Fastest Electric Car

The electric car is a vehicle powered by one or more electric motors, and it uses batteries or some other some other storage device to store electrical energy. The electric motor endows the car with instant torque, which gives it a powerful and smooth acceleration. Electric cars are the environmentally-friendly alternative to normal cars with an internal combustion engine. They used to be more popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, but when gasoline became more available and cheap, they were mostly forgotten. After the 2000s though, with the invention of better batteries and power management technologies, the electric car has regained people’s attentions.

There are already plenty of electric car models to choose from, offered by companies such as Nissan, Ford, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, Renault, and many others. The fastest electric car sellers this year were Nissan and Mitsubishi, selling together more than 50,000 cars all over the world. The advantages of buying an electric car are not to be dismissed, the most important being its eco-friendly attitude. Electric cars have no tailpipe and thus very few polluting emissions and allow their users to stop depending on foreign oil. Starting of 2010 though, they are more expensive than internal combustion engine vehicles and hybrids because of the additional costs brought by the lithium-ion battery. This will not last forever though, as mass production and other developments in technology will probably bring forth some discounts in price. The fastest electric car may not be faster than most gasoline-based vehicles, but it can turn out to be a better long-term investment.

Many drivers avoid buying electric cars because they are afraid they will run out of batteries, as very few towns are equipped with battery charging infrastructure. This is termed range anxiety, and some governments around the world have decided to support the purchase of electric cars by installing battery charging stations and offering incentives.

In a recent race, it has been discovered that the fastest electric car in the world is a ’72 Datsun. Its owner, John Wayland built the motor himself and entered a racing competition. It turns out this little, two-door car can reach 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds, its top average speed being 129 mph. The Datsun uses a 192-cell lithium-polymer battery which accounts for 355 Volts and costs about $ 100,000. It’s extremely expensive, but Wayland got sponsors to help and so managed to fit his Datsun with what is said to be a prototype battery the Navy uses for helicopters. This definitely explains the extraordinary result the Datsun got, but it still should impress those that avoided the electric car just because they thought it’s not speedy enough.

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