Here at Mashable, we’re fans of all things cutting edge, and that most certainly includes the gadgets that get you from A to B. In the world of vehicles, the newest and freshest offerings are all electric.
New products from Tesla Motors, Elon Musk’s Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle company, are always a hit. But Tesla’s not the only company producing super speedy high-tech vehicles; in fact, cars are just the tip of the electric-vehicle iceberg.
Take, for example, the JR-Maglev MLX01, an experimental magnetic levitation train developed in Japan. It uses magnets to move and stay on track, and is capable of topping 360 mph. Meanwhile, France’s Train à Grande Vitesse uses old-fashioned wheels, but also runs on electricity, and has traveled as fast as 357 mph.
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The spiffy looking Tesla Roadster Sport can hit 125 mph, but that doesn’t even place it in the top two of fastest electric cars. A pair of electric motorcycles — the Lawless OCC Rocket Bike and Mission R — would also dust it in a drag race. The Roadster Sport, however, has them all beat on looks.
The infographic below, which comes courtesy of the British website carfinance247.co.uk/, gives us a rundown of all the world’s fastest electric vehicles. Tesla is represented there, along with the aforementioned “superbikes” and high-speed trains, but there are a few funky-looking suprises as well. Check out the full infographic for more; then let us know in the comments: Which futuristic vehicle would you most like to take for a spin?
The Economics of Electric Vehicles [INFOGRAPHIC].
For the past few decades, hopeful automobile owners made decisions based on gas mileage, vehicle size and leather interior. Now, a projected 62,400 Americans will choose to purchase an electric vehicle in 2012.
The cheapest highway-legal EV starts around $30,000 for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, but competitors such as Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan are all vying for a higher range and lower cost.
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The Obama administration’s target of 1 million electric vehicle sales in 2015 is aided by the more than $1 billion in government spending for installing charging locations, improving and building lithium-ion battery plants and supporting developing systems.
Take a gander at the graphic below, provided by VroomVroomVroom, for more detailed information on electric vehicles.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, MSVG
Automobiles have transformed dramatically since the first mass-produced Ford Model T car hit the consumer market about 104 years ago. But the evolution still continues, with gas-guzzling vehicles slowly turning into energy-efficient roadsters.
UK-based company Car Loan 4U has released an infographic highlighting the history of the car and it’s transformation into what we see in vehicles today.
The infographic highlights some of the most fuel-efficient cars in production, from the 2012 Chevrolet Volt to the Ford Focus E (76 miles) and the Renault Fluence Z.E. (115).
It also hints at the industry ahead: “In the near future, electric cars will outperform petrol cars in every area. The only thing that stands in the way of electric cars total domination is us. At current adoption rates, by the year 2030, only 7.1% of the car-driving population of the planet will own an electric car.”
Source: Mashable.com, Tesla, carloan4u