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Green supercar!

Get this: 550 pound-feet of torque, 640 horsepower, and it uses no gasoline at all:

Click the image to see the story.

Yup, this sexy beast is a fully electric car. Some more amazing stats: 250-mile range using regenerative braking and nano-lithium-titanate batteries that are claimed to charge in only 10 minutes and maintain 85% capacity after 15,000 charges.

Wow! I want one. Oh, except for one small detail: It costs about $300,000.

But if this is coming soon, the rest of us will be able to get our hands on really cool, durable, and practical electrics not long after.

Best,
Chris

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queenoftheskies
Mar. 4th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
WOW!
mckitterick
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
gryphonrose
Mar. 4th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Nice. Very nice. I like the Tesla Roadster as well. And Hybrid Technologies (http://www.hybridtechnologies.com/).
mckitterick
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Cool company! Thanks for the tip.
clevermanka
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
There's an article about the Tesla Roadster on Engadget, here.
clevermanka
Mar. 4th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Want.
intrepid
Mar. 4th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
The Lightning is gorgeous, as is the Tesla Roadster.

Personally, I can't wait for the day when my car -and most other peoples' cars- are electric. That will be so cool!

What I'm wondering is when thought and planning is going to be applied to getting the infrastructure details worked out. Nationwide, the grid is going to have to be beefed up to soak up the demand of millions of charging automobiles. Solving that one, thankfully, is easy.

Nuclear power. It's not the 70s, we're not talking Three Mile Island. Even one of the founders of Greenpeace is behind building more nuclear plants. We have to. Coal plants produce too much carbon. Wind and solar are awesome, and are developing quickly, but we've been building nuclear reactors for over fifty years now. We've got proven, reliable technology there.

The little details are what's really going to need looking at. Are businesses going to provide plugs in their parking lots? Will the plugs be free, or will they charge you for their use? What about rest stops on the Interstates? Will there be Federal laws saying that highways and interstates must have charging stations every 100 miles or something similar?

Gas stations will stay in business. That's obvious. Convenience stores are still going to make money, they just won't offer as much gas, and offer electric charging at the same time.

Parking garages will be -or should be- built with charging plugs in mind, will older ones get refitted?

What about metered parking? Will the meters now be hooked into the grid and provide charging as well? Apartment buildings and complexes will need to look into solutions as well.

It won't be easy, and there will be stumbling blocks. But I can't wait. I want to be able to do eighty down the interstate and the only thing I hear is the wind and the slight hum from the wheel motors.
mckitterick
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
It'll be much simpler to update our driving infrastructure to suit electric than hydrogen, that's for sure. Also, I read a great article recently about how the electric grid doesn't actually need more power plants if we have 220-volt electric cars that serve as power storage. The argument goes thus:

If we leave our electric cars plugged in all the time, they spend 90% or more of their time sitting parked, charging or selling power back to the grid during high-demand times. Most of the time, the grid produces much more power than people use, but they have to keep it charged at full capacity that might get used or we'll have brown-outs. However, the grid could be buffered by using millions of electric cars sitting idle, drawing from their batteries (which would provide refunds to the cars' owners) as needed.

I love it! More electric cars could equal less power-plant construction.

Chris
geekmom
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Wow. Now I want one, too.
theoneinblue
Mar. 8th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
ooooooooooowow. Gorgeous and efficient? That's hot...
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