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Ginetta G50EV and John Surtees at the Channel Tunnel – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ginetta Cars, a small British automaker that's been building racing and road cars since 1958, would like to build an electric car. Unfortunately, it can't due to a lack of money. Ginetta had requested £1.7 million in funding from the UK government, but the request was denied because the project was deemed "too niche."

Similar in principle to the Tesla Roadster, Ginetta's G50 EV was to be a two-seat sportscar with a powerful electric motor driving the rear wheels with electricity storage handled by a large lithium ion battery pack. Though exciting, that kind of vehicle doesn't exactly appeal to the masses. Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson responds:
This is a real pet project of mine... We have the running prototype and all the components sorted, but it will cost us too much to develop ourselves. We could easily turn this into a usable everyday vehicle, not just a sports car prototype. We can extend the range to 250 miles – I drive it and charge it up using my windmill, so I don't see how the car could be any greener.

  • British former Formula One and Moto GP world champion John Surtees crosses the Channel tunnel in a Ginetta G50EV electric sports car prototype in Coquelles, northern France, on November 17, 2009. Surtees crossed the Channel Tunnel from England to France by driving the car in the Eurotunnel service tunnel in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • British former Formula One and Moto GP world champion John Surtees crosses the Channel Tunnel in a Ginetta G50EV electric sports car prototype in Coquelles, northern France, on November 17, 2009. Surtees crossed the Channel Tunnel from England to France by driving the car in the Eurotunnel service tunnel in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • British former Formula One and Moto GP world champion John Surtees crosses the Channel tunnel in a Ginetta G50EV electric sports car prototype in Coquelles, northern France, on November 17, 2009. Surtees crossed the Channel Tunnel from England to France by driving the car in the Eurotunnel service tunnel in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Ginetta G50 EV electric sports car driven by motor sport great John Surtees drives through the service tunnel of Euro Tunnel from England to France on November 17, 2009, as part of the celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. Eurotunnel has teamed up with The Burlington Beaujolais Run and British sports car maker Ginetta to take on the challenge. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • British former Formula One and Moto GP world champion John Surtees drives toward the exit of the Channel tunnel in a Ginetta G50EV electric sports car prototype in Coquelles, northern France, on November 17, 2009. Surtees crossed the Channel Tunnel from England to France by driving the car in the Eurotunnel service tunnel in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • British former Formula One and Moto GP world champion John Surtees crosses the Channel Tunnel in a Ginetta G50EV electric sports car prototype in Coquelles, northern France, on November 17, 2009. Surtees crossed the Channel Tunnel from England to France by driving the car in the Eurotunnel service tunnel in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • British former Formula One and Moto GP world champion John Surtees (L) lays a laurel wreath onto a Ginetta G50 EV electric sports car after driving through the Channel tunnel, in Coquelles, northern France, on November 17, 2009. Surtees crossed the Channel Tunnel from England to France by driving the car in the Eurotunnel service tunnel in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Motor sport great John Surtees waves to onlookers in Folkestone, southern England, on November 17, 2009, as he sits behind the wheel of a Ginetta G50 EV electric sports car before driving through the service tunnel of Euro Tunnel from England to France as part of the celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. Eurotunnel has teamed up with The Burlington Beaujolais Run and British sports car maker Ginetta to take on the challenge. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Jacques Gounon (R) Chairman and Chief Executive of Eurotunnel, talks with motorsport great John Surtees after he drove through the service tunnel of Euro Tunnel from England to France on November 17, 2009, in an electric-powered Ginetta sports car as part of the celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. Eurotunnel has teamed up with The Burlington Beaujolais Run and British sports car maker Ginetta to take on the challenge. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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      What do you mean 'everyone doesn't have their own windmill?'