Drive eO’s PP03 Six-Motor Battery Car Climbs the Hill Fastest
The six-motor, 1,020-kilowatt, 100% battery electric PP03 car developed by Latvia’s Drive eO has won the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, setting a new event record of nine minutes and 7.222 seconds for electric vehicles (details courtesy tflcar.com) for the 20-kilometer/12.42-mile run.
The course climbs 7,725 feet to a finish elevation of 14,115 feet, and includes up and down grades of 10%. Drive eO’s PP03 was driven by Grand Prix veteran Rhys Millen.
The all-wheel drive eO PP03 has a 50-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack powering six Yasa-400 electric motors at 720 volts (F&F, April 10). The vehicle has in-house developed eO controllers.
Also according to tfl.com, the Drive eO team had hoped to make the climb in less than nine minutes, but “part way up the mountain course, the Drive eO PP03 lost power to its rear motors, making the car less powerful and causing it to understeer.” The finish was nevertheless the best ever for an EV at Pikes Peak.
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Source: tfl.com and Drive eO with Fleets & Fuels follow-up