Torque electric at CRC Speedshow

Torque electric at CRC Speedshow

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This year’s CRC Speedshow, will features one super-car – a lightweight, high-performance Tesla Roadster – that will not be like the others on display.

With its sleek, low-slung lines and innovative bonded aluminium/carbon-fibre body, the US-built Tesla Roadster certainly looks like a super-car. And its ability to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds means it is as fast as one. The difference is that the Tesla is ‘powered’ by electricity, not petrol.

“And if you didn’t know the Tesla was electric, it would be hard to tell by looking at it, wouldn’t it?” says Rob McEwen of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles who’s behind the display of electric vehicles as part of CRC Speedshow, running 19 and 20 July at Auckland’s ASB show grounds.

The rapidly increasing public acceptance of electric vehicles can be seen in the fact that the Tesla Roadster will be one of at least four electric vehicles on the Association’s stand.

The others are all models which are now readily available to New Zealand consumers, being the range-extended Holden Volt, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Nissan Leaf.

The display of electric vehicles is a first for CRC Speedshow with show director Ross Prevette predicting a bright future for the ‘zero emission’ sector.

“Even just in the past year, major strides have been made both in the electric vehicle technology itself and the uptake by manufacturers, dealers and the buying public. We’re no longer talking just about hybrids either; we’re talking about genuine, 100%, whisper-quiet, zero-emission vehicles equipped with high-efficiency electric motors and the latest lithium-ion batteries,” says Prevette.

For proof of how far the electric vehicle sector has moved in such a short time Prevette points to the advances made in the Zero TT (for zero emission motorcycles) race at the Isle of Man where between 2010 and 2103 the average speed recorded by the winner over a single 60.37 km lap of the famous ‘mountain’ course has gone from 154.821 km/h to 175.47km/h.

In September this year Beijing will also host the opening round of the governing body of world motor-sport, the FIA’s inaugural Formula E championship for zero emission single-seater racing cars powered solely by electricity.

“There’s no doubt that some exciting technology is being developed which will continue to flow through to our everyday motor vehicles,” says Prevette. “We’re delighted APEV will join us at this year’s show to highlight the practical and exciting electric and hybrid vehicles available to New Zealanders today.”

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