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There has been a huge amount of excitement about Tesla‘s long-promised Cybertruck.

But while the world continues to wait for its launch, a separate project is threatening to hog the limelight following the unveiling of a $115,000 (£84,565) electric car that has enough space for eight passengers.

The Norwegian company behind the Fresco XL has only revealed a 3D model of its vehicle so far, but promises it will be able to run for an extraordinary 620 miles (1,000km) per charge.

The Fresco XL concept has been revealed by a Norwegian company. The electric car will cost around $115,000 (£84,565) and has enough space for eight passengers

Fresco promises it will be able to run for an extraordinary 620 miles (1,000km) per charge but has only revealed a 3D model of the vehicle so far

Fresco promises it will be able to run for an extraordinary 620 miles (1,000km) per charge but has only revealed a 3D model of the vehicle so far

The Fresco XL will be designed for 'harsher climates', likely including snow as the company is based in Scandinavia, and will come with dual motors

The Fresco XL will be designed for ‘harsher climates’, likely including snow as the company is based in Scandinavia, and will come with dual motors

KEY SPECIFICATIONS 

Model name

Fresco XL

Power

Electric 

Range

620 miles (1,000km)

Capacity

Eight passengers 

Development stage

Only a 3D model has been revealed, rather than a prototype, but the electric car is available to pre-order with a £834 ($1,466) deposit

Price

$115,000 (£84,565)

Other cars with a range as high as that tend to have a saloon or sedan design, which offer better aerodynamics because they are smaller and lighter.

The Fresco XL will be designed for ‘harsher climates’, likely including snow as the company is based in Scandinavia, and will come with dual motors. 

Despite being in the early stages, the electric car is available to pre-order with a £834 ($1,466) deposit, with 3,000 models set to be made available initially.

Not a lot else is currently known about the Fresco XL, but the designers behind it said it will have double-stacked batteries and vehicle-to-load capabilities.

This means the main battery will be able to power other things in the car.

For example, it could be that the electric vehicle with have power sockets that electronics including a phone or laptop can be plugged into, in the same way you would your home.

There is also the chance that owners will be able to turn their car battery into a back-up power supply for their home, or potentially sell energy back to the grid.

‘The all-electric Fresco XL will come with an extra-large battery pack,’ said Adrian Kristofer Locklindh, chief operating officer of Fresco. 

‘As it will be double stacked, it will ensure approx. 1,000 km of driving range per charge.

‘In addition to a battery pack that solves the range anxiety problem, we are delighted to unveil that Fresco XL will come with aerodynamic rims, which will ensure a high energy efficiency.’

He added: ‘In the case you need some additional energy, hook up your Fresco XL to your house or cabin. 

Despite being in the early stages, the electric car is available to pre-order with a £834 ($1,466) deposit, with 3,000 models set to be made available initially

Despite being in the early stages, the electric car is available to pre-order with a £834 ($1,466) deposit, with 3,000 models set to be made available initially

Not a lot else is currently known about the Fresco XL, but the designers behind it said it will have double-stacked batteries and vehicle-to-load capabilities

Not a lot else is currently known about the Fresco XL, but the designers behind it said it will have double-stacked batteries and vehicle-to-load capabilities

It could be that the electric vehicle with have power sockets that electronics including a phone or laptop can be plugged into, in the same way you would your home

It could be that the electric vehicle with have power sockets that electronics including a phone or laptop can be plugged into, in the same way you would your home

There is also the chance that owners will be able to turn their car battery into a back-up power supply for their home, or potentially sell energy back to the grid

There is also the chance that owners will be able to turn their car battery into a back-up power supply for their home, or potentially sell energy back to the grid

‘Due to its rather large battery pack, it would essentially work as a backup unit, and as the Fresco XL is such an extra-large vehicle, you can quite easily use it for camping and road trips. 

‘All you need to do is pull down the seats to create a flat surface, put in your bedding and use it as a camper.’

Espen Kvalvik, CEO and chairman of Fresco, said: ‘Due to the harsh climates our customers are located in, we have chosen to equip each axle with their own electric motor. 

‘Not only will this standard equipment ensure better traction on slippery roads, but the all-wheel-drive (AWD) will make the Fresco XL off-road capable as well.’ 

The Tesla Cybertruck prototype generated a lot of buzz when it was brought to New York City in May last year

The Tesla Cybertruck prototype generated a lot of buzz when it was brought to New York City in May last year

The Cybertuck features a unique futuristic design including 'Armour Glass'

The Cybertuck features a unique futuristic design including ‘Armour Glass’  

Excitement for Elon Musk‘s hotly-anticipated Tesla Cybertruck is continuing to grow, even though the futuristic concept has been repeatedly delayed over the last few years. 

Last month it was revealed that Tesla had quietly removed the promise of 2022 production from its website, having originally pushed back the vehicle debut from 2021. 

When the Cybertruck was first announced, Musk claimed it would cost $39,900 (£29,500) and would tow up to 7,500lbs. Those claims have also disappeared and were scrubbed from the website at some point last year.

The Cybertruck originally debuted in November 2019, with its futuristic armoured vehicle-look and angular sides dividing the internet. 

Tesla is said to have received more than 1 million pre-orders for the vehicle. 

WHAT ARE THE TOP FIVE FASTEST PRODUCTION ELECTRIC CARS IN THE WORLD?

The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies – many of them small startups – vying to build the quickest.

Electric cars have rapid acceleration largely because combustion engines cannot produce immediate torque, while electric engines can.

This means that many of the world’s fastest production electric cars, which are road legal, accelerate faster than most Formula One vehicles.

Here are the top five fastest production electric cars.

1) Aspark Owl: 0-60 in 1.69 seconds 

2) Rimac Concept Two: 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 1.85 seconds

3) Tesla’s next generation Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds  

4) Faraday Future FF 91: 0-60 in 2.39 seconds

5) Tesla Model S P100D: 0-60 in 2.4 seconds 

The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies - many of them small startups - vying to build the quickest. Pictured is Tesla's next generation Roadster, due for release in 2020

The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies – many of them small startups – vying to build the quickest. Pictured is Tesla’s next generation Roadster, due for release in 2020



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