Believe it or not, electric cars have been around since the late 1800′s, but only in the last decade or so has there been a substantial push to produce quality hybrids and electric cars that are halfway exciting. For example, the Fisker Karma and Tesla roadster are two well-known examples of performance electric and gas-electric hybrid performance cars. Although these are respectable performance electric hybrids, they don’t hold a candle to a Japanese electric super car that you are less likely to be acquainted with and is perhaps the most incredible exotic electric car ever built. It’s called the Eliica (or Electric Lithium Ion Car) which is an electric powered concept car that was revealed to the general public in 2004. The Eliica car was designed at Tokyo’s prestigious Keio University by a team of creative and determined engineers. The design team started with the lofty goal of exceeding a top speed of 230 mph, which is ambitious for any gasoline-powered sports car, let alone an electric car not typically associated with this level of performance. Unlike the Fisker Karma, which is a performance gas-electric hybrid, the Eliica car is all electric and powered by a grid of 80 batteries which can be relatively easily recharged at home in about 10 hours. Beyond the astonishing 230 mph top speed (a goal that they achieved), this electric sports car features a unique 8-wheel drive platform which delivers 640 horsepower. If you have the estimated $255,000 that it will take to call one of these Eliica electric supercars your own; then you may be disappointed to know that the Eliica is currently not available for purchase. Talks of production have floated around for the past few years, however nothing has materialized as of yet. The drooling public will just have to wait to see this car parked at the nearest Starbucks in the near future. In the meantime, check out these videos of the Eliica vs Porsche 911 Turbo and the Eliica versus Lancer Evo VIII.