Nissan Leaf: The World's Fastest Car, Sort of
Yes, of course there's a catch.
However, the Leaf is now the fastest car over a mile while driving in reverse -- a record set on Friday by Terry Grant at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The professional stunt driver covered one mile of the hill-climb course, going backwards, in 1 minute, 37.02 seconds at an average speed of 55 mph. Grant is no stranger to Goodwood, Nissan or wacky records, having last year piloted the hill climb in a Nissan Juke, driving it on two wheels the whole way. This year he broke his own record five times over the weekend, with the final time being 26 seconds faster than the original.
Basic math error: If the driver covered 1 mile in 1.617 minutes, his average speed was slightly over 37 miles per hour, not 55 mph.
EV batteries should not need to be owned by the car owner. Electric vehicles should have slots that take internationally standardized power packs that are automatically swapped at power stations.
You pull up to the machine. It automatically swaps the power pack, calculates the net power used and bills you accordingly. Instant refill. Zero charge time. No expensive battery replacements to have to worry about in a few years.
The power packs problems, upgrades and recycling are thus the "problem" of the big corporations and government to solve (transparent to us i.e.. not our problem any more).
If and when that happens then I will gladly lease or buy an electric vehicle for a reasonable price.
Thanks early adopters for helping to fund the ironing out of the problems that will make my life better for having waited. I'm certain that the major corporate players know that this is the real future path of EVs. They are utilizing the early adopter's desire to own the latest new tech toward their ends.
Also. before anybody objects because they think that they can no longer charge the car at home, they are wrong. You can still charge it at home all night and thereby get a lower price per Kilowatt-hour as long as your charger doesn't damage the power pack that you don't own. If it does and they can prove it then you are out a bundle of cash. The most expensive part of the R&D for the universal power packs will initially be the security verification systems no doubt.
There are many clean diesel models which we do not get to buy in this country, because everybody and their brother is busy marketing hybrids and electric vehicles; the former are built on obsolete technology, while the latter are nowhere near ready for prime time, and when they will be ready, they will likely only come as automatics.
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