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Electric car does 0 to 100kph in 2.8 seconds






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A new electric car from Tesla Motors can go from 0 to 100kph in just 2.8 seconds. An older model could already get from 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds. An upgrade called Ludicrous Mode will take the horsepower up to 762 and give it the extra power to get to 100kph in less than three seconds. That kind of power means the car can accelerate at a force of 1.1G. This gives the driver the feeling that he or she is going faster than the speed of falling.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the improved acceleration came after engineers worked on a new power train. This is the system that powers the wheels. The engineers increased the battery power by ten per cent, making the car faster. Tesla said a gasoline internal combustion engine has hundreds of moving parts, but Tesla cars have just one - the rotor. This makes acceleration "instantaneous, silent and smooth". The new Tesla costs $87,500.

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