If there's any one area that Tesla Motors seems to have succeeded above all others with its first electric car, the Roadster, it's changing perceptions about what an EV is all about. After all, electric vehicles have been around for a hundred years or more. Still, tell someone who's not aware of the Tesla Roadster that an electric car can out accelerate a good number of Italian Prancing Horses at the drag strip and prepare for an unbelieving look of bewilderment.
With that in mind, it's not surprising to read about shocked reactions from those driving powerful electric cars for the first time. Such is the case with KUOW News reporter Colin Fogarty, who recently got the chance to drive a 1978 Ford Pinto that had been converted into an electric drag racer. Later that day, a Tesla Roadster Sport would go on to take top honors at the local drag race at Portland International Raceway, and Fogarty was on hand to witness the event. Click here for the complete story on how it all went down. Prepare to be shocked.