Electric motors have the advantage over internal combustion engines of a flat constant torque curve, so they don't need a complex multi-speed gearbox to achieve good performance. Even with the extra weight of the battery pack, this looks to be a serious sports car. One area the Elise is not known for is refinement, on the contrary it is quite raw. It is more akin to a go-kart than a Porsche 911. Stewart does mention that the extraordinary silence of the electric power-train means that all creaks and groans inherent in a prototype car really stand out. The Tesla engineers are apparently hard at work on this for the next batch of prototypes.
The handling evidently is very much in line with it's progenitor. The light weight, low center of gravity and well designed chassis make for a very environmentally friendly go-kart. My biggest question now is when do we get one in the AutoblogGreen Garage.
[Source: Popular Mechanics]