First there was the Tesla roadster, now comes the Inizio.
Li-ion Motors in North Carolina recently debuted the Inizio, billed as the world’s first all American-made, fully-electric, emission-free “super car.” The car carries the firm's patent-pending lithium-ion battery technology and management system, giving it a range of up to 250 miles (321 km) and a top-speed of 170 mph (272 km/h). The car is expected to cost $139,000 when it hits the market next year.
Doors rotate up on a 90-degree angle, and the custom hydraulic lift system raises the car three inches to allow more easy access to the interior. The passenger compartment is decked out in leather and suede Recaro seating. As you might expect, an entertainment system is standard that includes a 5.0 digital surround sound system (with 12-in. subwoofer), GPS navigation, and video monitor with DVD player, audio/video and mp3 input.
Battery power output exceeds 40 kW-hr (upgrade to 96.7 kW-hr available), while its electric motor delivers 145 kW. And there is an optional extreme-performance motor package that lets the car go from zero-to-sixty in 3.4 seconds.
The builder says drivers can expect to see a range of up to 250 miles through use of regenerative braking system on one full charge. Owners can expect a battery life of 2,500+ full charges. But it takes eight hours to get a full charge on a 220-V outlet.
Finally, side and rear-view mirrors are coupled with high-definition cameras to give drivers a 360-degree view of space around the car.