Hispano Suiza Carmen electric luxury car revealed

Hispano Suiza’s self-styled ‘hyperlux’ Carmen luxury electric car targets over 250 miles of range

The Hispano Suiza Carmen electric 'hyperluxury' car has made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Spanish car brand says an 80kWh battery will give a range in excess of 250 miles, with two rear-mounted electric motors producing 1,006bhp.

Weighing 1,690kg, the Carmen will do 0-62mph in under three seconds, en route to a limited top speed of 155mph.

80kW CCS charging will deliver a 30-80% rapid charge in less than half an hour, with CHAdeMO and GB/T charging compatibility also included, according to Hispano Suiza.

The Carmen has also been designed to be ready for improvements in lithium-ion battery technology: it expects efficiency to rise from 230Wh/kg to 300Wh/kg in the future, raising the prospect of a 105kWh battery with even more range.

Prices for the Hispano Suiza Carmen start at €1.5 million excluding taxes, with a customer launch date pencilled in for June 2020. Testing will begin later this year, with media expected to get behind the wheel for the first time this October.

The little-known company – which was founded in 1904 and built cars and aeroplane engines until 1946 – last appeared at Geneva with a prototype unrelated to the Carmen in 2002.

The Carmen will be built around a carbon-fibre monocoque, which the company says will provide the basis for the car’s “exceptional luxury, comfort, innovation and attention to detail”. The electric powertrain is a custom design overseen by production partner QEV Technologies, which Hispano Suiza says has engineering experience with supercar brands and in Formula E.

The car is a two-seater, and is inspired by the brand’s 1938 Dubonnet Xenia. A flowing, aerodynamic design reduces the effect of wind resistance on the vehicle, improving efficiency and boosting performance.

Inside, buyers will find a 10.1-inch, high-definition touchscreen with which to control the infotainment system. Leather heated seats with lumbar are included, with a suite of safety features including parking assist and a rear parking camera, among others. Remote vehicle control via a smartphone app has also been mooted.

The car will be built in Barcelona, where the company has its headquarters, a technical centre and a manufacturing facility.