Wrightspeed X1 Electric Car beats Ferrari and Porsche
Wrightspeed X1 electric car beats Ferrari 360 Spider and a Porsche Carrera GT and costs half as much.
That's a rather stupid comparison, since the Wrightspeed is a tiny little go-kart while the other two are full-fledged cars, comfortable, safe, with many amenities, etc. A more fair comparison would be the X1 vs an Ariel Atom. Or alternatively, comparing the Tesla to the Ferrari or Porsche.
Though some green enthusiasts may express dismay at expensive exotic vehicles being actually produced instead of a sub-$15,000 lithium commuter EV, I am excited about seeing the early-adopters getting green options and these types of things becoming trendy with those "evil rich people".
I recall my sister buying a VCR when they were over $800 (in 1980's money) with no remote, no visual scan to pass up commercials, and it was a "dust-gathering" top-loader. Thank God for early adopters and mass-production!
If the accelerator pedal had a "J" shaped toe-clip, then lifting your toe could actuate re-gen (more for keeping the brakes cooler than extending the battery in THIS application). OR, regen could be actuated by the first 1/2" of brake pedal, whichever drivers found easier to use (or both!, its just a cheap switch)
Also, there is a tremendous amount of possibility in the developement of controllers, especially in the field of paralleling Capacitors with the battery. Again, not for extending the battery (in a performance car) but for absorbing regen and providing for the initial burst of accelleration out of a curve.
The future "sub-$15,000 Lithium commuter EV" will benefit from this research when it DOES extend its battery range by using regen capacitors with a sophisticated and robust controller. Again...Thank God for early adopters and mass-production!