We must have been napping on this one. Apparently, not only do the French have a local electric car maker (that is, other than Renault), but they actually build electric cars.
That outfit is called Exagon Motors, and this week they revealed their production version of the Furtive-eGT. Not concept. Production. Who knew?
The Furtive-eGT EV is a full battery electric car, with energy provided via two motors developed by Siemens.
Exagon stats that each engine puts out 148 kW (198.5hp) and that "together they produce the equivalent of 402 hp at 5,000 to 10,000 rpm," which we can't help but note is impossible unless they have hidden another 5 hp motor in there somewhere. Moving on.
These liquid-cooled motors are said to be the most compact and lightest on the market. Both are centrally mounted and linked up with something called a WCT (Without Cut Torque), three-speed gearbox. Exagon says WCT technology translates to mean power is available immediately, "the moment the driver steps on the accelerator."
As for performance, it is impressive. Impressive in a "hey, is that all you have Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive for $500,000?" kind of way:
"With a constant 516 Nm of torque from 0 to 5,000 rpm, the Furtive-eGT delivers phenomenal acceleration, going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 250 km/h."
The electric drive is powered by a SAFT 53 kWh lithium battery, that the company says is good for 3,000 charging cycles, and that after that, over 80% of the batteries’ power remains, "enough to take the car one million more kilometres."
Range is said to be between 120 miles and 250 miles given your driving style. On that subject, Exagon gives us some numbers that we wish all automakers would provide on their car's electric abilities. The company says that at a constant speed of 31 mph, the car achieves 250 miles, at 56 mph range decreases to 179 miles, 68 mph nets you 150 miles, and an impressive 122 miles at a constant speed of 81 mph.
While the company does promote it as a production version, no announcement was made on availability or price, which seems odd if you looking to produce and sell them. So, for now, the electric supercar still feels like it resides in that magical "10% of auto shows category," under "absurd concepts."