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USA: 2012 REFUEL electric car and motorcycle race bigger and badder than ever

In what may be the biggest yet assemblage of high powered electric vehicles, the 2012 REFUEL races, in its fourth year, is turning into a powerhouse of an informal electric racing event.

If the electric car stereotype never changes, many think electric vehicle adoption will be slow. The stereotype? That they’re slow, boring, ugly, golf carts, that no MAN in his right mind would ever drive. The REFUEL race, now in its fourth year, is a chance to bring electric cars and motorcyles on a world-class race track, Laguna Seca, for some serious electric fun and racing action. Last weekend’s REFUEL 2012 was perhaps the largest ever assemblage of high powered electric cars and motorcycles in one place. The topmost of these were Brammo’s Empulse RR prototype electric motorcycle, electric race cars from Kleenspeed and Yokohama, and a flotilla of Tesla Model S’s and Tesla Roadsters, as well as BMW ActiveE’s, Nissan Leaf’s, and even a couple Chevy Volts.

In 2009, the first REFUEL event was a few conversion electric cars, a few conversion electric motorcycles, and a few Tesla Roadsters, the only production electric vehicle in its time. Today there are several manufacturers selling high quality electric vehicles, and REFUEL 2012 was dominated by production electric vehicles. That’s how far electric vehicles have come in the last few years.


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