It’s no secret that the Tesla Model S is one of the fastest accelerating cars on the road. With peak torque and power available from zero-rpm, it is little wonder that youtube has been flooded with videos of the modest-looking electric sedan trouncing some of the most expensive exotic cars in the world in a sprint to 100km/h. Now, Silicon Valley-based startup tech company, Atieva, is attempting to take a slice of the lucrative electric car market- and, if this video is anything to go by, they could be onto a winner.
Using the unassuming Mercedes-Benz V-Class as its test vehicle, Atieva have fitted an 87 kWh battery pack that sends power to two electric motors. As a result, the unassuming Mercedes-Benz V-Class, affectionately referred to as the Atieva Edna, produces a staggering 671kW that is accessible from the moment the driver touches the accelerator.
The video, produced by Atieva as a means of garnering public attention, shows what 671kW looks like when lined up alongside the Tesla Model S and Ferrari’s entry level sports convertible, the 3.9L twin-turbo V8 California T in a straight line.