• May 8, 2006
Sibling site Autoblog Green recently posted on the X1, an electric car that has appeared on Autoblog's pages before. But it's not an ordinary car: designed as a roadster, the X1 has a zero-to-sixty time a half second faster than the 1000-horsepower, $1.25 million Bugatti Veyron. Impressive figures that the creator of the X1, Ian Wright, hopes will attract investors to produce more of the electric powerhouse.

But so what? asks Bruno Vanzieleghem of ABG. Fast electric cars are nothing new. Vanzieleghem points to the Ariel Atom on which the X1 is based, stating the light weight of such vehicles as the major contributing factor to their speed. A petrol-powered Ariel Atom would embarass an X1 that's laden down with heavy batteries. The X1 doesn't represent a revolutionary breakthrough for electric car development so much as it attracts attention to itself and the EV movement.

What do you think of the X1? Is it an important component of electric car development or just an offshoot to more serious pursuits in EV technology? Shock back in 'Comments'.

[Source: CNN Money via AutoblogGreen; Ariel Motor]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The AC Propulsion T-zero has been around since 2000. With LEAD ACID OPTIMA batteries it has a 0-60 of 4.07. I remember two years ago at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum at Infineon Raceway seeing a T-zero with a LiON pack, (at the time a large array of laptop batteries).

      http://www.acpropulsion.com/tzero_pages/tzero_home.htm
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6 Yes it is. Spanked by the Atom.

      As for the question regarding this being an important compenent for EV development, I would say so, yes. Reason being, it does grab some attention to the hardcore nuts who do like to go fast, as myself, and show the potential of an electric powered car. It also emphasizes the importance of weight, and will hopefully push manufacturers to find ways to implement new materials and designs to acheive lower mass, lower fuel consumption, and just as important, higher performance. This is just a small step towards a future of green vehicles that won't be dismissed as slow and boring. A high performance electric vehicle capable of doing what typical combustion vehicles can do (in a practical way) would completely change the horizon for electric vehicles in a good way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if you want something a bit more affordable, and electric try the new ZAP xebra at www.zapworld.com.

      this public company is (stock symbol ZP) is bring electrics to mass production, so we can acutally buy them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems there is a "we are not going to change, so why try" attitude among alot of people. So keep using gas until we absolutely have no more.

      I think the electric race car is a good step, as many of our current safety features (ABS, roll cages, etc.) were pioneered on a race track and trickled to the consumer. So if the electric can make some leaps on a track (especially that 100 miles Travis mentions) it would eventually be improved and make it to mass use. Assuming of course, electric cars are ANY better environmentally than the current combustion types.

      We need to focus making biking and walking more integral in order to truly change. See advocacy at http://www.bikeleague.org/

      Tax credits for riding to work (deduct shower facilitues, safe storage, etc.), and making it easier to do so is the way to truly ease emmissions. I ride a few times a week (17 miles one way) but really have to plan it out. The sad part is, I beat the train every time (about 1:15 to get to work) and come close to beating the car (about 45 minutes) by biking around 60 minutes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      John, they cross-post with other sister sites all the time, like Luxist (see the Ferrari hotel article for today's example). Autoblog Green just stands out because it's new.

      And to say that real environmentalists would move to the city and spend zero carbon getting to work ignores practicality. More will get done for the environment if we all do a little than if the few hardcore tree-huggers move within walking distance of a Starbucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Do some research here guys. The Wrightspeed is not half a second faster than the Veyron.
      I got to see the X-1 in person last week, and I asked Ian Wright what the fastest 0-60 time he had recorded was. He said 3.1. The factory reported time for the Veyron is 2.9 seconds, and even if that is optimistic I have no doubt it can beat 3.6 seconds.
      Also, the race against the Porsche is misleading. In a roll on from low speed like that, the Porsche's high revving engine means it has relatively little power until revs build. The electric motor in the X-1, however, provides full torque and power as soon as the throttle is applied. If they both had standing starts, it would be much closer.

      That all said, it is an amazing creation and it is extremely cool to see it jump of the line the way it does with no more sound than a bit of tire noise and gear whine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I consider buying one if the price were right. It would make a fun commuter. While it wouldn't suite most people as an only vehicle, it could be attractive as a second or third. It demonstates that green cars don't have to be dull.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone get the 1/4 times and mph?

      I think it is a good PR for electric, and wish I could afford to build something like that, not too sure on how innovative it is though. I'd be a lot more impressed with an affordable plug-in hybrid kit for my Prius though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      is that an atom with the holeshot on a carrera GT?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Obviously a major limitation of an EV car is range. But performance-wise, don't count out EV/battery-powered cars. If they can place evenly place the batteries low on its chassis, EV cars can use their weight to their advantage by creating an extrememly low COG. If they can adjust the suspension for it, you could get amazing performance. Their is also way more traction control capability potential in an EV as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great, the X1 can kick ass on the quarter mile, but lets see that race played out over, oh, say 100 miles.

      Don't get me wrong, I think the X1 is awesome, and it's a great toy. And anything that draws some attention to alternative energy sources is great. But I have to agree, comparing them purely on performance is worthless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can hear all the bikers saying, "duh...".

      The X1 is neat, for sure, but what this article really demonstrates is the value of light weight and small dimensions for increasing economy AND performance. The Ariel Atom 220 on which the X1 is based does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, but averages 25 MPG. The 4.5-second Lotus Elise gets 38 MPG on the freeway. The Smart roadster takes 9 seconds do do 0-60, but averages 55 MPG.

      The point is, if we weren't so hung up on intimidating each other and having room for 6 kids when we only have 1.5, we wouldn't have half the fuel-economy problem that we're seeing today, alternative fuels wouldn't be in such imminent need, and we'd go faster and handle better on top of that. Obviously, though, no one wants to be the first to drive a 1,800 lb sports car when everyone else is commuting in 6,500 lb SUVs, on the phone, drinking lattes.
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