So where are most people going to be able to buy it from? Where's the spare parts network? How much for new batteries? Where can I put a weeks for of shopping for 4 people? Where do we put the partner and the 2 kids? Where does the dog go?
It's not junk, but it's not terribly practical for anything other than a race track.
1st May, 2012 @ 9:27 p.m. (California Time)
Another un practical electric car. As long as the batteries are so expensive, bulky, dangerous and have a low power tensity e-cars are unpractical nice looking or not.
2nd May, 2012 @ 3:57 a.m. (California Time)
these UNPRACTICAL e-sportcars are just fine. think about it: the usually small companies couldn't afford to develop practical cars for a everyday market, they build niche-products for a boutique-market, but: they create media-presence, image, interest and demand for e-cars, and therefore are a significant force pushing the big-fish-companies to produce e-cars for everyone in their everydays life, and those cars will be practical.
furthermore, those small companies put a lot of effort in developing their cars specs, to proove naysayers wrong. the big-fish-companies hardly do that, they are obviously good pals of the oil-industry..
2nd May, 2012 @ 7:04 a.m. (California Time)
Well, let's address those remarks concerning the impracticability of these cars. You just have different modes of transportation for different missions. Want to go to the grocery store? Take the Porsche Cayenne. Out for the night on the town with friends? Take the Lexus 600hL. Go to Home Depot? Take the Escalade ESV. Run out to Vail for a weekend of skiing? Jump in the Citation. So, what's the problem?
2nd May, 2012 @ 9:23 a.m. (California Time)
now that California has passed its own version of cap and trade, and almost all electricity in that state is from coal fired plants, power costs are going to skyrocket. adding one electric car is the equivalent of an entire household of power use, California is already having brown, outs and rolling black outs. all of these factors are going to make it more expensive to run an electric car than a gas one, and even to clean air from an electric car is negated by the coal it takes to make the power in cal. if cap and trade is passed nation wide which it may well be, it will be very impractical to run these types of cars at all nation wide. its cool tech but i don't see them being used alot except by people that want to look like they are saving the environment and have the cash to pay for the power to run them.
2nd May, 2012 @ 11:02 a.m. (California Time)
Racing has always provided the R&D for the auto industry! Formula One cars aren't for everybody - in fact, they aren't for anybody! But without them we'd be without low drag bodies, (relatively) fuel efficient engines, suspension designs, tire compounds, and a host of other technology that's found its way to the family car. The development of safe, dependable transportation requires design and testing of their constituent technologies. Speed and range have been major limitations to e-vehicles, so where better to test improvements than on a track?
2nd May, 2012 @ 12:14 p.m. (California Time)
While it is in it's present form impractical, I suspect the purpose is to bring a new 'sexyness' to the EV world. Jusl like all the other exotic and semi-exotic flagship models of conventional manufacturers. I suppose the point is to highlight the possible performance envelope available. Truth be told, an EV is made up of a vehicle superstructure (nothing really new here), batteries ( available to anyone who can afford them) a motor ( various types available, again, available to all) and a control system, typically a 3 phase VFD or DC drive. All off the shelf. Just like Solar, its not a question of availability or even performance. It's really a question of cost and affordability. As the saying goes, "There in lies the rub".
2nd May, 2012 @ 1:07 p.m. (California Time)
It continues to be good to see all those involved in striving to build more and more applications for electric vehicles. It does not really matter at this point what the finished product looks like. These efforts are all just small steps toward a better tomorrow. All should applauded...especially by those on the sidelines that can only look on with envious contempt at being left out of the developmental process.
Now, leave me alone so I can go back to work on my time machine.
2nd May, 2012 @ 2:24 p.m. (California Time)
1) replace the exhausted batteries with the other set of batteries that are already charged. Back on the road in 1 minute.
2) I still don't buy the large wheel rim. It's heavier and a less comfortable ride.
2nd May, 2012 @ 4:44 p.m. (California Time)
It would be a good thing to see many of these new electrics on the racing scene. Lets get this electric mega watt HP in action! Pocono has just completed a solar charged racetrack, will we see other racetracks getting into the solar charging scene to stay competitive?
Italy is moving toward a massive construction of solar car charging canopies around the nation, will we see the same in the US?
Not likely, as long as the deep voiced macho truck gas guzzler commercials dominate the main sporting events.
2nd May, 2012 @ 7:09 p.m. (California Time)
That's the K1 Attack kit car. At one time you could just purchase a Honda donor motor or electric motor, like the the college kids have done in this model, and create a fun, fast, and cheap thrill. Looks like someone figured they should just rebrand and charge more.
3rd May, 2012 @ 2:06 a.m. (California Time)
re; Art Toegemann
Stopping every thirty minutes and changing out heavy batteries would really git in the way of the driving experience.
High performance tires and suspension will always give a harsher ride than tires and suspension tuned for comfort. But the light alloy or composite material of the rims weighs less than the rubber that it replaces, and while it is possible to take it too far and screw up your ride and handling the low profile tires on this Overpriced under Performing car look about right.
3rd May, 2012 @ 8:33 a.m. (California Time)
These new electric cars are fantastic and the negative comments from readers is hard to believe, especially people talking about rising electricity costs, in California!. Have you guys not heard of solar PV systems? You will find that, as with all emerging technology, that the price of the components always drops , once the volume increases to a practical level. Lets' hope and pray that there are some other "optimists" out there!
3rd May, 2012 @ 4:20 p.m. (California Time)
The weight and poor energy density of devices for storing electricity with the possible exception of drag racing prevent them from being competitive. Plus they are more dangerous than the liquid inflammable.
3rd May, 2012 @ 7:48 p.m. (California Time)
Lithium Iron phosphate is no where nearly as dangerous as other lithium technologies that we here about or burning up or blowing up on Utube... they do not explode, overheat and do into thermal runaway as most others do, but they do have a very high energy density for their size and cost... Watch as LiFePO4 takes on some rather difficult 'electric' applications in the future....
4th May, 2012 @ 7:53 a.m. (California Time)
I was encouraged to read 150 mile range & 20 minutes to 80% recharge. That could mean 300 mile range with ultra low drag & ultra low weight (realistic platform) such as found on the open source "hypercar" platform developed by RMI some 20 years ago. I would not mind stopping every 4.5 hours for 20 minutes on a long trip if I saved 75% on fuel.
However, no price or life was give for this battery. Is it reasonable, e.g., cost effective? Once again when key facts are left out I wonder why. Is it because this battery is not practical? Is it only good for racing or concept cars? I wonder, and wait for real EV progress. When are we going to get the first production EV for the mass market? Why did Aptera fail? It had everything except production.
6th May, 2012 @ 4:27 p.m. (California Time)
Here in France you can now buy a new electric city vehicle for about Euro 7000. In US $ 9600,-. This is without side "doors". Plus a rent of Euro 50,00 $ 68,- per month. Lets stay with US $
For one year this means adding $ 816. The thing is only for city use. Action radius about 80km. When it is cold you can halve the action radius. When you live in Paris and live on the outskirts you need to re-charge halfway. Load time discharged to full charged 8 hours. Now what is practical on this thing ?
8th May, 2012 @ 4:12 a.m. (California Time)