Jorge Chapa

BRAND NEW ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR: Lightning GT Electric

by , 09/11/07

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The Lightning GT Electric from the Lightning Car Company is about to take the automotive industry by storm (pun intended). Aside from looking like something that came out of the mind of a 1960′s designer, the Lightning offers what every power vehicle purchaser with a green heart wants, lots of power, zero emissions. The stats? 130 miles per hour, zero-to-sixty in 4 seconds, and a battery that recharges in only ten minutes.


According to the company, the electric version of the Lightning will go for up to 250 miles on a single charge. But what I’m sure that you are interested in knowing is how fast it’ll go, it is after all a sports car. The specs mention that the vehicle do up to 130 miles an hour, and will make the 0-60mph run in about 4 seconds.

Like most electric vehicles, the Lightning will have four electric motors, one on each wheel powered by the power stored in its batteries. The lithium-titanate battery technology comes from Altair Nanotechnologies, which claims to have developed a more stable and less toxic high powered battery. It is meant to have a life expectancy of up to 12 years, instead of the usual 3-5 years of most common batteries. But by far, the most impressive claim lies in the recharge time. According to Altair and the Lightning Car Company, the battery will take a whopping 10 minutes to recharge. Bold claims indeed.

While we promise to bring you other methods of transportation that are more sustainable than personal automobiles soon, we have to admit that well, these electric vehicles all look really fantastic. Sometimes, we just can’t help ourselves.

+The Lightning Car Company

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  1. Lightning GT Electric S... November 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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  2. pakman February 17, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Twenty years ago I was talking to a guy in northern British Columbia in Canada. He had specs for a battery that would do the same thing. The range of the car was 350 miles and charged in 10-15 minutes. The motor was central and they had a few different variations of the vehicle. The guy was fire bombed by air so many times and almost beaten to death more than once. The price was affordable for the average family and there was the problem. He was 20 years to early and most likely was either bought out or killed like so many others. I know there are a lot of skeptics but believe what you want. Video does not lie. We should be driving electric now with ranges over a thousand miles on a single charge from solar power if people were allowed to do what they wanted to do and develop alternative fuel and power production methods. I won’t even get started on the onboard hydrogen conversion units that have been silenced by buyouts or other means. Time has come for the electric car and the truth to finally be allowed to come to the surface. 130 mph is governed. It could go way faster by government has a way of putting their thumb on things. Have a nice day

  3. Wester January 16, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Everything is all for the change, electric motors, biodiesel, solar and other alternative fuel. There is no single perfect answer to the problem, change is slow, let it happen, we’re just along for the ride (no pun intended) but it is up to us to make conscious/smart decisions about what we buy, so buy for a better future. I just know i’d take a Tesla Roadster over that f’ed up Jaguar look’en Lighting car any day.

  4. ross December 31, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    sounds very good and if the recharge time is accurate then lomg distance could be possible with this vechile as stop times at stations would be possible, in fitting with real time travelling. There for this would be a car to be useful for day in day out uses. Go with it and it might be the one I end up buying in the near future I hope.

  5. kas October 26, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    This isn’t a new idea, check out http://www.teslamotors.com

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  7. Oliver Leicester September 15, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I agree with Jim Catano, this is a good car which will further the cause of electric transport. Just because in the past, opportunities to go green have been missed – it does not mean the same will be true in the future, now we are better informed about electric transport.

    Regarding the criticism of where you get electricity from: electricity could be generated from hydro electric sources, such as Norway already does and solar panels – and then the energy would be completely green.

    Even using electricity generated from coal, the carbon foot print is much less than the fossil fuels because electrical production methods are still more efficient than fossil fuel extraction and burning methods.

    I am off for a ride on my electric scooter!

  8. The Battery Vehicle Soc... September 13, 2007 at 7:57 am

    [...] All in all, the styling should appeal to those with nostalgia in their hearts.  You can read more at Inhabitat. [...]

  9. Jim Catano September 12, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Onnie complained that this car can “only” do 130 mph. Where in the US can you even come close to driving at that speed without getting locked up if caught? The real kick in the pants…physically and emotionally…for the well-heeled, e-conscious, farfegnugen crowd is in the 0 to 60 in 4 seconds.

