Oct. 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM ET
A battery-powered muscle car has smashed an electric-vehicle land speed record in a bid to prove that green car technology is not just for geeks and wimps.
The Nemesis, a modified Lotus Exige, hit 151 miles per hour on Sept. 27, besting the previous record by 14 mph.
The car was built by Ecotricity, a green energy company in the United Kingdom that hopes to put some oomph into the stalled electric vehicle market with “an out-and-out desirable sports car, capable of combustion-engine speeds and able to do 100 to 150 miles on one ‘tank’,” according to its website.
The Tesla Roadster can hit 125 miles per hour and has a 245-mile range, Discovery News notes, showing that the electric vehicle market has some speed already. “But the high-performance electric vehicle (read: speed and horsepower) electric car hasn’t hit primetime yet.”
In addition to being speedy, the Nemesis has a range of 100 to 150 miles per charge, depending on driving style, and can be fully recharged with rapid charging infrastructure in just 30 minutes — specs that may please green car geeks as much as the speed appeals to the muscle car fans.
– via Discovery News