Many automakers have announced electric models with 200 miles or more range will arrive in their showrooms in the next couple years. Are any of these "Tesla beaters", or are they pretenders to the throne. Also, what's taken them so long to get with the battery-powered program?
First Built In The 1970s, A Revamped EV Can Hit 100 MPH
The Enfield 8000 Electric City Car was a tiny, handbuilt, all-electric product of the oil crises in the seventies. A British enthusiast has turned one into a high-po electric dragster, swapping its 6-kWh motor for one with 1,003 horsepower.
A paper by a couple of Swedish researchers figures that the price-per-kWh for lithium-ion battery packs is now $410, down from more than $1,000 in 2007. Economies-of-scale, not chemistry advances, will do the most to get that down to $230 by 2018.