The rocket car

2 August 2011

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–Engineers are drawn to electric cars for two main reasons: They’re fantastic design challenges and (two) they can go really fast.

More than a decade ago, I rode around with EE Greg Hanssen down in Orange County, Calif., as he showed off his EV1. I was stunned at how fast it accelerated. Then, a few weeks back, I got to ride along in the Illuminati 7.

The Chevy Volt has nice acceleration but it’s no EV1. And neither car is a Tesla, which perhaps states the obvious.

Before we began this trip, a reader, Greg Barnett of Rockwell Collins, invited us to stop by Rockwell Collins and tour the facility. A week or so later, he followed up by saying, “It gets more interesting.”

Greg Barnett (L) and Keith Bornbach of Rockwell Collins pose with Keith's Tesla and the Chevy Volt

Turns out, an engineering colleague down the hall, Keith Bornbach, owns a Tesla. Talk about journalistic catnip.

After we toured the Rockwell Collins facility, Keith and Greg and I walked through the parking lot to behold his fire-engine-red Tesla roadster. I was surprised at how small the car is (as you can see from the photo inset).

That’s when Keith said, “Let’s go for a ride.” Twist my arm.



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