Commander-in-chief Joe Biden had to wave goodbye to driving his beloved 1967 Corvette Stingray when he took the helm of the Oval Office since one of the secret service rules is that presidents don’t drive.

“I’ve always loved to drive,” Biden told Jay Leno in an interview. “I love speed.”

The son of Joseph used sales manager in a large Chevrolet dealership in Wilmington, Delaware, the young Biden Junior began driving muscle cars to school proms and the university premises in the late 1950s despite the absurd restrictions. The campus rules did not allow students to “own” cars at the time but Joe overcame the problem by using “rented” cars that were managed by the company where his father worked.

Growing up in an environment where hot-rods were not only a daily topic in the home, in 1967 Biden received as a wedding gift from his dad – an awesome Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, four-speed with a 327 V8 engine and goes 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.

1967 Corvette

The Chevy Stingray cost $5,600 back in the late ’60s (current value $78,000) and has always been in the name of Joe Biden –  a true lover of fine cars and electric vehicles.

Indeed, the automotive world has welcomed Biden’s victory with favor and enthusiasm. Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said that “the democratic program is more in line with our global strategy to combat climate change through electrification.”

One campaign promise has been to support the renewal of the automotive fleet with half a million charging points by 2030, the full return of the $7,500 tax credit (abolished under Trump) for electric cars and a commitment to stricter rules to protect the environment and encourage the market for electric models.

 “I believe we can own the 21st-century market again by moving to electric vehicles,” said Biden. “They tell me that they’re making an electric corvette that can go 200 mph.”

When it comes to cars, Biden has champagne tastes. The Genovation’s 200+mph Corvette –Based GXE costs $750,000.

Biden loves electric supercars

“We’re proud of being the first pure-electric to top 200 and later 210 mph” Andrew Saul, CEO of Genovation Cars in a media press release. “In 2016 we achieved a Guinness World Record by accelerating from rest to 189.48 mph in one mile.”

Silent and Smooth

The Genovation GXE is a unique creation – an electrified Corvette, powered by two electric motors making a combined output of 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.

Genovation is offering both a seven-speed manual and a dual-clutch automatic, while proving that the electric Corvette can sprint from 0-60 mph in under three seconds before maxing out at 220 mph.

Key features:

  • 60 kWh electric motor providing an estimated range of 175 miles
  • 10 kW onboard charger that can charge the car from flat to full in seven hours
  • Two-motor electric drive system
  • Can withstand about 20 minutes of hard track driving before heat start to impact power
  • Carbon fiber wheels and carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser.

GXE production is set to begin at the end of next year. Saul hopes the world’s fastest and best-handling electric car will motivate wealthy car enthusiasts to dive into their wallets.

While the general population cannot still afford luxury cars, the infrastructure of sustainable and green energy solutions is finding mass appeal and is politically appetizing.

Electric car fast charging station at indoor underground parking. Power supply point network for hybrid electric car charging battery. Eco green energy.

Charge me up info from the Ministry of Transportation

Your Electric Vehicle (EV) can be plugged right into a standard outlet to charge, also known as Level 1 (110V, 15amps) charging.  Level 1 charging adds about 8 kilometers of range per hour, and for owners of plug-in hybrid electric cars this is usually enough.

Level 2 charging, common in both private households and in public places, use a 240-volt system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and adds 30-50 kilometers of range per hour.

Level 3 charging stations (also known as Direct Current Fast Chargers or DCFC) use a 480-volt system and can add more than 100 kilometres of range per hour. These stations make longer trips feasible for EV drivers.

Travel distance per charge

New fully electric cars can typically travel at least 200 kilometres on a single charge. Some plug-in hybrid electric cars can travel 40-80 kilometres on electric, with an additional 500-900 kilometres of gas range. The distance an EV can travel depends on:

  • the vehicle technology (battery electric or plug-in hybrid)
  • battery size
  • weight carried
  • temperature
  • accessories in use
  • an individual’s driving style

EVs do not run out of charge unexpectedly. As with gasoline-powered vehicles, the dashboard display will indicate your level of charge so you can plan your trips accordingly.

New generation electric car and legend driver on the way. Future of New York City streets.

Cost of Charging

On average a typical battery EV will cost less than $530 per year, or about $1.45 per day to charge at night.

A typical plug-in hybrid EV will cost about $700 per year, or $1.92 per day for fuel (including gasoline and electricity costs).

Comparable gasoline cars can cost about $2,500 per year to fuel – up to eight times more money spent each day.

Source link: Ontario Ministry of Transportation  October 02, 2020

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Vincent Towerpast

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