This may be shocking, not the electric trauma, but the mental kind of jolt.
“Live Better Electrically” was Thomas Edison’s slogan soon after he founded General Electric (GE) in 1878.
As usual, we –everyone– ignored the advice of a wise person.
When petroleum and the electric starter turned the auto-buggy into the automobile, the advantages of the electric-motor-car were abandoned — only the name motor-car was misleadingly retained.
Petroleum was more convenient for a short time –in terms of future chronological reputation– giving real motor-cars a relatively short first lifespan.
The second time was even shorter. General Motors crushed the promising EV1. — Remember the movie “Who killed the Electric Car”?
Third time lucky? It seems that way with Tesla’s success and all the other EVs coming onto the market in quick succession as we are in the second decade of the new millennium.
It’s happening! The motor-car is experiencing reinCARnation. It is the ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’.
Would you miss a V12 engine if an electric motor in your next sports-car (or the one you wish for, or just dream about) would be just as fast, but even quicker and quieter, and much more economical?
A motor has its maximum torque right from the very start. This gives an EV (any Electric Vehicle) amazing acceleration from zero to maximum RPM, faster and smother than would be possible with any internal combustion engine (ICE).
One such pure electric sportscar –after the Tesla Roadster, which was a modified Lotus– is the Rimac. Rimac Automobili is a young business in the land of Nikola Tesla, aiming to do him proud.
After all, it was Tesla who advanced and industrialized the electric motor. He worked with Thomas Edison in his laboratory and as an advisor, after he formed his own firm. As well, Tesla licensed some of his patents to George Westinghouse. Tesla lived in New York until his death at age 86 in 1943. As so often happened –and it still does– the accomplishments of great people are all but forgotten.
The Rimac car’s four motors develop 1,088 HP – that should really be 811 kiloWatt, but old habits are hard to forget. (1HP = 745 Watt) Electronic wizardry supplants such features as ABS, traction control and the like where the rubber meets the road.
As you can see, the car looks fast and beautiful, thanks to a design team with experience from Pininfarina and Magna Steyr. The Rimac electric car also has a good range for an EV of today, and if any one of the much touted battery breakthroughs becomes reality, the ICE age will melt away.
We invite you, the inquisitive reader, to peruse the links in order to become informed about this promising newcomer in the world of alternative transportation.
As well, the following links may be of interest to readers who missed the movies, and are not familiar with Chris Payne’s impressive documentaries.
http://www.youtube.com/weatch?v=bTHsTCBxDM8 Who Killed the Electric Car – in 8 parts – (just a few clicks will save you ten bucks)
The same 1 ½ hour movie can be viewed in one go for $9.99 if you wish at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRnUY6V2Knk
And this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb5y-uSxkCc is The Revenge of the Electric Car, also by Chris Payne, a half hour redemptive commentary on the new-age auto industry.