Atieva electric car test mule beats BMW i8, Dodge Viper in quarter mile

In late 2015 a little known automotive startup by the name of Atieva announced plans to compete in the electric car space.

Beyond that intention, the company, which is based in Silicon Valley, has been mostly quiet on all fronts.

Now, however, Atieva has previewed the performance of its powertrain.

Atieva is using Mercedes-Benz vans as test mules but the powertrain being developed isn’t for a commercial vehicle. It will initially be offered in a high-performance sedan.

The powertrain features two electric motors, two sets of power electronics, two gearboxes, and one battery. The battery has a capacity of 87 kilowatt-hours and can deliver over 900 horsepower.