Alternative (Side-By-Side) Class winner, Li-ion Motors Corp. is set to unveil its newest vehicle today at the 2010 SEMA convention in Las Vegas, NV. This new vehicle, named Inizio, will be on display alongside the competition-winning vehicle, WAVE II, for the duration of the 2010 SEMA convention (November 1st - 5th).
Inizio is a sleek sports car that was built from the ground-up, just like the WAVE II. In fact, many of the same engineers that designed WAVE II have been hard at work developing this powerful electric sports car.
"We are extremely excited about this vehicle," says team leader, Ron Cerven. "This is the most awesome looking car, and it uses many of the same core components as the WAVE II including the battery management system, battery cell technology, and the heating and cooling systems."
The lithium-ion battery packs used in both vehicles can recharge in less than eight hours, depending on the current, and have an approximated range of up to 250 miles. Sports car enthusiasts will be glad to know that Li-ion expects the Inizio to reach between 170 and 200 mph, as well as clocking zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds. The production chassis will also have removable battery pods so that the batteries can ultimately be replaced or switched out for more powerful pods.
The good news for Li-ion and 100 MPGe enthusiasts continues after SEMA, as both the Inizio and the WAVE II will ship to California to begin their federal motor vehicle safety standards pre-certification.
"I feel like we really do represent what the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE competition is all about," says Ron. "We are getting these cars out into the real world."