U.S. Electric Supercar Unveiled

Nov 23, 2010

Less than a month after its $2.5 million win at the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition, North Carolina-based Li-ion Motors has unveiled the INIZIO, calling it “the world’s first all American-made, fully electric, emission-free supercar.”

Engineered with Li-ion Motors’ patent-pending lithium-ion battery technology and management system, the INIZIO is a full-sized supercar that has a range of up to 250 miles (321km) and a top-speed of 170 mph, according to a press release.

“We are excited to introduce to the world the INIZIO,” said Stacey Fling, president and CEO of Li-ion Motors. “This car is the culmination of many years of research and development in the quest to design an emission-free luxury vehicle that performs and handles just as well as a traditional, gas-powered supercar, and with the INIZIO we’ve accomplished that.”

The INIZIO is slated for launch in mid-2011 and will be priced starting at $139,000, according to the release.

The INIZIO is Li-ion Motors’ first foray into the high-end supercar arena. The low-profile, two-seater is designed to accommodate passengers of up to 7 feet in stature, and it has a sleek exterior characterized by smooth and rounded edges.

Features include high-intensity halogen headlights, a removable hardtop and an optional moveable back wing that allows the driver to customize the INIZIO experience for every drive and occasion, the release noted.

“The INIZIO is a sleek car for a life of style,” said Ron Cerven, product development engineer. “Each INIZIO is custom-built, but every INIZIO comes standard with the most exciting and forward-thinking features of any supercar to date. This is not just a car-the INIZIO is the ultimate all-electric entertainment on wheels.”

Other highlights include rotational doors that rise on a 90-degree angle, and a custom hydraulic lift system that raises the car 3 inches to allow for easy and comfortable access. Once inside, INIZIO owners will enjoy full-power, adjustable leather and suede Recaro seating with heating and cooling features for optimal comfort.

It also comes standard with a complete entertainment system that includes a 5.0 digital surround sound system (with 12-inch subwoofer), GPS navigation and video monitor with DVD player, audio/video and MP3 input.

Inspiring Zero-Emission Mobility

The INIZIO is powered by Li-ion Motors patent-pending lithium-ion batteries and management system which generate a power output of more than 40kW, while its electric motor delivers 145kW.

With the addition of the optional extreme performance motor package, drivers can take the INIZIO from 0-to-60 in 3.4 seconds, the release said.

A combination of its regenerative braking system, innovative lithium-ion battery packs and extreme power package enables the car to deliver a range of up to 250 miles (321km) on one full charge. INIZIO owners can expect a battery life of more than 2,500 full charges, which can be accomplished at home with a standard 220-volt outlet in as little as eight hours.

The INIZIO’s moveable back wing provides optimum down force and is coupled with a ridge embedded in the body of the car designed to redirect airflow, thus reducing wind noise and drag, and maximizing overall energy efficiency.

It also employs an advanced battery management system developed to provide support and information to drivers 24 hours a day. Connected to Li-ion Motors global-reaching data center, one of the key features is the system’s remote diagnostic system that proactively monitors and diagnoses the INIZIO before it can encounter error, notifying both Li-ion Motors and the driver well in advance of any future diagnosis that may be made.

The BMS also serves to protect, enhance and take the guesswork out of everyday driving. The dash-mounted LCD touch screen monitor displays INIZIO’s remaining power, in addition to notifying and guiding the driver to a selection of nearby charging stations. It also monitors and displays battery temperature, power consumption, drive time and distance driven.

“The battery management system is critical to the best driving experience and most optimum efficiency possible,” said Luc Pham, electrical engineering manager for Li-ion Motors. “We believe owning and driving any car should be a stress-free and enjoyable experience, and the INIZIO’s intelligent BMS system works for the driver to make this possible.”

Additionally, side and rearview mirrors are coupled with high-definition cameras to give drivers a 360-degree view of space around the car for a safe driving experience.