Gallery: Fisker’s Multi-Speed Gearbox Could Give EVs Supercar Performan...

 

Electric cars can be fun to drive because they have all their power available at all speeds, which means incredibly quick acceleration. But until now, carmakers have been limited in the performance they can offer at higher speeds because current electric cars use one-speed motors. That means the incredible acceleration you get from the Fisker Karma or the Tesla Roadster is being achieved essentially in first gear. Recently, Fisker’s CEO Henrik Fisker boldly claimed that his company could offer “Veyron levels of performance,” or the performance of the 1000-horsepower Bugatti Veyron supercar, if they could mate a multi-speed motor with the Fisker Karma. That’s quite a claim. Can they do it?

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