Are battery-powered Lightning GT prototypes on verge to hit the roads? It seems so. In what could be an awesome boost to green travel, Lightning Car Company has announced that it will participate in a 12-month long “real-life” road test as part of the UK’s Technology Strategy Board Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator competition.
Lightning GT will be tested under the same road and environmental conditions that a normal vehicle goes through daily. As you know, the Lightning Car Company is a British sports car developer, based in Fulham and Peterborough, focused on the development and production of high performance electric sports cars.
Lightning GT is based on an extant internal-combustion vehicle from Ronart Cars and incorporates quick-charging lithium-titanate batteries from Altairnano into a body made from Superform aluminium.
Over the years, GT had undergone several modifications. For instance, the proposed in-wheel motors have been replaced with a rear-drive setup sourced from a German manufacturer. The electric GT can hit 60 miles per hour in five seconds and has a range of more than 100 miles.
Earlier, the company has announced its plans to sell its electric GT sometime in 2010 which didn’t happened. However, this time we can well expect the launch as they have been on road to start the production by 2012.
Despite all these wonderful predictions, the one that causes concern is the hefty price tag. The model is expected to cost £180,000 ($290,628)! It remains to be seen how many will be willing to spend that much for a Lightning GT.