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Chevrolet Genovation GXE: Fastest All-Electric Car

The Genovation GXE by Chevrolet is looks like the Grand Sport Corvette but is now the fastest all-electric car in the world…

Oct 15, 2016 | By Vimi Haridasan

It may look like the Chevrolet C7 Grand Sport Corvette but the Chevrolet Genovation GXE certainly doesn’t sound like it. At $750,000, the Genovation GXE from Chevrolet is powered by electric motors and battery packs that provide an impressive 660 horse power to the rear wheels.

Going from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, the car is able to produce a top speed of 205.6 mph. With its quite precise top speed rating, the Genovation GXE is now officially the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric vehicle. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished with the GXE thus far, pushing the limits for electric-powered cars beyond what most people thought was possible,” said Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation. Of course, the car hasn’t made it to the streets yet and, actually, competitors such as Tesla (still the quickest electric car) will have plenty of time to challenge that speed rating (which we will get to in a moment).

Engineered for track racing, the GXE has a manual transmission, a genuine novelty on 100% electric cars, but it is there for torque multiplication, a necessity when trying to compete for position on a circuit.

However, if being used as a daily driver, Genovation claims it can simply be left in third gear the whole time, except when you need to go backwards, of course.

And it is as an everyday car that the GXE is most likely to return a range of 130-150 miles on a single charge, but that’s still twice as far as the 2005 Ford GT could go on a single tank of gasoline.

By adapting an existing car, Genovation has managed to avoid two of the biggest problems new companies face when entering the car market. The first is that things like the fit and finish of doors, cabin switches and creature comforts are the difficult parts of building a car. Mating a powertrain with a transmission is comparatively easy. The second is crash testing. The cars have to meet federal safety standards and the costs of the tests are immense.

Unfortunately, though the car can go from 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds, and it zipped past some thorny production issues, it will take three years to go from accepted order to delivery. This is because each car will take two years to design and a further 12 months to build to individual customer specification.

However, by 2019, though the GXE will be unique – the company aims to build each of the initial 75 models as totally bespoke orders – electric cars of all shapes and sizes could actually be a common sight with annual global sales of between 3-5 million. However, very few of them will come with the GXE’s $750,000 premium price tag.

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