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Fast cars will go even faster with electric power

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Good news. I’m more than happy to make many sacrifices to reduce energy consumption, and very much enjoy walking, riding my bike, and even taking the bus. But I really like my car, and like it to be able to haul my gear, my buddies, and me up through the mountains. Bring on the electrics.

Electric supercars

Highly charged motoring

Mar 18th 2010 | From The Economist print edition

SOME people think sports cars are threatened with extinction by tightening restrictions on carbon-dioxide emissions and unacceptable fuel-guzzling. They fear the roar of the V8 will be replaced by the whirr of the electric armature—and that motoring will never be the same again. Well, it ought to be quieter, that is true. But the Jeremy Clarksons and J. Bonington Jagworths of this world need not fear that it will be slower.

The secret (whisper it, lest puritanical greens find out) is that electric motors are better than combustion engines. They have more oomph, and no need of a gearbox to deliver it. No self-respecting supercar should be without them. And, at this month’s Geneva motor show, at least three supercar-makers showed that they had got the message. Lotus, Porsche and Ferrari each unveiled vehicles driven partly by electric motors. These cars have petrol engines, too, to back the electric ones up; technically, therefore, they are hybrids. But that should change in the future as batteries’ storage capacity goes up, and charging time comes down. Most importantly they show that, sometimes, doing the right thing can be fun.

Read the entire article here.

Written by Jason

March 20th, 2010 at 6:12 pm