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(from Lightning Car
Company Press Release) THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC LIGHTNING
In 2006, The Lightning
Car Company set out to develop electric technology for a luxury
British sports car with a view to creating a super car with
outstanding presence, power & performance.
Powered by NanoSafe™, the electric Lightning GT, features an
impressive 700 bhp powerful acceleration and a top speed capability
of more than 130mph. In short, the electric Lightning will be a
difficult proposition to beat.
By combining classic,
British sports car design with racing car technology and state of
the art battery power & electric motor innovation, the Lightning has
been designed and developed in the UK with exhilarating performance
front of mind.
Whilst its head-turning looks will appeal to the most discerning of
drivers, unlike other sports cars the Lightning is also easy on the
conscience. With virtually no polluting emissions, this
energy-efficient car will use clean technology for the ultimate
green rating. Following production of several Lightning petrol
prototypes, the electric Lightning GT, Sports and Extended Range
versions are now available to pre-order.
THE ELECTRIC LIGHTNING - TOP 10
√ Ultra smooth 100%
electric power (700+bhp) immediately from zero rpm
√ 10 minute charge time for over 250 miles of motoring (GTSE
√ Uncompromising performance with 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds
√ State of the art NanoSafe™ battery system and Hi-Pa Drive™
electric motor technology
√ Full regenerative braking so the battery receives charge every
time you slow down, travel downhill or simply coast
√ Commanding presence of carbon fibre/Kevlar hand-crafted
√ Clean technology means no congestion charge or road tax and
the ultimate A grade green rating
√ Phenomenal economy up to 10 x cheaper to run than petrol
√ Safer with no large fuel tank, thermally stable batteries and
a bodywork structure similar to that used in F1 to protect the
√ Luxury spec. interior – incorporating sat nav, ipod interface
and virtual engine sound
MORE ABOUT ELECTRIC LIGHTNING
Until now, battery technology has hindered electric vehicle
innovation. In 2000, US company Altairnano Inc. established a
research programme to create an ultra safe, high power battery using
cutting-edge Nanotechnology. The result of their hard work is the
SAFER - NanoSafe™
batteries use nano titanate materials instead of graphite which
makes them far more thermally stable - there are no toxics or
heavy metals used in NanoSafe™ batteries.
NanoSafe™ batteries have a life expectancy of 12+ years, versus
the 3-5 year life of other batteries. NanoSafe™ can retain up to
85% charge capacity after 15,000 charges.
FASTER CHARGE -
NanoSafe™ batteries can be recharged in approximately 10
minutes, rather than the hours required by many other
MORE POWERFUL - With
instantaneous power even at extreme temperatures, NanoSafe™
batteries deliver power per unit weight and unit volume several
times that of conventional Lithium-Ion batteries.
Hi-Pa Drive™ from PML
Hi-Pa Drive™ is a real revolution in motor technology and it’s a
British innovation to boot! With its integrated motor and drive
electronics in one single unit it produces an ultra high power
density - up to 20 times more than conventional systems.
energy-efficient, electric wheel motors produce unrivalled levels of
torque with internal heavy-duty tapered roller bearings that can
withstand heavy radial loads for robust use. Yet they achieve the
power to weight ratio important for the performance sports car
capability of the Lightning
Other features include total weather proofing, total energy transfer
and several levels of redundancy, so any single failure will not
prevent the vehicle from operating safely.
Carbon fibre/Kevlar® composite technology in association with
Amber Composites and Technical Resin Bonders
The Lightning bodywork will incorporate aluminium honeycomb
crushable impact cells. This composite monocoque structure uses the
same technology that is used in Formula 1 motor racing to protect
the driver. This material will be used in the front, rear and sides
of the car s well as around the battery area
Upon braking, the car's kinetic energy is converted to heat through
friction - throwing away the energy that was previously used to
accelerate. In city driving, about 30 percent of a typical car's
engine output is lost to braking.
When an electric vehicle
is decelerating, it does not create friction and useless heat in
order to slow down. Instead it reverses its electric motor turning
it into an electric generator, creating electricity which is fed
back into the battery and stored for future use. In fact any time an
electric vehicle decelerates it causes the system to use the
vehicle's momentum to generate electricity.