Compact Power's ER2 Breaks Pikes Peak EV Record

July 08, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Electric Racer 2 (ER2) electric car by Compact Power Inc. (Colorado Springs, CO) set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29, 2002, completing the 12.42 mile race up Pike's Peak in 15 minutes 18.64 seconds. The course climbs from an elevation of 9,399ft to 14,110ft through a series of 156 turns in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The ER2’s 11.5kWh battery pack used a new lithium-ion polymer (LiPB) battery chemistry.

"We raced to prove that our present development course is correct," stated Compact Power President and CEO Dan Rivers. "Now we know that LiPB technology holds the future and we will accelerate our efforts to develop this technology. We plan to participate in this race again and hope to break the 10-minute barrier in the future. This mark has never been broken, and if done in an EV, will further stimulate the market and speed up the commercialization of EV and HEV platforms."