The popular kids who happen to be mechanics were lucky enough to spot a fun little under cover toy as they were leaving the Javits Center the other day at the conclusion of New York's fab little auto show. One of those Popular Mechanics, Ben Chertoff, can take it from here:
"We went...to investigate, and discovered the L1X-75, a 600-hp, carbon-fiber rocket that's powered by nothing more than your 110 outlet.
Sure, the speedster has none of the creature comforts of its Javitz Center brethren (you know, airbags, radio, rear-view mirrors, turn signals), but what it lacks in style it makes up for in function. Hybrid Technologies' thoroughbred pulls from zero-60 in just 3.1 seconds as it launches towards a top speed of 175 mph and a maximum range of around 200 miles."
The video's fun enough, even if only to hear Ben Chertoff explain that the easiest way to tell the difference between a gas-powered car and a battery-powered car is that a battery-powered car has "a socket where you can plug it in." But it looks like the "lithium-powered induction motors" make it different from that other electric power-sled we've covered, as it "makes a noise like a jet engine." Eat your heart out Tesla Motors.
Hybrid Technologies L1X-75: Zero-60 in 3.1 Seconds, Batteries Included [Popular Mechanics]
Electric Sales Potential! Tesla Motors To Open Five Non-Dealerships This Year [internal]