Will most new cars fill up like this by 2032?
Given that he launched the Tesla Model S earlier this week, it makes sense that Tesla founder Elon Musk would be in high spirits. So high, in fact, that he has said today that within 20 years, the majority of new cars sold will run entirely off of electric batteries.
Before Electric Blue sped across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats at 280 kilometres an hour late last year, no one had made an official attempt to set a speed record for battery-powered racecars weighing less than 500 kilograms. Other groups have been racing on the Salt Flats for years in electric cars with heavier batteries and larger motors. But Perry Carter, a professor of manufacturing engineering technology at Brigham Young University, wanted a car that could hit high speeds without so much weight.