Geneva Auto Show: Protoscar LAMPO2 EV Concept

Its distinctive exterior styling notwithstanding, this latest exercise from Swiss electric vehicle (EV) wannabe's Protoscar does offer some impressive performance potential. Beneath composite bodywork that only its stylist is likely to love, the one-off LAMPO2 EV packs a pair of Brusa motors, two custom Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs, and an all-wheel drive system that ships 402 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft. of torque to all four wheels, enough to send this 3,488-pound two-seater from 0-60 mph in a claimed 5.2 seconds and on up to an electronically limited top speed of 124 mph.

Protoscar says the LAMPO2 EV's liquid-cooled battery modules store a combined 30 kilowatt-hours of go power, sufficient to take it 124 miles on a single charge. While an electric refill requires eight hours on a standard European 220V outlet, a dedicated fast-charging system co-developed by Brusa and ABB can reportedly pump in sufficient juice in just 10 minutes to give it a 62-mile range. Although Protoscar built the LAMPO2 EV as a pure demonstrator, the advanced electrical elements it contains do have real potential for use in future production EVs.

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