Jaguar has rolled out
the C-X75, an extended-range electric supercar. Jaguar notes the C-X75 is
capable of reaching 205 mph, sprinting from 0-62 mph in 3.4 sec, and can go
from 50 to 90 mph in 2.3 sec. The car has four 195bhp electric motors - one for
each wheel - that produce 778bhp and a total torque output of 1,180 lb per
foot.The C-X75 is powered by two gas turbines that spin at 80,000 rpm and can
generate enough electricity to extend the range of the car to 560 miles while
producing just 28 gm of CO2 per
kilowatt from the car's plug-in charge capability. The car has a zero-tailpipe
emissions range of 68 miles running solely on battery power.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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