My post on "Sustainable Motoring" has drawn quite a bit of interest compared to many other posts I have made. I have been trawling the Net looking at some of the weird and wonderful offering in the all-electric-car market.
Here is a tiny peep at a sample of the offerings:
The XS500 by the Miles Automotive Group. Nice enough looking box but the tag is a bit in XS of 500 - if you get my meaning!! Top speed is 80+ mph. Range on a single charge 150 miles (not bad). Battery life 100,000 miles. At about €40,000 – a bit saucy!!
ZX40s has a factory price tag of $18,400 + taxes and delivery costs. Max speed is a mere 25 mph. The range on a single charge is a very tight 40 to 50 miles. (Would only be good for delivering the kids to school or the like)
The word is out that Mercedes Benz at its Research Centre in Stuttgart is developing a car that will “revolutionize the luxury auto market” - so they say!!! The “revolutionary” thing is that this car will be all electric. (nothing too revolutionary there)
Word is that it will use a lithium-ion type battery (already outdated technology guys) that can be recharged in one of two ways. One will be by plugging it in; the other option will be by a dynamo of some sort that will charge the battery while driving. (in other words it will have a secondary oil engine to charge the battery).
So far the range is limited to 170 km about 105 miles before it has to be re-charged. (Not for cross continental touring then is it?)
(If they worked on the idea of ultra-capacitors instead of batteries and got a decent range of say 300-400Km, it might be a truly revolutionary car)