Electric - and steam - motors have maximum torque at zero RPM. Can make for some exciting times if you're not careful.
Tesla motors was founded by computer geeks. The head guy ran a graph for a couple years of battery cost, weight, power and heat until all the lines crossed in the right spot, then started the car company. They did the electronics in silicon valley and outsourced the "car" bits to Lotus. And stole so many Lotus engineers that they had to negotiate a new "no hire" contract. That's from memory ... follow that Wired link on the company site to see all the details.
The car is well up on my "when I win the lottery" list. [ February 16, 2007: Message edited by: Stan James ]
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of the idea. John Ciardi
But isn't that like trying to match a F1 car against a road going car? The Modena and Carerra has a lot of weight and technology on them, and are not exactly 'drag race cars'- Over a proper race circuit, with bends etc, I am sure the X1 (?) wouldn't do that better, or if they were to fix up X1 with a roof, better seats, speakers and other normal car accessories, then I think its a proper contest.
Having said that, I do hope the electric car wins every time, but its pretty known fact that the electric motors are better than fossil fuel engines at accelerating to top speed! [ February 16, 2007: Message edited by: Ashok Mash ]
In the movie "Borat" he was shopping for a car and asking about certain magnetic properties of the vehicle. It is not clear yet whether those properties would be enhanced or degraded as a result of having an electric motor. The engine sound may be important for attracting attention, and engine vibrations may also play a role.
As @Stan James said, electric and steam engines have max torque at zero RPM. Its torque that moves things, not horsepower. Which is why trains and big trucks have power systems with lots of torque.
While the quarter mile time is the American performance standard, its fairly silly. Real drivers don't accelerate wide open for that long.
So, I don't care if some electric cars can be faster (altho you really mean quicker) than gas cars. In the US, its pointless to go over 80 MPH, maybe 90. And useful acceleration happens for five seconds or so.
Until gasoline is taxes to make it cost a dollar a liter, all this hybrid and electric car talk is hype.
You want electric cars, talk to your congressmen and Senators to make them raise taxes. Good luck with that one.
John Smith wrote:Impressive acceleration and range, indeed. Price has to come down to 30K, though.
My Acura RSX Type-S can do 0-60 in the mid 6-second range and gets 32MPG on my daily commute. I can "charge" it at the pump in a few minutes, as opposed to 8 hours for the typical electric car. And it cost $22k. No electric or hybrid car comes close in the bang-for-buck category. Even if an electric car with those specs were available for $30k, it would take years before your pocketbook would see the savings of driving the imaginary electric car over the gas one.
Joe Ess wrote:No electric or hybrid car comes close YET in the bang-for-buck category.
fixed that for you!!!
You could say the same thing about flying cars. I'm not holding my breath for one of those either!
(don't get me wrong, I would love to stick it to the man and go off the grid and run the joemobile with sunlight or rainbows or unicorn poop or whatever. I just don't see it happening anytime soon)
There was a story on an fresh new upstart to the electric car field yesterday:
The big automakers are racing to bring to market the future of automobile travel, but Coda Automotive is beating them to the punch with its $45,000, five-passenger, four-door sedan. It has already lined up a Chinese partner to build the car and its battery design could become the standard for the industry.