Hi. I've been planning to get an electric car around 2010 or after when most manufacturers will have cars out. After some searching I've seen Chevy will have their Volt which can go 40 miles on a charge. Mitsubishi is making one (the Colt) that will go 90 miles on a charge. I'm not sure of the charge times of the two cars but I think they are relatively long. Then I find Lotus teaming with Zap to make a car that goes 350 miles. This Lotus will be 4-6 times more powerful than the former cars also (I'm assuming). Also the Lotus car will be able to charge in 10 minutes. Now here are my questions, How does the Lotus car get such a big difference? I'm imagining that Lotus has better engineers? Maybe they're engineering systems on the car that will charge the battery on deceleration (like Prius cars do) and then another system that "supercharges" the car during acceleration? By supercharging I mean giving it extra power to accelerate, like superchargers do on petrol cars. If I remember my electromagnetism correctly, could they be doing something like wrapping the axles with coiled wire and magnetizing the axles? Doing this, as you accelerate the axles turn faster and faster creating bigger and bigger current. The increasing current could produce and increasing magnetic force that can help propel the vehicle. Then when the driver releases the "throttle" the vehicle switches this system to a charging system to charge the battery. I'm curious to figure this stuff out so maybe it'll be possible to buy an electric Colt, for example, and outfit it with a "supercharging" system.