GLM G4 Concept Makes Debut At 2016 Paris Motor Show

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GLM shows off G4 electric supercar at 2016 Paris Auto Show (PRNewsFoto/GLM Press Office)

Amongst the many electric vehicle concepts revealed at the recent 2016 Paris Motor Show was the GLM G4 — an all-electric supercar with doors that open in a very flashy way.

Of interest to some, the electric concept car from the Kyoto, Japan–based company will eventually go on sale in the US — following launches in Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong — if all goes as planned. Pricing will apparently be quite high — somewhere around $225,000.

GLM-G4 Concept Movie from GLM on Vimeo.

What you’ll be paying that premium price for is seemingly just style and luxury, as the model’s specs don’t seem to match those of Tesla’s higher-end offerings.

Here are more details and fluffy language from a company press release:

If EV means Electric Vehicle, GLM interprets it as Exotic Vehicle.  

GLM G4 belongs to the exotic car segment, a standout example of the luxury electric vehicle it combines a fluid but robust exterior, four doors and supreme internal comfort allowing 4 passengers to cover distance in style.

GLM worked on advanced technologies to achieve results, improving the driving efficiency and performance using a multi-source power model. Two packages are loaded front and back on the GLM G4 in order to control coordination and improve performance. GLM G4 features a multi stage transmission that improves the performance and is not affected by the powertrain output. The reduction of switching loss and the improvement of electric efficiency are realized by the IGBT systems. The car structure is light and solid incorporating a chassis structure comprised of composite materials.

System total output is above 1000Nm (>101kgm) and 540PS (400kW) with a twin motor application to split torque depending on driving mode: the vehicle accelerates 0–100km/h in less than 3.7 sec and cruises at 250km/h.

This is coupled with a multi stage transmission system, which consumes the minimum current at city-to-autobahn cruising speeds. The twin motor system is coordinated to continuously calculate the road surface and give maximum traction. Amalgam chassis with light and stiff multi-merit package incorporates a chassis structure using optimum materials.

0-100km/h   3.7sec
Power       400kW (540PS)
Torque      1000Nm (101kgm)
Top speed   250km/h (155mph)
Range       400km (248mile)  ※NEDC

For a concept car, that range really doesn’t seem to cut it to me. At this point, such offerings should really be promising at least 250–300 miles of real-world range, not inflated NEDC cycle figures at the bottom of that spectrum.

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