Lithium-Powered Electric Car Now Available In U.K.
by Justin on September 6, 2007
This month sees the launch of the Elettrica, thefirst production electric car on the UK market with the option of alithium power supply. The car is said to provide almost twice therange of other small electric cars at 70 miles. Lithium-ionbatteries are more commonly found in laptops and mobile phones.They offer higher performance, but have yet to become commonplacedue to cooling and battery life problems.
The Elettrica is available from FutureVehicles, the exclusive distributor. Drivers in the U.K. willbe exempt from the London congestion charge and from road tax, andwill enjoy free parking in Westminster, the City and many otherparts of London.
The car combines Italian styling and design, Japanese engineeringand British electronics, and will be available in lead-battery andlighter, longer-lasting lithium-battery versions, the latteroffering a maximum speed of 45 mph. the lead-acid battery offers a40-mile range and a maximum 40 mph.
The Elettrica has an aluminium safety cage, disc brakes, front andrear impact bars and has undergone front and sidecrash-testing.
The Elettrica is priced at £9,950 for the lead-battery poweredversion and at £12,750 for the lithium powered version.Prices alsoinclude registration and delivery to any London address. FutureVehicles makes no mention of the lithium battery overheatingproblems which have affected some laptop computers, and reportedlydelayed Toyota’s adoption of lithium ion batteries for itsthird-generation Prius hybrid car.
Lithium-Powered Electric Car