Liberty Electric Cars claims to have created a prototype vehicle that can travel 1,000 miles per charge. The prototype may be completed in the next six months. Have you heard this one before?
Ian Hobday, the CEO of Liberty, said, “Our engineering team has recently seen a new type of energy storage that would allow EVs to reach a range equal to, or potentially in excess of, what today’s best internal combustion engines can achieve.” That means a range of at least 300 miles per charge, maybe even up to 500 miles. But 1,000 miles? Seems…optimistic at best.
Now, let us explore the possibility of such a range. Current electric vehicle battery technology which is on the market can achieve up to 300 miles per charge using an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery bank (the most well-equipped variant of the Tesla Model S). I am not saying that Tesla could not have exceeded 300 miles of range, because they could have installed even more batteries in the Model S, but they chose to stop at 85 kWh worth. At some point the extra weight of the battery negates the extra range.
Liberty Electric itself currently sells the E-Range, an all-electric version of the Range Rover with about 200 miles of charge. The cost? About $240,000. So even if Liberty builds a 1,000 mile EV, a little math shows us that it would cost about $1.25 million dollars. That’s just not going to work for anyone.
Without more information, this claim of a 1,000 mile EV seems like bluster and nothing more. We’ll believe it when we see it.
Source: Plugin Cars
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