Alpine Showcases First Prototype BEV

Premium sports brand Alpine has unveiled a prototype of its first BEV in the shape of the Alpine A110 E-ternité.

The aim was to try to come as close as possible to the sports experience of its existing ICE powered vehicles such as the Alpine A110. As a sub-brand to Renault, it comes as little of a surprise that powertrain technologies, including the battery modules, are derived from the proven Renault Mégane E-Tech.

However, to achieve optimum weight distribution and to accommodate twelve battery modules, it was necessary to design specific battery casings for the A110 and to adapt the internal architecture. Four modules were placed at the front and eight at the rear. To meet this challenge, the engineers allowed themselves to position these modules in the space in a ‘atypical’ fashion.

Naturally, the BEV is much heavier than its ICE sibling yet the automaker is pleased that the weight hike has been limited to 258kg (567lbs) more than the 1,120kg (2,464lbs) weight of the fuel burner. This, combined with the claimed power of 238bhp, allows a 0-62mph claimed sprint time of 4.5 seconds against the top-powered ICE version’s 4.2 seconds with a 296bhp claimed maximum output. Top speed of the BEV is 155mph versus the ICE car’s 174mph. Alpine is claiming a 260-mile range between charges.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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