We know that a lot of electric vehicles are built for speed as well as efficiency and low- to zero emissions. The Hammacher Schlemmer answer to this looks to be a zippy little EV built for commuters simply known as the “120 MPH Electric Car.” It may look cute, but is darn pricey at $108,000.
The car can accelerate from zero to sixty in four seconds, and its top speed is 120 MPH in one gear with no shifting. It sports two electric motors, which are smaller versions of those found in diesel-electric trains. The combined power of the motors produces over 1,000 lbf ft. of torque. It s powered by a set of lead-acid batteries that can drive the car for about 40 to 80 miles on one charge.
The car is quite compact, about the width of most motorcycles at 39 inches across, and measures eight-and-a-half feet long and five feet high. Its narrow shape means it can only seat two–a driver and one passenger, who sits behind the driver–but its small size, it is said by Hammacher Schlemmer, means that the need for parallel parking, the bane of many a driver, is eliminated, as it can park perpendicular to a curb without sticking out into traffic.
For its small stature, the car is designed reportedly to be quite safe, with a chrome moly steel roll cage that meets Sports Car Club of America racing safety standards. The chassis is stainless steel, and the body panels are made of Kevlar, carbon fiber and fiberglass. The body is also reinforced with side impact bars for added security, which Hammacher Schlemmer claims is capable of offering four times the protection of side impact bars found in many SUVs.
Still – $108,000 for this? We think at that price point money put towards a Tesla Model S might be a better bet.