Sam Philip26 May 2009

Swiss you were here?

Swiss firm shows off Porsche 550-inspired all-electric roadster, but will they build it?

With the exception of Rinspeed's bizarre creations, Switzerland doesn't contribute much to the world of cars.

But Brusa, the entertainingly named Swiss electronics company, has just unveiled this all-electric roadster which, they say, might put Switzerland on the map. Obviously it's technically on the map already, but...

Anyhow. This is the Spyder, a battery-powered, rear-drive two-seater that, says Brusa, will hit 60mph in just under five seconds. That's good pace - not far off the Tesla Roadster - and, unlike most of the all-electric brigade, the Spyder's a nice looking thing too, with more than a hint of Porsche 550 Spyder about its retro-inspired lines.

The Spyder is driven by a pair of 127bhp electric motors - one driving each rear wheel - drawing power from a lithium polymer battery pack. Though the speed is good, the range isn't: at an average speed of 50mph, the Spyder will manage just 77 miles on a single charge, which takes around four hours.

The other bad news? At this stage, the Spyder is only a prototype, with no guarantee that it'll enter production. Here's hoping it does: a few more good looking electric cars on the market can't be a bad thing, right?

Talking of the Tesla, here's a clip of Clarkson driving the plug-in roadster:   

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