Zytek better than Tesla?
I didn't realize this but a British company, Zytek, made an all-electric Elise long before Tesla ever did - over a decade earlier (produced 1998 to 2003)... Using technology of the day, 25 NiCd-based batteries produced 200HP, and had a range of up to 120 miles. It could be charged in under an hour! In addition, it weighed under 2000lbs, and did 0-90 in just over 11 seconds (quicker than the Lotus Elise of the time).
In some respects the Tesla is better, but they've got 15 years of technology improvements. However, the quick recharge time, the low weight (not a lardy 2800lbs) and the adequate range (what's 120 miles vs Tesla's 250 miles? Really it's only commute-distance anyway since it takes 4 hours to charge on a 240V supply), makes this a pretty good deal.
Oh yeah, and it cost about the same as a regular Elise (not a 100% Tesla mark-up!).
I don't believe Time magazine gave Tesla a "best invention" award (twice), considering - at best - they "improved" on a concept that was identical
to theirs! The cleverest thing is really the battery system, and that's using off-the-shelf Li-ion batteries (standard 18650 form factor no less) wired in a huge series/parallel circuit with some clever monitoring to ensure even discharge/charge cycles.
Yes, Tesla did improve on many things (with some major drawbacks like weight), but it's definitely not as innovative as hyped...
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