    Even if only 50 people buy one, the Lightning will have drawn attention to advancing technology in electric cars. Now we have to continue to improve batteries and get the power plants to run on something cleaner than coal. It will be more economical in the long run to centralize power generation rather than shipping fuels to various distribution spots and burning them as we go.

    The “death of the electric car?” I don’t think so. I just hope no one ever turns on the Lightning’s External Engine Noise Generator. How lame is that? The real fun would be in beating a Ferrari out of the hole and doing it in total silence.

  10. frances September 12, 2007 at 9:48 am

    to orgasmo – consumers can change corporate and special interest behavior, because if corporations/si’s don’t produce or have what people want, they won’t survive. Money talks.

  11. Jimjam September 12, 2007 at 6:31 am

    Actually electric cars are still better than internal combustion ones because the electricity at power plants is much more efficiently generated than the energy generated by an internal combustion engine. For the same distance travelled, the carbon footprint will be smaller. Obviously the battery charging process has to be quite efficient (not generating too much heat) also.

    Electric cars also emit considerably less noise pollution, a feature that should be valued more.

  12. Orgasmo September 12, 2007 at 6:28 am

    As long as there is money in oil and people are in high places who have direct manipulative governmental control to direct their interests in aforementioned petroleum, there will be no sucess in such projects. The technology has been there. I agree with dave and Onnie. We have the technology to solve world hunger, to solve the world’s energy problems, immediately. However, we won’t use it. We are peasants in a world controlled by the few.

    -Orgasmo

  13. J2-Oh September 12, 2007 at 2:36 am

    It looks like an updated version of the shelby cobra to me.

  14. Mark Kenney September 12, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Any and all attempts to showcase electric vehicles as capable & attractive alternatives to ICE transportation are good things. Biodiesel will be part of the solution as peak oil vanishes – but we’d better start growing crops in vertical mode, as we’ll run out of arable land long before something like corn (one of the highly touted biodiesel organics) can supply anywhere near our need for fuel. Corn absolutely destroys cropland, making intensive soil amendments and conditioning a necessity. We must move the public’s mind to the realization that our current forms of family as well as industrial transportation need to change. Mass transit, grid tied electro magnetic highway feeder/distributor systems, electric bicycles, rtransit by water, esearch into more efficient & safe battery/energy storage devices…all part of the solution. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss any alternative that both captures the public’s fancy and does what we want it to do – lessn our dependence on petroleum.

    Nice look on the car, Tesla Motors has nothing on this one….

  15. Onnie September 12, 2007 at 1:22 am

    um, here’s the deal, if it costs as much as a Lambo or Exelero and will only hit half the speed, who cares. It turns into a novelty that even the rich wouldn’t pay for. So, who cares. AND besides, where do you think the electricity is made. Here in the states, last time i checked, its al coal burning steam powered turbines. And nuclear hasnt proved to be get any more pwer out than is put into the process of getting uranium to the reactor. So we all stil have the same carbon footprint more or less.

    Simple answer. Bio-diesel hybrind. We have the technology. Bio-diesel is 25% more energy dense than gas, (and only 5% less than petro-diesel) and can be farmed from algea in that can be grown in Arizona (only using 12% of the land mass we use for food production, most of which is corn, all of which goes to Mexico)

    “Who killed the electric car?” i did, just now.

  16. dave smith September 12, 2007 at 1:18 am

    This electric car will never see the light of day. It’s a smokescreen…they have had technology to run electric cars from the late 1800′s. Watch the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car”. Believe me, this car will be put into the trash bin….

  17. The Revolution Corporation September 12, 2007 at 12:49 am

    Beautiful…

    Awesome…

    £50,000 deposit ??? oY !!!

  18. Peter September 12, 2007 at 12:39 am

    No noise? Why It’ll sonud like a industrial sewing machine it will! ZZZZUUUUzzzzzuuuZZZZZUUUzzzzzzuuuu!!!

  19. simon September 11, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    that does look cool. i wonder if the uk car critics can get over it making no noise

  20. P~ September 11, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Yeah, we really do need to start using more alternative transportation and cut down on the driving we do, but this car is just RAD! Yeah, I said RAD, I’m an 80′s baby alright, deal with it! Very Cool website as well, I jsut wish these types of alternatives were within the reach of the average citizen.
    P~

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