Electric cars sound good on paper, instant torque, no pollution, reliability as the motors have only one moving part, the cost to recharge is low and so on. We all have seen videos on YouTube about instant torque electric cars deliver while smoking some of the stronger cars on the road in a drag race. Teslas insane mode is also useful for when you need to get going quickly or just scaring the passengers in the cars.
So these are biggest pros, what about cons? Cons are not obvious at first, instead, they show at a prolonged use of these type of cars. Batteries are the biggest weakness. They are costly to produce, pollution while making them is insane, capacity gets worse over the course of time. Just look at the picture below, electric car batteries increase pollution in China drastically. Only in Shandong province alone, which is responsible for more than 10% of total graphite production in the world, a government had to close 55 graphite production operations due to environmental breaches.
This still is a car blog, so do not get carried away and assume I will preach about how this is bad and that isn’t good, no. I will show you some exciting electric cars. Most widely known and popular is surely Teslas Model S, especially delicious is P90D. It can hit 0-60 in ludicrously (hehe) fast 2.8 seconds.
Next one on the line is Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric drive, with its 416 000€ price tag. It has very clever torque vectoring ability which can bring negative torque to one wheel which combined with a low centre of gravity makes this car extremely agile for its immense weight.
When we are talking about electric supercars, there are not many choices. Two of the more interesting ones are Lord Drayson’s B12/69EV or Mate Rimac’s Concept One. Lord Drayson’s brainchild has 850 horsepower, 4000 N m of torque and weighs 900 kilogrammes. You can only imagine how fast this monster is.
Concept One has 1088 horsepower, 1600 N m of turning force and a price tag of whopping 1m of American dollars.
I cannot write about handling characteristics of these cars because they aren’t so widely used and popular. But when the world runs out of petrol, we can be sure that motorsport and love for cars will live on.