The inventor of the battery device used in General Motor’s first electric vehicle says the new allure of electric cars is speed and performance, not just fuel efficiency.
John E. Waters said at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that recent advances in the engineering of electric vehicles are allowing the future road-dwellers to rival the speed and performance of cars developed by Porsche or BMW.
“Experimental electric cars already have achieved sustained speeds of more than 180 miles per hour, and established world speed records above 300 mph,” Waters said in a press release. “Electric cars have inherent advantages in efficiency and torque over gasoline-powered vehicles. Energy storage-to-torque on an EV platform is above 90 percent efficient, compared to less than 35 percent for internal combustion engines. I have no doubt that battery-powered race cars will be attracting race fans in the immediate future.”