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Why Gas Guzzlers Will Never Be As Good As Electric Cars?

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. A massive consumer sentiment shift occurs when a product comes out that is fundamentally better than current products at a similar price point.


The clear advantages over a pure electric car like the Tesla model S over convential cars include:


- Typical cars will never be as safe as a car with a crumple zone as big as a Tesla model S.
- A typical car will never be able to accelerate and generate as much torque as an electric car in the 0-60 range.
- A typical car will never be as efficient as an electric. A conventional engine peaks out at around 40% with energy conversion. An electric motor is above 90%.
- A typical car will never be as simple as a pure electric, there are simply more moving parts.
- A typical car will never be able to match the handling / AWD of a vehicle with two independently controllable electric motors that can dynamically send power to any of the wheels at any time.
- A typical car’s suspension will never be able to match the smoothness of an all air suspension.
- A typical car will always need more maintenance work.
- No oil company is ever going to give fuel away for free, while Tesla will give electricity away for free forever.


The list goes on and on and on. These are fundamental improvements that all normal cars cannot match, because they physically cannot.


Indeed, 80% of people who have driven an electric car in an EV trial program in the UK are open to ditching gasmobiles. Smoother ride, better torque, smoother ride fewer mechanical problems and maintenance needs, much more efficient, doesn’t require you to fund global warming and oil dependency, super quiet, you aren’t exposed to so many pollutants so you’re safer, and it makes you feel better about yourself.


As far as the cost, for many people, electric cars are now cheaper than gasmobiles over the course of a few years (a shorter timeframe than most are likely to own the car). Depending on your projections for the cost of oil/gas in the coming years, as well as the EV charging options your utility (or solar-powered roof) provides, you might very well be in that “better and cheaper” consumer boat.


Of course, if cost isn’t an issue and you simply want an awesome car, the Tesla Model S or a host of electric supercars are available.


Many people say that we are not yet sure whether EVs will take the market away from gasmobiles, or if hydrogen fuel cell cars will do so. It’s seems beyond obvious that EVs will eventually dominate. Again, look at the list above, and also look at the cost trends


Rimac Concept_One EV Crushes Ferrari 458 Spider In Drag Race (Video)

Right now the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar is on a tour of the Middle East, and to prove its worth, Rimac set up an impromptu drag race. With a Ferrari.
With four electric motors producing a combined 1,073 horsepower and 1,180 ft-lbs of torque, the Rimac Concept_One is one of the most powerful vehicles in the world, gas or electric. With a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a silent-but-deadly powertrain, the Concept_One is currently showcasing its capabilities to the sheiks and oil barons of the Middle East.


Anyway, those are just numbers and words; this video of the Rimac Concept_One crushing a Ferrari 458 Spider in an impromptu drag race is something else:

 


 

Electric supercars may soon displace Ferraris and Lambos as the chariot of choice for the wealthiest among us, and Rimac is positioning itself as a literal leader in pure electric speed for a new century.


The rise of electric supercars like the Concept_One is certainly a bit exciting. I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy driving these cars, but it’s definitely fun reading, watching, and writing about them.

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Allan Barker

October 14th 2013


 

 

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