The UK's leading energy company, "Ecotricity," has just launched the UK's first high performance electric sports car. Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, presents "Nemesis," an electric sports car powered by wind energy. Faster than a V12 Ferrari, it was created in record speed as well - only 2 years of development by an "A-Team" of top-notch British Formula One engineers, who were also behind the creation of the McLaren F1, the Lotus Elan, the Corvette 2R1, the Jaguar XJR15, and the ever-popular, De Lorean. Vince contended in 2008 that the Nemesis would "blow the socks off Jeremy Clarkson (of BBC TV show, Top Gear) and smash the stereotype of electric cars."
The stereotypical electric car is usually considered impractical and slow; however, Nemesis defies stereotypes, reaching speeds up to 170 mph and 0-100 in 8.5 seconds. Needing a charge every 100-150 miles, Nemesis takes 2 hours to charge from its "fast charger" or 8-9 hours from a regular mains supply. Ecotricity isn't stopping there. The company contends that technology used for development of the Nemesis will be used in Ecotricity's next projects, which include plans for a wind-powered electric super car that will exceed speeds of 250 mph. Vince claims, "We wanted to prove electric cars can be quick to develop, beautiful to look at, cheap to run, and run entirely on wind power. I was not looking for something ecological, worthy, and a bit self-sacrificial, far from it. I wanted to create something exotic and desirable. Something that would turn heads and challenge stereotypes." Perhaps Ecotricity isn't fulfilling impractical electric car stereotypes but how about stereoptypes of sports cars?
Sources: EarthTechling and Ecotricity