With the emergence of electric cars, the entire traffic infrastructure changes. However, one of the first cars with an electric drive combined with an internal combustion engine made the first steps and set the automotive industry to a much higher technological development. It’s a Japanese electric car named Eliica (or the Electric Lithium-Ion Car) that appeared in 2004. The car was designed by a team at Keio University in Tokyo, led by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu.
The 5.1 m (17 ft) car runs on a lithium-ion battery and can accelerate from 0-100 km / h (62 mph) in four seconds (faster than the Porsche 911 Turbo at the time). In 2004, Eliica reached a speed of 370 km / h (230 mph) on Italy’s Nardò High Speed Track. The team’s goal is to exceed 400 km / h (250 mph), breaking the record set by today’s street-legal gasoline-powered vehicles. With the advent of electric cars, Eliica has a special place in the development of this technology. Today, electric cars are part of the automotive world, and this technology delivers incredibly progressive results.