the time, however, the only images available of the car were computer-generated
and many thought of the vehicle as simply a "hype machine". LCC put
at least some of those concerns to rest as they unveiled the actual vehicle
this week at the British Motor Show in London.
vehicle looks just as good as it did in the rendered shots and packs quite a
punch. The Lightning GT features a powerful 120 kw electric hub motor attached
to each 20" wheel and together provide over 700 HP. LCC says that its
all-electric powertrain is capable of propelling the vehicle to 60 MPH in just
even more intriguing, however, is the 36 kw NanoSafe battery pack and its
charging system. Whereas most current electric vehicles need to be charged
overnight to top off an empty battery, the Lightning GT will require far less recharging
time. LCC's fast charge system allows the battery to charge to 80 percent in
two or three minutes. Recapturing the remaining 20 percent will take another 7
or eight minutes according to LCC. The vehicle is said to travel 200 miles on a 10-minute charge.
only catch is that this fast recharging time can't take place in a residential
home -- it can, however, be performed anywhere where there is three-phase
industrial power available.
like to be talking to Tesco about it," said LCC's Chris Dell. "You're
never more than 15 minutes from a Tesco in this country, and they've all got
industrial power and forecourts. They're innovators - they'd probably go for
went on to praise the efforts made by Tesla Motors and its Tesla Roadster.
"Tesla have done a good job getting to production - the Roadster is an
impressive car. Why's the Lightning better? Because we've got fast-charge
technology. It's future-proofed."
of this technology packed into one vehicle doesn't come cheap -- LCC says that
its Lightning GT will retail for £120,000, or roughly $239,000 USD.
quote: Three versions of the GT are currently planned for a 2008 release, - a luxury model, a lightweight sports model capable of reaching 0-60mph in less than four seconds and an extended range model designed to travel up to 250 miles on a single 10 minute charge.
quote: and an extended range model designed to travel up to 250 miles on a single 10 minute charge.
quote: 3 Phase power hmmmm...i believe in the USA, that is 60 amps.1- only few places i know of in my job, in which i could even think about getting the power outlet.. per say.The true challenge, is not the 200k for the Car.. But getting an infrastructure in place, that is readily avaliable. (Hundreds of Billions)...
quote: I was just trying to keep it simple so a normal person would understand me.
quote: Voltage times current = power in watts.
quote: Either way I don't think the cost to a business to upgrade to a 3-phase circuit would be terribly expensive.
quote: would you drop a quarter-million on a car that would go
quote: I would have thought that combined MPG is much more use-full.
quote: I would rather have a fake exhaust making jaguar sounds.
quote: Also the way the power to the electric motor is controlled is bound to make some nice harmonic sounds in the audio range.
quote: Once gas engines are gone, the beautiful sounds they made go with them. You guys can talk yourselves into thinking electric motors somehow sound good but I will live in reality and focus on other aspects of a car or just forget about cars entirely and move on to something else.
quote: For example if the ICE cars have become a serious minority the pollution is not that much of a problem. And every person with common sence would not stand people a hobby in the way. It's like the classics we have now. We can drive them too without worries.
quote: am happy to see more electric cars are coming. And i am very happy to see they use hub motors. That should increase safety too. You have essentially 4 wheel drive all the time. Put some electronics to control those wheels and you are driving a tank in all weather. All though with the weight and all i am sure it is needed. How is the weight distributed in these cars ?
quote: And these batteries are just new technology and will improve technologically over time. I am sure the burden on the electrical grid will get more and more as storage densities increase.
quote: 4 wheel drive? Already plenty of cars, trucks, SUVs, and CUV/XUVs with such. Probably a whole lot safer as they've been doing it for years and refining the traction control of these systems.
quote: That or they will make more efficient motors. Ones that create more hp using less energy. Maybe add on some solar panels or wind turbines onto the car to collect available power in it's surroundings.
quote: Wish the states would invest more into nuclear power plants. Then any waste create from such would be dumped into these big empty oil wells that we drilled into.
quote: Every car can catch fire. Why would an electric car suddenly not catch fire ? There is a lot of volatile energy stored in a small space. That is always a risk.
quote: I do not know if they can make the efficiëncy of electric motors higher. It already is at 90 percent or more depending on the version.
quote: And solarpanels would work only if the efficiëncy of these panels would go dramatically up and windturbines would not help.
quote: A windturbine must not be earodynamical because then the blades would not turn. Therefore because nothing is perfect in nature it would cost more juice then it would deliver.The only reason a windturbine would be handy if you have a empty battery in a storm. Build up the windturbine to charge your battery when you are stranded :).
quote: That's not nothing, especially with the fast charge feature... but if I had to drive a couple of states away in this thing it would be fairly annoying to have to stop for ten minutes every 150-250 miles. I'm wondering if the fast charging reduces battery lifetime.
quote: They need the equivalent of 700hp to do what the current Z06 does with 505hp? And the Z06 makes its peak torque around 5000 rpm while this thing makes its peak torque at 0.
quote: what real effect wil an expensive electric sports car have on the environment
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