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By Samuel R. Avro on Feb 10, 2009 with no responses

Lightning Electric Car can Zoom from Zero to 60 in Just 4 Seconds


The Lightning GT at its unveiling during the British Motor Show in July.

Looking to buy an electric car that can perform as a legitimate high end sports car? If you’ve got about $200,000 to spend, the sleek-looking Lightning GT may be the vehicle you’ve been waiting for.

With an electric powered engine that chugs out 650 horsepower, and capable of accelerating from a standstill position to 60 miles per hour in just 4 seconds, the currently under development vehicle is attempting to exceed more than 188 miles on a fully charged battery.

According to the Lightning Car Company, the vehicle’s manufacturer, the top speed of the vehicle is said to be limited to 130 miles per hour.

Recharging the battery can be done in multiple ways in order to increase the ease and reduce the time of topping off the power.

The Lightning has a built in battery charging and control system. Simply plug the car’s charging lead into your home’s electric power point and you’ll soon be charged and ready for the next journey.

There will likely be three recharging options available, the company says. Overnight using a domestic power supply, a couple of hours using a 3 phase power supply and just 10 minutes using a fast charge unit.

Standard single phase home type power source can be used to charge overnight and is available just about anywhere by using the onboard charger. For a fast charge a 3 phase power supply is required and with the interest in electric powered vehicles increasing significantly, more high power charging stations will be installed. Most garage forecourt and industrial areas already have this level of high power source available and therefore can be fitted with a universal charging station.

Regenerative braking will also be standard on the Lightning.

When you brake, the car’s kinetic energy is converted to heat through friction – throwing away the energy that was previously used to accelerate the car. In city driving, about 30 percent of a typical car’s engine output is lost to braking. This proportion drops to almost zero in highway driving, where braking is much less frequent.

An electric vehicle uses an electric motor to create torque to drive its wheels. When an electric vehicle is approaching a stop light, it doesn’t create friction and useless heat in order to slow down. Instead it reverses its electric motor turning it into an electric generator, creating electricity which is fed back into the battery and stored for future use. In fact any time an electric vehicle decelerates it causes the system to use the vehicle’s momentum to generate electricity.

The company, which is constructing the vehicle in the U.K., said that it is planning on building the car for sale across Europe and North America.

The hope is to be able to begin production of the sports car later this year, with a convertible version being released in 3 years.