Ecotricity, the eco-friendly electric utility company has been providing green electricity for more than ten years now, but the founder, Dale Vince, has fixed his sights on a more ambitious venture: to make an attractive wind-propelled electric sports car.
Vince is presently working with a team of engineers and designers to modify a Lotus Exige into a speedster with zero emissions, with every part of the original car receiving a revision of one kind or another. The car will have not designation, but it will distinctly be recognized by its wind-power design.
The car is powered by standard electricity that has been cleanly produced at one of the wind farms of Ecotricity. So, this is not something one can easily dismiss as a puff of hot air.
There is already a prototype of the car announced last year with more details emerging as the car draws closer to its final stages of testing.
The most outstanding feature of the car is not its Ferrari-topping 0-62mph acceleration rate of just 4 seconds, or its smooth, sports car-like silhouette, but rather the fact that it was built by a team of just six men without the resources of a large scale manufacturer having managed to create the car by utilizing off-the-shelf parts with an overall development cost of only 200,000 Pounds.
In comparison, Tesla expended $100 million in the development of its Roadster. To add to this, it was pointed out by Vince that his wind-propelled car is more advanced technologically than that of Tesla and the F1. The testing of the prototypes will be completed in two months and limited production will begin by the end of 2009.