Watch Atieva's electric van outrun a BMW i8 and Dodge Viper
12 August 2016 - Autoblog
A little while back, automotive startup Atieva drag raced its electric van, called Edna, against a Tesla Model S and a Ferrari California in order to compare its performance against known and revered mechanical athletes.
Again, the Silicon Valley-based company is putting its prototype up against electrified and conventionally powered performance vehicles on the drag strip. Last time around, Edna, the Mercedes-Benz Vito van equipped with a 900-horsepower, all-wheel-drive powertrain, bested both of its foes.
In that showcase, Edna was hitting 100 km/h in a little over three seconds. Comparatively, BMW lists the i8's 0-100 km/h time at 4.2 seconds, though Road & Track clocked it at 3.8 seconds, with a 402 meters time of 12.3 seconds. The Viper does 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. Before you even watch the video above, you can imagine how it will end, as the retuned Atieva Edna rips 0-100 km/h in 2.94 seconds. Atieva clocked the 402 meters at 11.3 seconds at 188 km/h.
It's worth noting that driver skill can have a lot to do with a car's straight-line performance. We've witnessed Viper's elapsing the 402 meters in well under 12 seconds, which means it should be quicker in this test than the i8, if not the Edna. Still, the performance showcased in the video is exceptional.
To improve Edna's stats, Atieva says it has used testing data to fine tune its AC induction motors at higher speeds once it got low-speed performance locked in. After testing in the hot California sun, including the race you see above, Atieva drove Edna 144 km/h home with range to spare.
As for production plans, Atieva will put this powertrain into a sedan slated for sale in 2018. In the meantime, the company will keep testing and tuning its working prototype, and has even invited the public to put their cars up against Edna in future sessions.