Atieva has an office in Silicon Valley, an impressive team of engineers led by former Tesla star Peter Rawlinson, a flashy web site, and now, finally, a prototype vehicle, a delivery van that can do 0-60 in 3.08 seconds.
“Edna,” a converted Mercedes Metris van, made her debut with a video of a drag race versus a Ferrari and a Model S – both of which she beat with a 3.08-second time.
Atieva offered a brief profile: “Under Edna’s skin are two electric motors, two sets of power electronics, two gearboxes, one battery capable of storing 87 kWh of energy and outputting over 900 horsepower, plus all of the software to make the components play nicely together. With Edna we are able to test various aspects of the powertrain system, including motor control algorithms, regenerative braking behaviors, accelerator pedal feel, and cooling strategies, to name a few.”
Edna seems to be a test vehicle for the powertrain that will be used in Atieva’s upcoming sedan, which it hopes to launch by 2018. Two luxury crossovers are planned to follow.
The company has plans to build a car factory in California.