Tom Finnegan, an engineer who is based in Co Leitrim, has come out with a concept of electric car which he named Alex eroadster EV. He began to make it into reality after he approached VITAL initiative which is funded by EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme. It is basically a program which was created to link innovative ideas to SMEs and entrepreneurs which hopefully will make the ideas into a reality. Moreover, hopefully, it will encourage the development of startup projects in Northern Ireland as well as across the southern border counties.
For this project itself, the Irish Centre of Composites Research (IComp) and Swift Composites in Louth will be helping to research on the composite material which will be used for the car while Wicklow-based racing suspension manufacturers TDP will be helping on the car’s undercarriage. The Danish company Ecomove will be helping in providing useful information on how to make the electric car more consumer friendly.
Alex eroadster EV is designed to be lightweight and strong enough to overcome the challenges that occur while on the road but still able to keep the driver and everyone in the car safe. On top of that, it should be able to go as many as 300km on a single charge and it should be able to reach a top speed of 130kph as well as able to go from 0 to 100kph in 10 seconds. The vehicle will be equipped with two AC motors at the back of the car.
If everything is going according to the plan, the prototype is hopefully can be finished in July next year.