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Lets do some simple math. If I buy a $30000 gas powered auto that leaves me with $70K in the bank. With that 70K I can buy 28000 gals. of gas at $2.50/gal. Assuming 25MPG (doable) that`s 700,000 miles I can travel on the money I save. Since no car will last 700K miles I come out ahead economically all the way around since during the life of the car I`ll be using that 70K for other things. This is known as minimizing your lost opportunity costs.
electric car producers finally got a clue.
It doesn`t cost much to install but most people wouldn`t go to the trouble.
Also the Elise was never about HP, HP means nothing because it`s all about preformance, the mustang weighs the same as this car. 500lbs is enough to cut down track times but when compared to all road cars this will murder them. The Elise chassis would kick your car`s ass.
Once or if they halv the weight of storing electricity electric cars will crush gas cars.
The lack of sound is a very sad thing though.
The batery pack and electric engine, compared to a fule tank and gas engine, weigh 600lbs more!
That`s like having 2 fat people in your car. The values are obviously reversed where a gas engine weighs a lot and the fule weighs little, and an electric engine weighs nothing but the fule weighs I would say about 700 pounds.
The nice thing about electricity is as space age materials are developed we can make engines lighter, imagine an engine made out of depleted uranium for example. As power cell technology increases battery weight will go down, as only a very very small portion of the mass in a battery is directly used to store electricity.
Either way the advantages of Electric Engines are clear because EVEN with the equivilent of two Oprahs...
The thing you have to understand with electric cars is yes they have great acceleration, are free to drive, and don`t polute.
But because of the battery the whole thing will have a ridiculous weight to it. It`s at best like filing your entire back seat with water.
I think it`s rated at 250hp with acceleration to 60 at around 4 seconds and a topspeed hovering near 140.
ps i want one of these so bad
About. Damn. Time. There`s hope for this world yet... Let me save some money, win the lottery or buy into the right stocks.. then you`ll see me in one of those.
For now I love my Scion tC.