18 Apr Top Performing Electric Sports Cars Become A Reality
Electric and sports cars? You must be kidding, may be your first thought. After all, electric cars don’t have the power and speed of a conventional gasoline sportscar. They may use clean and green energy, be quiet on the roads (sports cars are known for their noise), but they simply cannot give the mileage that a conventional sportscar can.
And if you are addicted to speed and thrills, then you may not even consider electric sport cars. But wait; there is news for you. Some car manufacturers have taken the plunge and announced and produced electric sportscars or designed concept cars that can give conventional ones a run for their money in more ways than one.
Tesla’s new Roadster is a very light car, made of carbon fiber, but extremely fast. It goes from 0 to 60 MPH in the short time of 3.7 seconds. It goes for 245 miles on a single charge (combination of highway and city driving) and costs $110,000. This all-electric sportscar is a two-seater and comes with sleek styling and modern looks to rival any other sportscar.
The Lotus Evora 414E is not fully electric as it also has an engine that cuts in if required; however it is mainly electric. The engine acts as an electricity generator to power the vehicle and gives a range of 300 miles. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds. The car, though built, is still under demonstration and Lotus hopes to add further innovations and develop the technology for future use.
The Audi R8 e-tron looks similar to the Audi gasoline model, but has electron-fed motors producing a combined 230 kW and 500 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0-63 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a range of 124 miles. The car set a world record in Germany’s famed Nurburgring Nordschleife by blazing through the 12.92-mile track in a record setting 8:09 minutes. Another one from the Audi line-up is the F12 which is an all-electric sportscar, in the prototype stage. Featuring three electric motors, one in the front and two in the rear, using all three at the same time, it has an impressive 204 hp.
Infiniti’s EMERGE-E. is a concept electric sportscar that goes from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds and to 130 mph in 30 seconds. With 400 hp under the hood, the car is made of carbon fiber. Among other electric sportscars that are being designed are the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Jaguar C-X75, BMW i8, the Rimac Concept One, Lotus’s PG Eleketrus and British car maker Morgan’s Electric Plus E.