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EV Futures: Electric dreams nightmare to nirvana

With super car ‘halo’ models the fray, environmentally-friendly cars are to become a lot more desirable. So, the catch?

The competitive landscape for vehicles will change in 2013, not because of a deluge of affordable city cars China, but because the biggest aspirational car brands will a land grab of our heart and with a mind-boggling array of sports cars.

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scientists develop fast-charging batteries

If you d asked me a few months which were the best for EV cars, I would have the fast-charging lithium–titanate batteries in the Lightning GT all-electric sports car and s i-MiEV. But in August, Korean claim to have discovered a way of the cathodes of a lithium-ion battery in a containing graphite, cutting times down to less a minute or between 1/30th and of existing lithium-ion batteries.

FIA new EV racing series

Last the FIA sanctioned a new Formula E series for battery electric vehicles, comparable performance to today’s FIA 3 cars. The races will be run on streets, to promote this form of racing, and events run in heats. Demonstration runs occur in 2013, before the kicks off in 2014.

Tesla Model S cures anxiety

In September, Motor Magazine s Ed Loh travelled 285 miles in s Model S, equipped with the 85 battery pack. With reminiscent of the Porsche Panamera S, Tesla s new sports saloon has proven to achieve between 100 and 123 with a range of between 238 and 285

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Originally published in Green Car Review Paris Show 29th September, 2012.

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Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, and BMW will all release the most beauties that will the most ardent of petrol a bad case of ‘electric dreams’ – the illusion for ever that EVs are more than a ‘sensible’ of sustainable transport.

This is reinforced by the continued success of powered cars in motorsports, famously at the Le Mans 24 Hours, a which was won for the first time in by the hybrid Audi s R18 e-tron but challenged closely by the TS030 from Toyota.

Last Pikes Peak Hill (PPIHC) saw the entry of no less seven electric powered cars, notably that of winner and former record Monster Tajima, whose APEV car was unfortunately knocked out by an fire. Nevertheless, he’ll be next year and no doubt the record of the most famous climb in the world will be claimed by an electric powered

In the high-altitude ‘Race to the Clouds’ of a Peak hill climb, power claims an obvious over combustion, since unaffected by the drop in oxygen For endurance racers the significantly moving parts of an electric car for greater reliability and instant torque out of tight corners.

President of the Motorsport Industry (MIA), Lord Drayson, revealed his 850 bhp Lola-Drayson B12/69EV. It most likely join and Toyota at Le Mans next together with the hydrogen-electric H2 prototype, which has been a Garage 56 spot by the Automobile de l Ouest race organisers.

But the future looks increasingly there is a potential fly in the ointment.

the progress of Hybrid powered accelerate or delay the development of Electric vehicles?

Jaguar’s Project C-X75 will be one of the low-emission vehicles in the world it is released in 2013, with a top speed, 0-60mph in less 3 seconds and 0-100mph in less 6 seconds.

The road car will use a 500bhp internal combustion boosted by both a turbocharger and and supported by a Kinetic Energy System (KERS) from the who develop Williams F1 powerplants. The quite rightly praise its CO2 capability, but with an all-electric of 60km, electric propulsion more of an hors d oeuvre a main meal.

The Porsche 918 Spyder . a master-class in propulsion, harnesses a 500bhp V8 together with two permanent motors to produce nearly Porsche s goal is to deliver performance, 0-60mph acceleration in 3.1 and a lap time around the Nurburgring of 7 minutes 30 seconds. It will go on in September 2013 priced at £690,000, boasting CO2 performance of but with an all-electric range of 16 miles.

We know far less Ferrari s forthcoming Enzo (F70). It is due in 2013, priced between Porsche s 918 Spyder and s C-X75 and according to Ferrari s Luca di Montezemolo, . will be our hybrid car. It will be the s most powerful model, two electric motors with a petrol engine, which achieve a 40% reduction in fuel Electric power will be yet again as a way of reducing CO2 emissions, than providing a genuinely means of propulsion.

Audi s R8 quattro has already established a benchmark at the Nurburgring, claiming the ever lap of 8 minutes 9 seconds in It s also the first of these powered sports cars runs purely on electricity. comes from four motors driving each delivering a total power of 313bhp and 3,319lb-ft of torque to around 502lb ft in real terms).

The R8 e-tron s all-electric range its lithium-ion batteries is a far more 154 miles and it will be priced at a over £100,000 when it on sale in early 2013.

As as these design sketches the interior of the production i8 coupé is to look this flamboyant, and i8 cars have been

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Last but not least in our short of established sports car makers is The i8 Concept is a 2+2 seat sports car a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol working in tandem with a electric motor. The combustion produces 220bhp and 221lb-ft of which combined with the electric powerplant delivers 354bhp.

Acceleration from will be achieved in under 5 combined with a maximum consumption of 104mpg.

The i8 s price be around the same as the R8 e-tron but unlike the Audi, BMW s electric sports car has an all-electric range of 20 miles.

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So what s the problem?

to just a few years ago we will be facing the production reality of sports cars from the prestigious performance car makers in the all waving the flag of environmental through their use of electric

Such a halo presence in the will significantly raise the of both battery powered vehicles and their hybrid But will customers appreciate the between Audi s R8 e-tron and BMW s i8? Or in show preference towards the BMW due to its (perceived) range when both petrol and electric

The question is an important one because the of sustainable transport depends on the innovation in battery technology. All of the cars use lithium-ion batteries are far slower to charge than batteries, as well as having a life span (lower life).

This reliance on familiar technology is one downside of being led by large manufacturers, interests lie more in protecting own investments than accelerating the progress for all.

In economic we call it rent-seeking . manipulating the or political environment of a sector to their own economic gains. is of course a social cost to but there may also be an environmental one it comes to the development of electric

Audi are already anticipating their near-silent electric will need to be heard by who are used to the sound of oil-burning Seen here on a rolling surrounded by microphones, this is the R8 undergoing acoustic engineering to a synthetic solution: Audi

Apart from Audi, the car makers mentioned above are dipping their toes in the vehicle ecosystem, although BMW credit with their i3 which uses the same motor as the i8 but lives up to the pure-play format of the R8 e-tron.

So let s celebrate the of an electric vehicle revolution in where for the first time in the of the car, our automotive pin-ups major on sustainability rather self-indulgence.

But beware of complacency, for powered vehicles to reach the of road users the cycle for innovation needs to become and the distinction needs to be maintained range-extended hybrids, performance-boosted and all-electric cars.

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