One electric car to rule them all

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Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling

One of the most expensive electric cars in the world is set for its public debut in the United Kingdom in early September.



The Rimac Concept_One, which we brought word to you of back in April, at that time had a price tag of around $980,000. Now, it looks to be a solid $1 million to own one of the 88 cars being made.

The Rimac offering will be unveiled at this year’s Salon Privé, said to be the UK’s most prestigious super car event. The car, whose designers have pedigrees from places like fabled Italian styling house Pininfarina, heralds from Croatia and is one extreme electric vehicle, going 0 to 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and hitting a top speed of 190 MPH.

Though 190 MPH might not seem that fast for a super car, one must consider that Rimac has actually limited the speed down from what it says is 310 MPH since, at that speed, the company “can’t guarantee the passenger’s safety.”

Said to have a range of 373 miles, the Concept_One is able to produce equivalent of 1,088 bhp due to its 92-kWh battery, which powers four sets of electric motors that are each placed at one wheel. These motors, each tied into their own sub-system, are able to operate independently of one another, helping drivers to achieve what Rimac says is better handling.

The carbon fiber body of this electric car hosts a number of safety features in case you wipe out while cornering at that 190 MPH speed limit control. These include front and side air bags, ABS and safety disconnection of systems when you crash.

The vehicle on the interior is tailored for comfort and looks to include a rear-view camera display, two side displays for the driver, and a very high tech interactive console display, which we assume is for non-essential features like stereo systems and GPS navigation.

As far as high end electric cars go, there’s really nothing quite like the Rimac Concept_One to date that’s entered production. Tesla Motors? Not even close. Audi and its R8 e-tron? Left standing still. The Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell? Umm, nope. As far as niche, top flight electric rides go, Rimac seems to be the one to beat.

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Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling