• Jun 24th 2009 at 2:09PM
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Ecotricity Wind Car in action - Click above to watch the video after the break

The saga that has been the building of a "wind car" for Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince, appears to have come to a climax. All of the newly invented bits of this stretched and re-engineered former Lotus Exige have been put into place and the car brought out to a bit of tarmac for an initial trial. After a little sorting out of its computer and a slow speed run, Mr. Vince rode shotgun while former Lotus Formula 1 pilot, John Miles, demonstrated for his passenger the vehicle's ability to give a roller coaster-like rush as they easily hit 100 mph while making a few passes on the old airfield runway.

Finally it was Dale's turn to take the wheel and, with the camera glued to the grin growing on the face of the eco-entrepreneur, the electric sports car had its pedal put down once again with clearly exhilarating results. His first impression of his sweet new ride? He loves the look, the sound and the performance. He believes its the fastest car he's ever been in and says the sensation of being pushed back into the seat is like "...some mad fairground ride." The positive experience seems to have pushed him closer to deciding on naming his beast Nemesis. While we're not sure about the long term plans for the vehicle, after it gets a new set of brakes and tweaks here and there, the team has plans to bring it to a proper track and conduct a bit more testing before letting it go to its new home in Mr. Vince's garage. Who knows, perhaps it will appear in next year's car-friendly TTXGP. Hit the jump to see Nemesis in action for yourself!

[Source: Zero Carbonista / YouTube]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I won't buy anymore 'built-in ' problems from whoever at any price. If they don't want to conceive, build and distribute my unlimited energy car without pollution, then they just have to wait for another customers then me and suffocate them before the green cars, green trucks, green airplanes, green electrical generation, green tractor-trailers, green helicopters, green autonomous cargo transporters helicopters, green trains of any speed with air conditionning and/or heaters with videos sections and jaccuzzis, etc.
      It's not toyota or wind power cars that will occupied this new market. It's new start-up compagnies that will do. Speaking of new start-up compagnies, im still trying to find some having one or more gadjets for sale to a paying consumer.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This guy takes himself too seriously. For a "homemade" ev project this is pretty impressive, but what's with the logo with his face on it? All he really did was hire some smarter guys to make a car for him. On top of that the only reason it's wind powered is because he owns a bunch of windmills. Good for him, your car is still powered by electricity. It's still just a normal ev.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Well if i get a EV and plug it in I will have a Coal car! Or maybe it is a NUKE car! I think Atom is already taken. We have coal and nucular power plants so Depends on what generator is running at the time. If Coal if from the earth and Uraninum is from the earth would I have a Earth powered car? Oh wait I do have a earth powered Diesel Car. TDI. Oil burner. But I will call it a Earth car!
        What a crock!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Jeez, some excessive hate going on here....clearly this is as much a PR exercise as anything else but Ecotricity are highly regarded in the UK as the leading 'green' energy company and this project is a proof of concept that energy generated from a green resource (wind) can be used to displace a high carbon yield technology (petrol combustion engine) through the use of electric motors.

      That the Tesla is a better, more polished example of an EV is unquestionable but Tesla do not have any green energy generation projects running do they?

      I think a little credit needs to be extended to Ecotricity in this instance for showing what is possible with a bit of guile and determination.
      • 8 Months Ago
      God, I am really starting to love the sound of these BEVs.

      There like fighter jets in full acceleration.

        • 8 Months Ago
        Yeah, the sound is amazing.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Until this guy stops calling this car "wind powered" and starts calling it what it is (an EV), I can't take anything he says seriously.

      If I wanted his "wind powered" car, I'd have to buy millions of dollars worth of wind generators and the land to put them on. Until the thing is powered by a little propeller on the front of it, the name needs to go away.

      The only wind powered vehicles are sailboats.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Sean, your right. I just picked a really big dollar amount out of the air. Spending five minutes on Google, it looks like it'd take nearly $100K if you include everything (batteries, etc). Looking outside my window, I'd need to move to a much windier place too (with the right building codes).

        Leo, as long as he's allowed to call it wind powered, I'm allowed to bitch about it. :)

        As to the "hyper miling" thing, it's a term coined by the greenies. It's not something we Americans just decided to do. To me hyper mliing is when you take eco driving beyond the point of practicality.
        • 8 Months Ago
        look, this guy has millions of dollors and dozens of windmills. it's a PR gag to draw attention to his own cause. it's not to be taken seriously. anybody can see that..ok, this tag is perhaps still irritating, but so is when americans refer to 'economical driving' as 'hypermiling'. now, what is that all about, "hyper + mile"? sounds like somebody has been watching tooo much battlestar galactica..

        • 8 Months Ago
        Are you serious?

        The electricity generated to power the car comes from a wind turbine. So he can call it a wind-powered car if he wants. Is that so hard to grasp?

        And why do you need millions for wind turbines? Look here:

        And here:

        Try not to be so dense please.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I keep on thinking: wouldn't it be easier to buy a Tesla? If he was the first to do it I would be impressed, but he's not and I'm not.

        If you wanted his "wind powered" car you would need to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of wind generators, not millions.

        PS there are actual wind powered cars (sail cars), although they are neither sports cars nor practical trasportation. The speed record is 126mph.
      • 8 Months Ago
      What amazes me is the ease with which this guy was able to put together an electric car while so-called "automotive giants" like GM and Chrysler failed miserably. What's the point in having a car company if any random entrepreneur off the street with a british accent can consistently out perform and out develop you?

      It sounds amazing and looks better than the Tesla, too.
        • 8 Months Ago
        No mention of any production plans, so it appears to be a "one-off" EV conversion. The real impressive thing about Tesla Motors isn't making one EV prototype, it was setting up production to produce hundreds, eventually thousands of high performance EVs. .
      • 8 Months Ago
      yes, the "wind powered car" labeled is somewhat misleading BUT, in his defense, at the beginning of every video in this series, he says "it'll be an electric car, charged from the wind" so he's telling you right there its not as it sounds.
      • 8 Months Ago
      HAH! There's no way the british can build a working electrical system. Good on them for getting the accent right...
        • 8 Months Ago
        ...ex-squeeze me? A-baking powder?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Maybe what he's going to do is sell a timeshare on a wind turbine with each car. Since the really big wind turbines can put out a couple megawatts, if you sell (buy) one with say 10 cars, then you can essentially say that the car is wind powered. It's certainly a lot cheaper than trying to do it with solar panels.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Agree 100%, he should has just got a tesla, and got a few large wind turbines. Looks like UQM motors?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wheres the wind? Its just another Tesla EV
        • 8 Months Ago
        He owns a bunch of wind turbines, so he charges up his car using those, which indirectly makes it "wind powered". Really not any different than if he bought a tesla and plugged that into his turbine. Nothing special
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