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An Aussie's Life with An Electric Car

Mark Irving shares his daily experiences driving a converted electric car.

Published: 03-Jan-2012

I'm setting off along West Coast Highway and all I can hear is the tyre roll and the hum of the air-conditioner. Except when I put my foot down and the response is a tiny whine, like a jet aircraft from a distance ... or a dentist's drill up close.

But the result is remarkable - similar to the kick you get when you floor the pedal in a turbo-diesel BMW.

And probably a bit like the Tesla Roadster - the all-electric sports car that does zero to 100km/h in less than four seconds.

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