Let's Race

Let's Race

California-based and China-backed Atieva unveiled its powertrain test vehicle “Edna”, which happens to be a converted to electric drive Mercedes-Benz Vito commercial van.

It features " “two electric motors, two sets of power electronics, two gearboxes, one battery capable of storing 87 kWh of energy and outputting over 900 horsepower."

Recently, Edna blew away a Tesla Model S with a 0 to 60 MPH time of 3.08 seconds.

Not content with that time, the Atieva team did some fine tuning and hit the track once again to pit the electric van against a BMW i8 and a Dodge Viper.

The result was a sub-three-second blast to 60 MPH: As Atieva explains:

"We studied our data from the last session, made adjustments and put Edna to the test again."

The company explains:

“Since the last test we have been poring over the data looking for ways to further enhance low-end acceleration. Until this month the team had been focused primarily on the low-end, but with the performance now approaching maximum potential we are extending this tuning beyond 100 mph.”

The quarter-mile in Edna is now accomplished in 11.3 seconds at 117 MPH, according to Atieva.

Atieva welcomes all challengers who'd like to bring a vehicle to race Edna. Learn more about that here.