14 Feb
Modular design, sustainable, 186 mph, handmade German EV

Regensburg, Germany-based PG made quite a splash a couple summers ago with the Blacktrail — the World’s Fastest Carbon Fiber and Titanium Electric Bike. The $80,000 sustainable vehicle stunned eco-fans with a futuristic design and tech-heavy engineering that made many take notice. Building a respected collection of handmade e-Bikes, Pedelecs and UrbanBikes, PG has now teamed up with Düsseldorf-based automobile designer Michael Fröhlich to create the PG Elektrus: an all-electric urbane e-Roadster based on the Lotus Elise (as is the Tesla Roadster). But PG is taking its two-seat e-Roadster to the next level of sustainability, implementing a solar panel on the trunk that permanently collects solar energy. The PG Elektrus also boasts a blistering 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) time of under 3 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph. Supposedly you can also switch the car’s transmission from automatic to stick shift, and thanks to its modular design the Elektrus can be customized to meet almost any customer’s needs. The PG Elektrus also battles the weight associated with EV cars (due to their heavy batteries) by using copious lightweight glass-fiber reinforced plastics, allowing up to a 350 mile range. Another strange touch — and compromise to those who miss the hair-raising sounds of petroleum-based internal combustion — is the choice of artificial sound you can pump out of the vehicle’s sound system: choose between a full-bodied V8 or a high-pitched Formula-One scream. PG plans to start hand building the Elektrus this year out of Fröhlich’s Düsseldorf studio, but now word yet on price.

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