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'Nemesis' electric supercar launched by Stroud company
Ecotricity's Nemesis electric supercar
The car will run on power created by Ecotricity's UK network of 51 windmills

A high performance electric sports car has been launched by a green energy company in Gloucestershire.

The 'Nemesis' is believed to be the first electric supercar designed and built entirely in the UK.

It was the brainchild of Stroud-based Ecotricity's founder and was created, developed and built in less than two years.

Dale Vince OBE said he wanted to prove electric cars can be quick, beautiful, cheap "and run entirely on wind power".

'Challenge stereotypes'

"I was not looking for something ecological, worthy and a bit self-sacrificial, far from it," he added.

"I wanted to create something exotic and desirable. Something that would turn heads and challenge stereotypes."

According to the company's website, it is faster than a V12 Ferrari, has done 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds and can reach 170mph.

The 'Nemesis' was developed using a second-hand Lotus Exige which was rebuilt by a development team in Norfolk.

Engineers lengthened the chassis, lowered and shifted the centre of gravity, fitted a cluster of 96 lithium-ion polymer cells, two brushless motors, a completely new transmission, and a lot of 'electronic wizardry'.

The car will be seen for the first time in public on Saturday, 6 November, during the Brighton to London Future Car Challenge.

The event is designed to demonstrate and challenge the development of new technology for tomorrow's motoring.

Ecotricity's next projects will include an electric supercar that will exceed 250mph and an electric tractor.

The company also plans to challenge the British electric car land speed record in 2011.

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