Thursday, December 29, 2005

Koizumi Sets Shining Example

Last week, Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi demonstrated the new eight-wheeled electric sedan developed by researchers at Tokyo's Keio University in cooperation with a national auto-maker and governmental entities.

Although not expected on the market for a few more years, the Eliica takes about 10 hours to charge and has a top speed of about 250 mph, in the right driving conditions.
(Japanese speakers, click here.)

The car will do 0-60 in about four seconds, utilizing a 100hp motor in each of its eight wheels and carries a price tag of more than $200,000.

Although it is not expected to become available in the commercial market, it does prove that what we don't like about electric cars (long charge times, slow speeds, very little horsepower) can be overcome when there is a desire to make it happen.

Now, if we can just get US President George Bush to drive a VW microbus with a diesel engine powered by used fryer grease, we might see some radical changes in the US auto industry...

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