The 2019 Nobel Prize winners and the electric cars they paved way for
John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino have just been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry "for development of the Lithium-ion battery". An astonishing accomplishment and one of which most of us feel the effect of today. This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making a more eco-friendly society. So in celebration of their great accomplishment, I felt that I should list 5 electric cars that we can look forward to in the coming years.
1. Lotus Evija
The car that unsurprisingly Jeremy Clarkson wasn't that impressed by. A car that Lotus claims will be the world's most powerful series-production road car having a target power output of 2000 PS. And a car that ironically only rich oil tycoons will have money for considering the £1.7 million price tag. But with claims of acceleration between 100-200 km/h in less than three seconds, and 200-300 km/h in less than four seconds, all is forgiven.
2. Pininfarina Battista
Second time around I mention this car in one of my articles, but for very good reasons. The Pininfarina Battista is an astonishing feat of engineering and design, maybe not Nobel Prize-worthy but then again it costs more than the prize money so who cares. With the electrification of hypercars they can reach stratospheric numbers that only children in kindergarten can fabricate, the Battista will be having 1900 hp (1696 lb/ft) torque, and will still manage 450 kilometres on a single charge! With production limited to a maximum of 150 Battistas it's very unlikely you'll ever see one, and it being electric it's even more unlikely you'll ever hear one, but if you do then HOORAY!
3. Rimac C Two
The Croatian company that made a car that Richard Hammond famously drove off a cliff have begun pondering on what's it like to drive at the speed of light. The new Rimac C Two will have 4 electric motors and a 120 kWh battery generating 1887 bhp and 2300 Nm of torque resulting in a car which only appropriate name would be the millennium falcon. As if Tesla's claim for the new Roaster having a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds wasn't enough, Rimac said to hell with that and are claiming an even faster 0-60 mph time of 1.85 seconds. It has become a bit of a penis measuring contest at this point if you are asking me. First deliveries begin in 2020 so keep your eyes opened!
4. Koenigsegg Regera
The record-breaking Koenigsegg Regera setting the worlds fastest 0-400-0 km/h run has got to be on this list. Before you tell me off in the comments saying "since when is a car with a V8 considered an electric car?", let me explain. The Koenigsegg Regera makes use of three electric motors with a total capacity of 520 kW and 900 Nm of torque. The electric motors are powered by a 4.5 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack developed by the afore mention Rimac Automobili. So no it isn't entirely electric, but it wouldn't be what it is without it. The Koenigsegg team outdid themselves on this one and the car deserves all the praise it gets!
5. Tesla Roadster
Of course, you were expecting it, the highly anticipated Tesla Roadster. A car that is manifested by Elon Musks steep claims of how fast it will be and if it really will have the included rocket thrusters. But what makes this car gain all the spotlight is the fact that unlike the other cars on this list won't cost you your kidney, liver, wife and children but "only" $200 000 for the base model and $250 000 for the Founder's Series. Big deal some of you might say, it will also manage a top speed of 400 km/h, do a 1/4 mile in 8.8 seconds and have a range of 1000 km! So even if half of this will come true in the released car, I'm very amazed!
Most of the cars in this list haven't come out in production form quite yet, but the fact that companies are developing these things are a great homage to the Nobel Prize winners and the teams behind them who made it all possible. Whether or not you like electric cars, I'm sure you can still appreciate great feats of accomplishments, and these cars most definitely are.
Am I completely off? Are you mad at me for skipping the Honda E car and the VW ID3? Tell me in the comments what you think!