Electrical Caterham Seven idea breaks cowl – Automotive Weblog

Caterham EV Seven

Caterham’s first electrical automotive will make its public debut in July on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity.

The EV Seven showcases a future battery electrical Caterham and makes use of a 51kWh immersion cooled battery pack able to as much as 152kW fast charging.

Simply as importantly, the battery leads to a weight improve of lower than 70kg in comparison with the present manufacturing Seven it’s primarily based upon.

Caterham says the EV Seven to be able to a 20-15-20 observe drive cycle. In different phrases, it’ll have the flexibility to drive on observe for 20 minutes, then recharge in quarter-hour with sufficient vitality to drive for an additional 20 minutes.

The EV Seven is being developed in partnership with Swindon Powertrain, the engine builders for the Seven JPE from the early Nineties.

“Any future EV mannequin we produce should be true to the DNA of a Caterham: light-weight, fun-to-drive and driver targeted,” stated Bob Laishley, CEO of Caterham.

“We do not need plans to place EV Seven into manufacturing at this stage – it’s a check mattress to see how nicely an EV powertrain works for our clients’ particular use circumstances.

“We’re doing this mission with our eyes large open in order that we are able to learn to ship the precise Caterham car attributes vital for a Seven: light-weight, easy and enjoyable to drive.

“We’re going to deliver this to market on the proper time, when the longer term technology of battery know-how permits it, and that’s why now could be the time for us to trial the idea.”

EV Seven Specification

Automobile Caterham EV Seven
Motor Bespoke Swindon HPDE E Axle
Transmission Single-speed, two-stage discount with bespoke ratio
Last Drive Restricted slip differential
Battery 51kWh (40kWh usable) – Immersion cooled battery
Charging As much as 152Kw DC quick cost
Chassis Giant chassis
Dimensions (L: 3,350mm, W: 1,685mm, H: 1,115mm)
Max Energy (bhp / rpm) 240bhp @ 9,000rpm
Max Torque (Nm / rpm) 250Nm @ 0rpm
Weight <700 kg
Efficiency (0 – 60 mph) 4.0 seconds (estimated)
Energy-To-Weight ~ 340 bhp-per-tonne
Prime Velocity 130 mph (estimated)
Suspension Bilstein adjustable (from 420 Cup)
Wheels 13” Apollo Black Alloy (6” entrance and eight” rear)
Tyres Avon ZZR
Brakes Ventilated discs with quad-piston calipers
Steering Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock-to-lock