Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Two more electric cars to fantasize about

We don't want this blog to turn into an endless rhapsody over electronic cars, but interesting prototypes keep popping up. Here are two more:

The Lightning GT, scheduled to roll off the assembly line later this year, is touted as the first electric car that can be fully charged in roughly the same amount of time it takes to fill up a tank of gas. The manufacturer says it will only take 10 minutes of plug-in time and you'll be set for 250 miles of driving.

SciFi Tech reviewer Charlie White drools:

"This 700-hp high-tech beast can accelerate from zero to 60 in less than four seconds, beating that other sexy electric car, the Tesla Roadster, by a few tenths. The Lightning GT's designers paid special attention to safety, too, placing honeycomb crushable impact cells between you and 130 miles per hour's worth of inertia. Pricing will be around $300K for this electric supercar, supporting the observation that whenever car wonks put the words "super" and "car" together, you're probably going to be shelling out a super price. "

If you don't have a spare $300 grand , try this ride.

It's a car. No, it's a motorcycle. No, it's both--and it's neither. It's Venture One, a three-wheeled electric hybrid that resembles the cockpit of a fighter plane and "flys the road" at up to 100 mph and an astounding 100 miles per gallon.

Neither the picture nor any words we might add can do this creation justice. You simply must take it for a spin via one of the videos available at Venture's web page to get an idea of what the Venture One really looks like and the wow-inspiring way it maneuvers.

Once you do, we venture you'll find yourself dreaming about how much fun it would be to pilot one down New Jersey's Garden State Parkway or across Pennsylvania's I-80 (at least until Governor Rendell installs his revenue-raising tollbooths).

The price tag on the Venture One is expected to be around $20,000. If you're an urban dweller who has no need to transport landscaping ties or a gaggle of kids to soccer practice, this could be a really fun way to help save the planet.

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