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The Electric Super-Car Arms Race Has Begun


Just under a week ago, Shelby Supercars (unrelated to the legendary Carroll Shelby) released the details for their 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, 1000 hp, 208 mph top speed electric super car called the Ultimate Aero EV. With the grandpappy of this niche, the Tesla Roadster, already being delivered and production of the Fisker Karma starting this year, it is safe to say that there is some competition in this high-end market.

If these companies can actually start churning out cars dependably, I am looking at you Tesla, I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that this technology will be used to create commuter cars that the mere mortal can afford. If you look back around the turn of the century to the beginning of the automobile era, you will see that they were originally high-end coach built machines that only the uber-rich could afford. Eventually, once they were able to be mass manufactured, they became much more affordable and eventually ubiquitous.

Something else to note about this is that most of this development in the electric vehicle space has been courtesy of free market forces (unless I am mistaken.) I am sure that public funding for green product and energy development is a positive, but perhaps truly sustainable and beneficial advances come from private sector activity.

And now, for no good reason really, a pic from the Tesla Roadster crash tests. Glorious and sad at the same time…

Pic from Autoblog.

The Tesla Roadster

I really hope everyone has enjoyed the blog so far. We welcomed our readers, and described what our blog will be about as well as what e-waste actually is.

I figure we can go a different direction for this post and take a look at something that I came across while surfing the web. Let me give you a little back story.

I have a weakness for a good looking car. This presents a problem. One of the reasons I work at Phoneraiser is because I sincerely and deeply care about the environment. Well, saying that and driving a sports car that gets 13 mpg would be hypocritical. I won’t have to worry about that for two reasons. I couldn’t afford one and I don’t think there is any way I could carry my bikes with it.

Enter the The Tesla Roadster. The latest attempt at producing a viable electric car. When you hear electric car you may think of the 1997 GM EV1 or hybrid electric-gasoline car such as a Toyota Scion. The Tesla is a world apart from both of those. It goes from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds with a top speed of over 130 mph. It has a range of 250 miles on a single charge and is more than twice as efficient as a hybrid.

Unfortunately a Tesla is still out of my reach. I don’t think it will carry my bikes either, but there is hope. The Tesla Motors blog has said that they are developing more practical cars. If they are half as fast and good lookin’ as the roadster, I will be happy.