When we think of an electric car, what appears on our mind is a sluggish car with an unappealing design. The car is never meant for long distance travel and needs a recharge in every two or three hours. But guess what? That was the first generation of electric cars in the 60s.
Gen I EV1 from General Motor needed a recharge in every 97 km. The product was a failure in the automobile industry. All the leased cars ended up destroyed and repurposed. Honda EV Plus, Toyota RAV4 EV, and Altra EV miniwagon were among the electric cars that failed to compete with fossil fuel autos.
However, with the concerning condition of air pollution and global warming, the idea of electric cars are being re-evaluated and developed. Besides, our technology today has advanced far beyond what we could have imagined in the 60s.
Elon Musk is an exalted example of a visionary. Gaining his fortune from the largest share of PayPal, Musk has used his wealth to invest in the renewable energy and eco-friendly auto industry. And his products, TESLA cars are no joke. They can compete with the fossil-fueled sportscars. TESLA names their sportscar Roadster. The car can travel up to 250 mph and reach 620 mi range.
The acceleration is also astonishing. It can go from 0-60 mph just in 1.9 sec. Musk’s company has managed to boost electric car efficiency by designing it smartly.
A report from thedrive.com tells us that the standard series of TESLA cars, the S series, has an ingenious design of chassis. It reduces the chance for the car to roll over during an accident to almost zero. TESLA also eliminates moveable parts and contraptions to reach the premium efficiency.
Vandra Dendrobium is created by Vanda Electrics, a Singapore-based company. Its parent company is the Wong Fong, known for its innovation in Engineering, heavy-duty vehicles, and military equipment. With all of the access to the latest technology and resources, Vandra partnered up with William Engineering Ltd, the top rank team in Formula 1, to build the Dendrobium. The name itself is inspired by the orchid species native to Singapore.
Overall, Dendrobium has a striking appearance. It fits all the category of a sports car and shares the resemblance of the Lamborghini. Instead, Dendrobium is more futuristic and alien-look. But Dendrobium displays not only aesthetics but also power. Its top speed is 200 mph, and the acceleration is 0-62 mph in 2.6 sec.
However, Dendrobium will not be mass-produced. The company tells the press in Geneva International Motor Show 2017 that the car will be produced only in tens and not hundreds. It means that owning the car will be a very exclusive privilege.
Aston Martin Rapid-E
Aston Martin is a veteran player in the sports auto industry. It is based in England and has planned to overthrown TESLA with the Rapid-E series. Starting as a concept car, Rapid-E will be in production in 2019.
We can only imagine what the specs of the engine will be, because there is no information yet on the official site, astonmartin.com.
But all we know is that the CEO has promised that the engine in Rapid-E will surpass the V12 engine. V12 vantage can speed up to 190 mph, with the acceleration of 0-60 mph in 4.1 sec.
The answer to the title is short and simple ‘Yes’. Electric cars will soon replace the fossil-fueled ones. It breaks the myth that in order to use a sustainable car, we must sacrifice our need for speed.