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The San Diego Alternative Energy Meetup Group Message Board Cars & Transportation › First good electric vehicle?

First good electric vehicle?

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A little expensive but what the heck. 200 mile range is good. Can it actually carry stuff, at high speeds, and be upgraded as the years go by? I think they have a winner here. Maybe after time they can reduce the price but they might as well take advantage of those who can afford it currently. And from the news today we now know out of the industrialized nations America has the widest gap between the rich and the poor. So this may seem expensive to most of us but is probably a drop in the bucket for those of us who are not caught up in the rat race...

http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2008/09/23/land-rover-joins-the-ranks-of-electric-car-makers/­
Move over Aptera and Tesla, Land Rover is planning to create an electric car of its own. Of course, Land Rover isn’t going to be creating any wimpy old electric car, it will be creating the electric car for the off road crowd.

According to the Telegraph, Land Rover will be unveiling a Range Rover prototype that will get 200 miles per charge. The car will have solar panels on the roof to charge the batteries when they get low and will also power many of the electrical systems. Other technologies like regenerative braking and integrated electric rear wheel drive may be in some of the electric versions to help charge the battery and more efficiently use the power.

The prototype was designed by a team in Oxford, England and may be on show room floors next year. Of course it is anyone’s guess how many of these electrical versions of the Range Rover will be sold since the price is £95,000 to £125,000 ($174,850 - $230,060). These prices make the Tesla seem reasonable.

Land Rover claims that although the initial price for the vehicle is high, car owners will save 80% less to run than gasoline powered versions. The owners will also get a tax break by owning the electric Range Rover.

Even in electric form, this Range Rover will have quick acceleration and a high top speed, although the figures for those assertions have not been given. The inclusion of an electric version in the Land Rover line up means that the company will have an easier time meeting the European Community edict requiring car makers to lower its “average CO2 output down to 130 grams per kilometre by 2012”.

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