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Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg has revealed he’s a huge fan of electric cars, and that he sees the zero-emission vehicles becoming a dominant form of transport by 2020. Koenigsegg, for those unfamiliar with the Swedish brand, is a manufacturer of some of the world’s fastest supercars, so to learn that its founder thinks electric cars are the future may come as bit of a surprise.
But then again, it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise as several years ago Koenigsegg partnered with a startup company in an attempt to launch a new electric sports sedan. Later, Koenigsegg attempted to take control of fellow Swedish automaker Saab in order to build electric cars, something that Saab’s current owner NEVS plans as well.
However, probably the biggest indicator that Koenigsegg's founder is keen on electric cars is the fact that he recently took delivery of a Tesla Model S in his native Sweden, a car he ordered more than 18 months ago. He revealed the information to the Tesla Club Sweden (via Auto Motor and Sport) during a recent electric car conference in the Swedish town of Helsingborg.
He reportedly said that there was no better car than the Tesla Model S in its price range and that it was very affordable given its performance. He is also claimed to have said that one of the best sports sedans on the market, the BMW M5, accelerates slower, handles poorer and isn’t as fun to drive as the Model S.
He doesn’t see the internal combustion engine disappearing anytime soon, however. He still sees them being useful for super sports car applications and becoming an enthusiast option in the future.