On March 31st, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland unveiled a new sports electric car called the Electric Race About (ERA) electric car. This car, designed from a clean table to adopt the latest technology of electric powertrain and battery systems as well as the light-weight manufacturing know how, will be a state of the art battery driven electric-vehicle. A full-bloodied sportscar with extremely low energy consumption and no emissions will really open a new era for those enthusiasts feeling guilty because of their passion for motoring! The cutting-edge styling is guaranteed by the keen co-operation of the famous Lahti Polytechnic Institute of Design .
The car will participate in the Automotive X Prize competition’s test drive phase in Michigan, USA, in April. The Automotive X Prize is the latest effort of the X Prize Foundation whose goal is to "bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity". The final stages of the competition will be held in July and August with the winners being announced in September 2010. The winning prize is $10 million.
These tremendous technological breakthroughs are certainly expensive which means if this prototype ever sees actual retail production, it would be highly expensive and limited in quantity.
"The most rewarding thing has been the chance to be a part of this project right from the initial stage of building the car all the way up to the competition. We have set our sights high, and our team wanted to build a good car. It’s taken a lot of work and taught us to cooperate and how to manage an entire project. Now our two and a half years’ work will be rewarded, as we’ve achieved our great goal. We’re going off to the States with a smile, the car leading the way and our dozen-member team right behind", says Eero Korhonen, an Automotive Engineering student at Metropolia, while describing his mood.