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Avanti Tomorrow

Anthony Gordon Bennett (President and CEO of Avanti Motors) fell in love with the Avanti when he was in high school and later drove the GM EV-1 prototype in 1990 when he was a Special Assistant working on electric vehicle policy for the George H. W. Bush Administration. His vision today is to re-awaken the Avanti as an all-electric, hand-built, Made-in-America luxury car.“The Avanti is one of the most beautiful cars ever designed. And the electric motor is one of the most exciting inventions ever created. They both represent the future. So, we’re putting them together. Sort of like the Blue Brothers getting the band back together.”

Tony and his 1971 Avanti II.
Tony’s all-electric proof of concept 1993 Jeep.

ELECTRIC CAR – BENEFITS

  • use no gas (44% of gas is imported – US DOE)
  • use electricity (100% Made in the USA)
  • are easy to maintain (have no engines, radiators, gas tanks, exhaust pipes, etc.)
  • have federal incentives
  • have state incentives
  • have local incentives (priority parking, etc.)
  • create no pollution
  • cost much less per mile to drive than using gas
  • are ultra quiet
  • have rapid acceleration

ELECTRIC CAR – HISTORY

  • 1660 – Static electricity machine invented
  • 1747 – Electric circuit invented
  • 1800 – Alesandro Volta invented copper-zinc batteries
  • 1821 – Electric motor invented (Faraday – British)(many others worked on this as well)   
  • 1859 – Oil discovered
  • 1859 – Lead acid batteries invented
  • 1886 – Gas powered car invented (Karl Benz received first patent)
  • 1890 – First electric car invented (Morrison – US)
  • 1900 – Ferdinand Porsche introduced his all-electric car at the Paris World’s Fair
  • 1900 – New York City garages provided electric car recharging services
  • 1903 – Henry Ford’s wife refused to drive a sooty internal combustion engine car and instead continued to drive her electric car
  • 1910 – Gas was less than $0.25 a gallon, gas cars had a longer range than electric cars,
    America began to switch to gas
  • 1970 – We realized how much gas cars pollute, first Earth Day, EPA founded

First electric car
Jay Leno drives the first electric car.
  • 1973 – We realized how problematic gas supplies can be
  • 1980 – Lithium Ion batteries invented
  • 1996 – GM introduced the EV-1
  • 2007 – Gas hit $3.00 per gallon
  • 2008 – Gas hit $4.00 per gallon
  • 2008 – We saw resurgence in demand for electric cars
  • 2008 – Tesla introduced the Tesla Roadster
  • 2017 – Solid state batteries invented
  • 2021 – The all-electric Avanti hits the market

ELECTRIC CAR – OPERATIONS 

Driving

The driver drives the car as a traditional car.

Drivetrain

The charger sends electricity to the battery pack where it is stored. The accelerator pedal tells the motor controller the amount of power to send from the battery to the motor. The high efficiency electric motor powers the wheels.

Battery Charging

In the US, electric outlets are everywhere. The driver plugs the car into any outlet (110 or 220). No more trips to the gas station.

– Home:    After returning home, the driver charges the car overnight and it is ready to use the next day.  Americans have become used to charging their cell phones and lap-top computers overnight. 

Work/shopping: More and more retailers and offices are creating electric car preferred parking spaces with charging outlets. There are over 48,000 charging stations in the US (US DOE 2018).

– Travel: A national network of “fast charge” charging stations to allow long-distance travel is in development (Tesla, Charge Point, etc.). 

– Emergency:   AAA will tow any electric car out of juice to a charging station using a flatbed trailer. 

Maintenance

No scheduled maintenance (other than tires and windshield wipers).

Range  

The driving range depends on the number of batteries installed. The Prius’ electric range is approximately 30 miles, Tesla’s is over 200, and the Avanti’s will be over 200 miles. 

Consumers need not have “range anxiety.” The US DOT National Household Travel Survey shows that drivers typically travel only short distances by car: 

  • 95% of single trip journeys are under 30 miles (work, shopping, social, school); 
  • the average trip is 6 miles;  
  • the average commute is13.6 miles.   

Infrequent longer trips, such as a vacation, usually are made by plane or the family’s gas-powered second car (SUV or mini-van). And, 57% of families have a second car. 

For an electric car: Short trip, return home, plug in. Repeat.  

Acceleration

Car

Dodge Caravan

Ferrari

Ford GT

Tesla Model S

Acceleration (0-60 mph)

10.1 seconds

 3.0

2.9

2.3