Tesla makes the electric family car a reality

Tesla Model S - no oil here!
Tesla Model S - an electric car for all families

I was reading a couple of weeks back that Tesla have a new electric car for the family, in the form of the Tesla Model S. Perhaps a little more under powered than the Tesla Roadster they certainly are tackling it the right way with a 45 minute recharge and range of up to 450+ kilometres. Initial design and development went into the Roadster and sold at a prestige price to help build their business and develop their technologies even further so that they may build and sell more electric cars to a larger audience at gradually more realistic prices.  The number of sales locations are definitely increasing and with electric cars that look as good as these, and peform as well, if not better than your traditional oil burner, who wouldn’t want one.

Electric Mini

BMW have unveiled a electric mini named the “Mini E” that features a 150-kilowatt (204 horsepower) motor and a top speed of just over 150 km/h and a range of up to 240 km’s. Not as quick as the Tesla reaching from 0 – 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds but just as many seats. The back seats have been removed to accommodate the battery, which in turn has led to a slightly heavier Mini with a 50-50 front/rear weight ratio.

Source: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/10/all-electric-mi.html

Interesting to note that even though charging the Mini E requires generation from another power source, that even if that power source is a coal powered station, it will still produce less CO2 than internal combustion vehicles.

Electric motorbikes

It would be the logical choice for a vehicle manufacturer to build an electric motorbike with it’s power/weight ratio being significantly more than a car. So why are they so scarce? Tesla Motors have come up with a great car solution and sure there’s lots of home builts so why do we not see more of electric bikes?

I finally found a commercial electric motorbike today that wasn’t a scooter, or is it? It doesn’t exactly look like a sports bike but doesn’t quite look like a scooter either.

The Vectrix has a recharge time of 3-5 hours and a range of about 46 km’s if you stayed at the top speed of just over 100 km/hr, however the range is likely to be a lot further if you stick to the speed limit of various places such as Steve Irwin Way (80 km/h). Visit http://www.vectrix.com and try out there range meter. There are only two batteries to this bike and I suspect there should be some massive improvements with battery technology to increase the range. If Tesla Motors can do it for a car, why not an electric motorbike?

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