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Watch: Electric car goes 0-62 mph in 1.5 seconds, smashes world record

Watch: Electric car goes 0-62 mph in 1.5 seconds, smashes world record
Watch: Electric car goes 0-62 mph in 1.5 seconds, smashes world record
Posted at 8:55 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 09:55:40-04

Think electric cars are slow? A group of students in Switzerland would take offense at that notion.

Students at two Swiss universities got together, built a vehicle and smashed the world record for acceleration by an electric car. The small race car named the Grimsel went from 0-100 kmh (62 mph) in 1.513 seconds during a run on Wednesday at Dübendorf Air Base near Zurich.

The previous world record was done in 1.779 seconds in July 2015 by a group of German students, according to Guinness World Records.

According to the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich, the Grimsel only weighs about 370 pounds — as a comparison, Formula One cars weigh about 1,600 pounds. The group boasts that no other car on Earth can match the Grimsel's acceleration rate.

Watch the team's record-setting acceleration in the video player above. Watch a longer version of the team's run at this link.

PHOTO: ETH Zürich / Alessandro Della Bella

Clint Davis is a reporter for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.