Amazing X1 electric car, by a NZ'er

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  1. Author: robvdl
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    Date: Sept. 27, 2006, 10:46 a.m.

    Read on Daily Tech today about this electric car called the X1, it's absolutely amazing. It outperforms a Ferrari 360 Spider and Porsche Carrera GT in drag races. It does 0 to 60 miles per hour (100Km/hr) in 3 seconds. The key difference is that this car runs solely on rechargeable batteries and has an energy efficiency of 169mpg (miles per gallon). Some of those super cars are gas guzzlers and do on average around 8 miles per gallon! Basically, 169 miles per gallon is more efficient than any hybrid car today.

    The guy who invented it, Ian Wright, is a NZ'er!

    Here's some info on it:


    And here is the original article I read on Daily Tech:


    Because of the huge amount of Lithium-Ion batteries, this car is currently still very expensive (hopefully this may change in the future). Lithium-Ion batteries are the same type of battery used in newer laptops and cellphones, they do not suffer from the 'memory effect', found in other types of rechargeable batteries, however Lithium-Ion batteries are expensive to produce.

    To add to that, the other day on Slashdot or Digg (can't remember exactly), I was reading about a 'super capacitor', which could produce electrical cars that could do hundreds of miles per gallon, yet you can recharge these capacitors for around $9 in 3 minutes, you wouldn't have to wait hours for your car to recharge, it is way cheaper than petrol, and lasts longer, as well as being environmentally friendly. I can't remember the exact link, but really amazing stuff I must say.

    The X1 car I mentioned here, recharges in 4.5 hours.