica 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/06/eliica-25mph-electric-concept-vehicle/
 electric vehicle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/29/no-more-gas-myers-motors-at-well-tech-in-milan/
 Eliica: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliica
 Keio University: http://www.keio-ac-jp.com/
 + Eliica: http://www.eliica.com/
 EV World: http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=20000
 Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/30/team-hopes-to-build-200-eight-wheeled-eliica-electric-cars/
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