Lighting Will Strike

Lightning Car Company of the UK is taking nanostructured lithium titanate batteries and wrapping them in a stunning cocoon of carbon fibre and aluminum. “The Lightning is over 80% British, we would suggest it is THE most home created, designed and built car in the UK. Only the battery cells are from outside the Uk, even their packs are created and built in the midlands.”


Nanostructured lithium-titanate cell technology produces extremely fast charge and discharge rates – with more than 16,000 charge/discharge cycles (compared to 1,000 cycles with Li-ion).


“The Lithium Titanate batteries enable the Lightning to accept an ultra fast charge in as little as 10 minutes from a 250 kw off board supply. The current maximum available is 50 kw enabling a zero to full charge in under an hour and an ‘on the road’ top up in under 30 minutes.”


By using nanostructured lithium-titanate materials as the negative electrode material instead of highly reactive graphite, the battery system has significantly greater thermal stability than other lithium-ion batteries. Read more at Altairnano, the Reno, USA-based supplier of Lightning’s battery cells.


When will the Lightning strike? The British electric vehicle is currently undergoing testing and evaluation, with production planned for the end of 2015. It’s a supercar with expensive battery technology. If you can afford $300,000+ for a vehicle with a top speed of 130mph and a 150 mile range, this might be the EV for you.


Lightning describes the car as “imperious” – the tone of their website reflects that attitude in general.


ABOUT The Road Electric