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Koenigsegg: full EV hypercar a possibility

Eventually, even Koenigsegg will have to concede defeat to the might of electricity...

Published: 01 Feb 2019

Koenigsegg sees a battery cell shortage in our all-electric, shiny new future. Which is why company boss Christian von Koenigsegg is a bit hesitant about building a proper, world-beating fully electric hypercar.

It’s definitely something he imagines, though. “Eventually, we see that as a possibility. It has everything to do with battery pack weight, the car weight, the cell availability, and – to a certain degree but not much – battery cell cost,” he told TopGear.com.

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“There will come a time when a BEV (battery electric vehicle) will be able to beat what we can do with a hybrid,” he adds. That time however, is still quite a way off into Koenigsegg’s future.

He notes that as Tesla increases production, and carmakers like Volkswagen, BMW and others join the electric car fray, “it’s quite easy to realise there will be a cell shortage coming up very quickly”.

Plus, he’s not yet done with combustion engine tech, following on from news that Koenigsegg and NEVS have joined up to build a cheaper (€1m) hybrid supercar with Koenigsegg’s camless ‘freevalve’ technology.

The company’s “belief in next generation combustion engines that are completely CO2 neutral” means a full electric hypercar is some way off into the future. “Even though these battery cell factories are being built at full steam ahead, it’ll be hard to catch up,” he tells us. “I think having a smaller battery pack and combining it with a CO2 neutral combustion engine is a very enticing solution.”

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Well, s’ppose we’ve got the replacement for the Agera RS to look forward to. That car will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. We know it’ll produce at least 1,400bhp, that it’ll be more luxurious than the Agera RS but still ‘visceral’, and that it’ll be fast.

But we don’t know its name. “I can’t tell you that just yet,” he laughs. Not even a hint? “No, because that’d give the game away.”

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