The British car company Lotus has teamed up with a Californian design company, Telsa Motors to create an electric sports car. These racy electric cars which are faster than a Porsche (0-60 in 4 sec.) and have a range of 250 miles per charge(!) start to roll off the production line April 2007 and won’t be available this side of the pond until 2008. Still, you’ll need to be wealthy to own one. The price tag? A whopping £50,000!!
As the founders say themselves, ‘We consciously chose to develop a high-end sports car as our first car in order to develop the “performance DNA” from which we could create other electric vehicles. Our next model will leverage the Tesla Roadster‘s technology, resulting in a less expensive sports sedan that we can sell at higher volume.’
Still, they have the celebs queuing up to own one of these cool looking eco cars. They are obviously on the right track. To quote the founders again, ‘Historically, it seemed to us that electric cars had been designed by people who thought we really shouldn‘t be driving at all – but if we must, we should suffer every minute of it. Electric cars have had terrible range and embarrassing styling. To those who say electric cars have been tried and failed we say, of course electric cars won‘t catch on if no one actually wants to drive them.’
Check out the following BBC visual report.