Artega SE all-electric car to rival Tesla Roadster


The all-electric sports car Tesla Roadster will soon to have a competitor to join the rank, and it is called the Artega SE. The Artega SE is designed in Germany, which will soon to join the world of electric sports cars. But can the Artega SE beat out the incumbent? Read on.

The Artega SE is powered by two electric motors that are placed in front and rear axles. The two motors operate independently from each other, and each has a power output of 190 horsepower (140 kW) or a total power output of 374 horsepower.

Even though the Artega SE has 87 horsepower more than the Tesla Roadster, it is still 0.6 second slower in acceleration time due to the Tesla’s lighter weight of lesser than 300 pounds than the Artega SE. The two 380-hp motors let the Artega SE accelerates from 0-62 mph in about 4.3 seconds and with a top speed of 155 mph.

Power for the motors is provided by 16 lithium-ion battery modules, with each contains 12 battery cells; it is probably the heaviest component in the car weighing in at 683 pounds to give the curb weight of 3,086 pounds. The battery pack provides enough juice to travel up to 186 miles on the single charge, and only takes 90 minutes for a full charge at designated charging stations. In comparison, the Tesla Roadster has a driving range of 245 miles on a single charge.

About 500 Artega SE cars could be built each year if orders permit, and pricing is set to start at €150,000 ($208,500). The final production model of the Artega SE will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, and have it on the market by April 2012.

So far, the performance numbers aren’t up to par with the Tesla Roadster, and even the starting price of the Artega is about $79,500 more as well. We don’t have live images, but from the pictures, the built quality is not on par with the Tesla Roadster either.