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The Bluebird electric car may be a harbinger of improved performance for alternative fuel vehicles. Breaking U.K. land-speed records for electric vehicles last year (reaching 128 miles per hour), the Bluebird bodes well for attaining the performance standards of power, efficiency, and environmental friendliness required of a successful commercial electric vehicle, its proponents believe. The speed tests wore performed on the beach at Pendine Sands, South Wales, so the vehicle's performance will likely be much better on hard surfaces. The Bluebird could even make a run at the international electric-vehicle land-speed record of 245 mph. "We think there is a market out there for electrically driven vehicles such as vans and sports cars," says Martin Rees, director of the Bluebird development project.

Source: Bluebird Electric Project, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Pendine, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA31 3UA, United Kingdom. Web site

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Title Annotation:the Bluebird reaches 128 miles per hour
Publication:The Futurist
Article Type:Evaluation
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:Mar 1, 2001
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