Few people know this interesting fact, the electric car was actually the first car invented. It was invented before the internal combustion engine car in the 1830’s by a Scotsman. A few years later another Scotsman in the US developed the rechargeable battery for the electric car. The combustions engine car was developed much later though and at the time proved to be a lot more practical and efficient than the electric car. Hence the combustion engine car became the norm for modern transport. However fast forward a 100 years later and we are faced with major challenges such as peak oil and the burning of fossils causing global warming. So the electric car has been revitalised and with major advances in energy storage been made, it’s once again becoming a viable solution. Till now the main challenge with electric cars has been the distance it can travel on a single battery charge and the amount of time it takes to charge the battery. New energy storage technologies are however tackling these challenges head on. Here are the Top 10 Electric Car Companies that are disrupting the traditional combustion engine car.
The Golf has always been a popular car globally since the 1970’s, VW has now launched and an electric version of the Golf. It’s been promoted as a city run around car but what makes this electric car unique?
Apart from the normal standard technologies, the car has a 35.8 kWh lithium-ion power source with a 7.7 kW DC battery charger. Once fully charged the car has an estimated range of 125 miles before being needed to be recharged.
The car also makes use regenerative braking technology, whenever you brake the energy is recovered and used to charge the batteries. It also has a 100 kW or 134 HP electric motor. Using a rapid charging point, the car’s lithium-ion batteries can be recharged to 80% capacity in half an hour. It has a top speed of 85 mph and can reach 60 mph in 9.3 seconds.