More than a year and a name-change after German niche auto builder, e-Wolf, introduced the E2 - it has since been rechristened as the Alpha 2 - we finally have an idea on what kind of specifications the electric super car will carry.
The E2 - now Alpha 2 - was introduced right around the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and after a little under two years we finally know that the electric supercar will be powered by two electric motors delivering a combined peak output of 375 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque. This setup will give the Alpha 2 a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 143 mph, and a range of 186 miles on a single charge.
More than anything else, though, the e-Wolf Alpha-2, together with the Protoscar Lampo 3 and the Delta E-4 Coupe, is a sign that things aren’t looking as bleak for the supercar industry when the ’green revolution’ finally takes shape.
Just goes to show that even when the industry is slowly rounding the corner towards a more eco-friendly approach in their vehicles, there are still brands like e-Wolf that can help satiate the appetites of speed junkies the world over.
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Exterior and Interior
One look at the e-Wolf Alpha-2 and you’ll immediately notice that this car was designed while drawing inspiration from a number of supercars, including the Ferrari Enzo, the Lamborghini Murcielago, and a little of the Ford GT90. The stance of the Alpha-2 is reminiscent of that from Lamborghini’s departed Murcielago whereas the nose and the front end was ’inspired’, so to speak, by the Enzo with the rear end looking similar, albeit designed more aggressively, to the GT90.
Take out the slightly obscure design mash-up of the Alpha-2 and look at the car’s style as a whole and there’s a certain level of appreciation that goes into it. It may not win any design contests in the foreseeable future, but there’s still something redeemable about the electric supercar’s aesthetics. The Alpha-2 does come with a carbon fiber two-seater body weighing only around 900 kg (1984 lbs), so that definitely counts for something.
e-Wolf’s latest announcement of the Alpha-2’s powertrain reveals that the electric supercar will carry two electric motors that produce a combined peak output of 375 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 143 mph, and a range of 186 miles on a single charge.
The Alpha-2 is being slotted for a production release sometime next year where it will carry a price tag of €245,000, which is around $350,000 based on current exchange rates. E-Wolf also announced that pre-orders for the electric supercar will be made available soon.
For the price tag it commands, we’re not exactly smitten over the e-Wolf Alpha-2 the way we would if it was priced at somewhere near the $100,000-$180,000 range. On that note, two other ’newly-introduced’ electric hypercars are joining the Alpha-2 on this new bandwagon, one that all three niche brands are hoping takes off in the green future of tomorrow.
Take the Delta E-4 Coupe and the Protoscar Lampo 3 and really, it’s not so much a competition amongst the three models as it is an effort in introducing a new alternative in high-speed thrill-seeking to the world.
For their part, the E-4 Coupe and the Lampo 3 both carry some pretty impressive hardware under their respective hoods. For the former, it comes in the form of high performance direct-drive electric motors that produce over 120 horsepower with well over 442 lb-ft of torque, allowing the E-4 Coupe to get from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds with a top speed of 150 mph and a drive range of around 200-250 miles. Meanwhile, the latter is carries three electric motors: two in the back, one in the front. All three motors combined produce an output of 420 kW, which is about 550 horsepower and 664 lb/ft of torque to go with 32 kWh of Lithium-Ion battery capacity. These figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds, a top speed of 136 mph, and a driving range of 124 miles running solely on the 32kWh battery.
With the e-Wolf Alpha-2 joining the fold, maybe there IS a future for high-powered electric supercars after all.
Not a lot of electric supercars around yet
Design’s not going to wow you over, but it is noticeable
Green is great, yes?
Price is way too steep
No word on how many units will be produced
Powertrain could’ve been better