New electric car....freakin awesome!

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    I heard about this on NPR the other day. It's exciting! 0-60 in 4 seconds on electricity! Gas companies are going to put a hit out on the guy who invented this.
     
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    Heh yea, or they could wise up and realize we won't be using gas forever. They need to start supplying alternative fuels. All-electric cars won't become feasible until they find a way to recharge them quickly. Hopefully they'll find out a way to dump more juice into such batteries. It may actually be easier to move towards all electric cars than hydrogen since you really don't need to build a new infrastructure for it---every building gets electricity as it is.
     
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    I wonder what the price will be.
     
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    They are taking orders right now. The MSRP is $100,000.

    I'm getting two. :D
     
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    FUCK ME!!!! Daddy likes!!!

    And I love the idea of piping custom MP3's to change the engine "sound" to mess with other motorists....
     
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    The lithium batteries are probably capable of taking more charge. The problem is the circuit breaker at your house. It can only flow so much current. For fast charging you'd have to either have A) an industrial power supply, or B) a whopping big battery in your garage that slowly charges up at night and dumps quickly into car batteries.

    What's really cool is, I'm pretty sure these are the old, conventional lithiums. Which means that better batteries are due soon--faster chargups (depending on the source obviously), higher energy density, better durability, longer lifetimes, and best of all, cheaper cost.

    http://www.a123systems.com/html/home.html (these just went on sale in DeWalt 36V tools...they are cordless, yet MORE powerful than the corded versions!)
    http://fireflyenergy.com/
    http://www.altairnano.com/
    http://www.feelgoodcars.com/media/images_media/TorontoStar_EEStor.pdf
    www.europositron.com

    If these are all they are cracked up to be, we might see even better cars really soon. Maybe a Tesla 2.0, with 400+ mile range, Corvette price point, faster chargup (with the right equipment), and a battery pack that can withstand literally decades of use. Even if the price is twice that of a gasoline car, think of how much you'd save on maintenance with an electric car. You don't necessarily have to have a transmission, differential, or even mechanical brakes. Imagine tires and shocks being the only routine wear items.
     
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    Where did you see that?
     
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    I followed the links at the link in the OP to the Wired article.

    IIRC, it was in the article summary, page three.
     
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    HELL YEAH!!

    That is what I'm talking about. . . PROGRESSIVE SCIENCE!!

    No way I'm waiting around for a rapture to relieve me of my miserable life :wank:
    I'll be buzzing across the highway in one of these, happy as a child!

    :banana: "power up the engines! Warp 3!" :banana:
     

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