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Lightning electric cars available for pre-order

The Lightning GT is a new 100% electric car, now available for preorder in the UK for delivery in 2009. They’re working on bringing it to the US market.  It really is a sexy-looking car with all the usual bells and whistles and some special, noteworthy features:

  • Can be charged by simply plugging the car’s charging lead into your home’s electric power, as well as a mobile charging system. It can be charged in approximately 10 minutes for up to 200 miles of driving.
  • 0-60mph in 5 seconds for the standard version and less than 4 seconds for the sport version.
  • 10 x cheaper to run, using domestic electric power for charging as compared to the equivalent conventional gasoline engine.
  • Zero CO2 emissions, compared with 106 g/km of CO2 emissions for the Toyota Prius Hybrid.
  • State of the art NanoSafe™ battery system uses more thermally stable nano titanate materials instead of graphite and contain no toxic or heavy metals.  The battery lasts for 15 years.
  • The NanoSafe™ batteries are designed for temperatures between 75°C and minus 30°C, whereas standard Lithium-Ion batteries need to be kept cool when used or heated to perform in sub zero temperatures.
  • Enhanced occupant safety, with its composite monocoque structure, and aluminium honeycomb crushable impact cells in the bodywork; the same technology that’s used in Formula 1.
  • Advanced motor technology integrated right within the wheel assembly, eliminating the mechanical complexity and power losses of gearboxes, differential, axle and drive shafts.

The price? Apparently it’s £180,000 pounds, or $220,000 and counting (with the dollar continuing its downward slide). Talk about deflating your enthusiasm!! Picture a noisy, squeaky, stressed-out balloon… that was me when I found out.  Although exciting, the technology is still far from economically sustainable for the masses.