It wasn't long ago we witnessed the birth of EV manufacturer Scarlet Motors, and it's growing up so fast. The company has just announced it has united with the Finnish Metropolia University of Applied Sciences to accelerate the development of its all-electric sports car. Metropolia isn't new to the EV game, and already has the achievement of the E-RA sporty prototype to its name. Students actively work on research and development projects, and Scarlet's CEO feels the "unique" university environment will "push the boundaries." Don't expect them to have all the fun, however, as Scarlet is creating an online community of motorists to help steer its open design process, even if it does need boffins to build it.
"Scarlet Motors announces partnership with Metropolia University of Applied Science to build the future of European electric cars."
Helsinki, Finland – 5th of October, 2012: Scarlet Motors is a privately owned, premium European car company creating electric vehicles, combining state of the art technology with sportive emotions, reinventing the driving experience. Today, Scarlet Motors and Metropolia announced a partnership on the product development of Scarlet's sports car. Thanks to Metropolia's proven experience demonstrated by Electric RaceAbout (E-RA), their full electric super sports car prototype, Metropolia brings valuable technology expertise, boosting Scarlet's product development.
Scarlet Motors announced today a technology partnership with the leading Finnish automotive university, Metropolia University of Applied Science, Helsinki.
Metropolia has been at the forefront of automotive development, experimenting with hybrid and electric technologies. Their latest award winning project, E-RA is a full electric super sports car. The first step in the collaboration will be on the powertrain which Metropolia has developed from the ground up with its partners.
"We have looked at a lot of technologies and potential partners and we believe that Metropolia has created something unique", says Julien Fourgeaud, CEO and Chief Catalyst. "We are looking forward to work together with passionate young professionals to push the boundaries." Metropolia is a "hands on" university where students learn theory and put it into practice in the real world on research and development projects.
E-RA started as such a project and is now a fully street legal vehicle in Europe. It has
established the fastest Electric Vehicle on Ice world record as well as record lap times on the
Nürburgring Nordschleife, a 20+ km track often considered as a benchmark in the industry.
"We are proud of the work of our students, and we are glad to contribute in the
commercialization of our technologies", says Pekka Hautala, Head of Metropolia's Automotive Department. "It is important for us to support these types of new ventures and give our students a chance to participate in new exciting projects."
The partnership will further extend to research and development of other parts of the Scarlet