Go Faster With Electricity

Do you like fast cars? But want to save petrol, money or the environment? Besides mass-market electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, the Vauxhall Ampera or the Mitsubishi i-Miev, there are already numerous sports cars available with hybrid or fully electric engines, which are still as fast as anyone could dream of.

Electric sports cars already on the roads

Probably the most well-known member of the category is the Tesla Roadster. It accelerates to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, and the special lithium-ion battery allows the owner to drive 245 miles with only one charge,

Fisker Karma

As a committed environmentalist, even Leonardo di Caprio owns a Tesla and has just recently purchased another fast hybrid vehicle that is capable of doing 67 miles with only one gallon of fuel (about 3.5 litre per 100 kilometres), a Fisker Karma. Its top speed is 125 miles per hour, and it even has a solar glass roof for utilising solar energy. The car paint is recycled, similarly to the recycled Ultrasuede interior.

The UK-based company, Lightning, has developed the Lightning GT, which accelerates to 100 km/h (about 62 mph) only in five seconds, and can be charged in three various ways, the ultrafast method only using ten minutes of topping up. The distance that can be done with one charge is about 240 kilometres (about 150 miles), while it features a unique lithium titanate battery, which is said to be charged faster than more usually used lithium-ion types.

Meanwhile, another speedy car is the Venturi Fetish, which goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds, and sports a top speed of 200 km/h (about 124 mph). It offers a range of 340 kilometres (about 211 miles) allowed by the latest lithium ion polymer battery design.

Venturi Fetish

These state-of-the-art cars come with several luxurious features at a similarly luxurious price, of course.

Concept cars

Besides the existing models, more and more car manufacturers are introducing electric concept sports cars, as well.

Mass-market manufacturers, like Audi and Nissan have already showcased some concept cars. Audi has been working on the e-tron Spyder, a plug-in hybrid with two electric engines, while Nissan recently announced the ESFLOW, which shall speed up to 100 km/h (about 62 mph) in less than five seconds, and which would have an electric engine on each rear wheel.

Koenigsegg’s Quant [7] is also designed for acceleration, which it can do from 0 to 100 km/h in only 2.2 seconds, which is also supported by its lightweight carbon fibre material.

Another great potential may be developed by Morgan Motor in the frame of the +E project, with the aim to design a pure electric car with state-of-the-art features and solutions.

The future

Electric cars have gradually advanced, primarily by their efficiency. While electric sports cars may seem to be expensive toys and target only a small niche in the electric car market, they may be a key in reaching out to new audiences.

Also, as they are usually sold at higher price, they can include important improvements, which may not be researched and/or implemented for mass-market vehicles, but which may be useful for any electric car.

Furthermore, as costs are expected to lower, eventually they may even become everyday sights on the roads.

Written for the Energy Saving Warehouse

Image from Fisker Karma, Venturi, Koenigsegg

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