Gallery: The Middle-East’s First EV Claims a Range of 2,236 Miles

 

Photo: the Ford Nucleon

American and European electric cars have nothing on an EV currently in the works in Oman. Built by local company Noor Majan, the vehicle will be the first EV built in the Middle-East — and it supposedly gets a mind-blowing 2,236 miles to the charge. For some perspective, the Tesla Roadster only gets 245 miles per charge.

Among the vehicle’s other impressive stats: an 800-horsepower engine, solar powered air-conditioner, the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, and massaging seats. Noor Majan also says that the car, which will cost $70,000 to $91,000, can go 21 years without maintenance.

We’re highly skeptical about Noor Majan’s claims, since they make very little practical sense. But we think there’s reason to celebrate even if the company just puts out a standard EV — it will be the Middle-East’s first big step away from petroleum-powered cars.

Via Wired Autopia

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  1. The Middle East’s... June 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    [...] you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! digg Post tags: eV , Green Design , Middle East , Middle East , Noor Majan , Oman , “rel [...]

  2. allen_idaho June 20, 2010 at 1:19 am

    This could potentially be true if they are using a series of nuclear batteries as the power source.

    Strontium-90, for example, has a half-life of around 28 years. Enough atomic batteries using this element would provide you plenty of power to operate an electric vehicle until it decays too far. Then you would just need to replace the batteries.

    But the weight and potential hazard in a major car crash could be an issue.

  3. perfectcirclecarpenter June 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I use a vehicle powered entirely by my self esteem! It’s lightweight, I can lift 2 of them at the same time, and it’s small enough to bring indoors too! And it costs less to manufacture this vehicle than a typical car’s monthly gas bill. Because it’s so lightweight and small it doesn’t pose a lethal hazard to pedestrians. If everyone adopted this vehicle type exclusively, it would save a life every minute. There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes.

  4. 31415926 June 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Oh yeah? I designed a car that has a 40000 mile range per charge, only needs servicing 1x ever 32 years and can transform into a spaceship with the push of a button. Take that Noor Majan!

  5. michaeljanzen June 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I think I read about this car in a 1967 issue of Popular Mechanics. Just kidding.

    But I am curious to see the real numbers and hear the real independent reviews.

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