Straight out of a comic book, vintage sci-fi flick and an idealistic imagination, the electric car has long been anticipated as the next step in the evolution of the automobile. However, attempts to do so have yielded unconvincing results.
It is impossible to ignore the fact that there were politics surrounding the initial rise and fall of the electric car; its future has swung uneasily between feasibility and reality. It is also ironic that in sci-fi literature and film, it was largely expected that by early in the 21st Century we would be zooming around on either electric or flying cars.
Seriously, it’s 2007. You’re probably wondering, “Hey, where’s my electric car?”
The wry smile on the face of will.i.am’s face told it all…
“It’s like driving a Lambo without gas,” he said. “It’s fast, homie. Funny that last time we were on Hummers… Now, I’m on an electric car.”
The car that has will.i.am beaming is the fully electric Tesla Roadster (produced by Tesla Motors), which, the company claims, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 4 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 130 mph—all the while running as quiet as a gentle breeze.
What about range? Few Californians remember the ill-fated EV1 by General Motors, which initially got 55-75 miles per charge and eventually could run 75-150 miles per charge. The Tesla Roadster can travel just over 200 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery system, which is equivalent to 135 mpg. “You can go to San Diego and back,” will.i.am chortled.