Forget Nissan’s ambitious electric vehicle plans.
Mercedes wants to build an electric Gullwing supercar? Let ’em cater to the super rich.
Take the Chevy Volt’s 40-mile range and laugh in its face.
In fact, forget all the corporate EV hype and overnight-recharging technology.
I’m looking to a group of college students to solve the electric-vehicle conundrum of creating an EV with an extended driving range and a quick recharge.
Check this out: A student-built electric car can fully recharge in just ten minutes, travel 200 miles on a charge, and do the 0-60 run in just 9 seconds. A group from MIT (naturally) took a 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid and then added 7,905 lithium iron-phosphate batteries to achieve the goal of creating a little something they call rapid recharge. So far, the big manufacturers haven’t been able to do what these college folks did.
Get this technology into mass production, and bingo, we can put a check mark next to the “create electric vehicle” box and move on to the next big innovation. Come on MIT – we want flying cars next!
Should we rely on auto manufacturers to bring us electric vehicles, or should we be open to looking at college campuses, too?