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Tesla claims its Model S is the fastest production car you can buy. A new 100kWh battery powers the S from 0-100km/h in a sizzling 2.7 seconds. Ferrari’s LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder are fractionally quicker but you can’t buy one. Australian owners can order the upgrade but Tesla can’t give a delivery date or cost.
By 2020, one in five cars sold will have to be a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) to meet emissions targets, says the World Energy Council. China, now the world’s largest car market, will need to sell twice as many PEVs as other countries to fill what the WEC describes as the “EV Gap”. Its target for China by 2020 is 5.3 million electric cars.
The first Shelby AC Cobra sports car has fetched $18.1m at auction in the US. Built for Carroll Shelby by Britain’s AC Cars, the two-seater arrived in California minus an engine in February, 1962. Eight hours later, it was ready to roll into the motorsport history books.