The Lightning GT, one of the U.K.s first electric sports cars, has debuted at the British International Motor Show. Click image to enlarge
London, England – The Lightning GT, one of the U.K.’s first electric sports cars, has debuted at the British International Motor Show.
The company said that following production of several gasoline-powered Lightnings and with the electric prototype build “now well underway”, the Lightning GT is available for pre-order. No prices were given.
The vehicle uses a NanoSafe battery, developed by U.S. company Altairnano Inc., which uses no toxics or heavy metals, has a life expectancy of more than 12 years, can be recharged in approximately ten minutes, and can retain up to 85 per cent charge capacity after 15,000 charges. The Lightning GT’s powerplant is the British-designed Hi-Pa Drive, which integrates motor and drive electronics into a single unit and was featured in Volvo’s ReCharge concept, launched at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The company said that the Lightning GT can accelerate from zero to 96 km/h in 4.0 seconds and has an equivalent of 700 horsepower. Due to interest from potential customers, the company is looking into the necessary federal certification requirements to enable sales in the U.S.