2016 Paris Motor Show: GLM's 400kW, $400k-plus electric supercar by 2019

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The world could have an electric supercar by 2019 if a fledgling Japanese tech company can bring a radical concept car to showrooms.

Japanese upstart GLM is planning a 400kW/1000Nm four-door powered purely by batteries. It is claimed to reach 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

The largely unheard-of company has supplied EV components and has experience working through homologation issues in various countries. It plans to expand, using the GLM G4 concept that was unveiled at the 2016 motor show as a brochure for its wares.

GLM-400kw -Japanese -supercar -rear -sideDesigned by Dutch design house Savage Rivale, the GLM G4 is a reborn version of the Roadyacht GTS created by the company years ago.

GLM - an acronym for Great Lord Motors, which is supposed to signify "nature controls everything" - revealed the low slung four-seater concept as a precursor to a planned production model that could arrive within a few years.

The Japanese company, which was formed by a professor at the Kyoto University, says it will build only about 1000 of the G4s, with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari the target.

GLM-400kw -Japanese -supercar -seatsThe driving range is about 400km from a bank of batteries in the floor.

The GLM G4 has two electric motors driving all four wheels.

Wheels spoke to a GLM board director at the Paris motor show who suggested the GLM G4 would cost more than a Porsche 911 Turbo, indicating a price tag north of $400,000.

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