A pair of keen environmentalists, who locked themselves in a shed for 12 years promising not to come out until they had developed a long range electric car, have finally unveiled their adapted 1979 Mini-Metro.
“The exciting thing about this car is that the range is pretty much infinite” John Goody, one of the pair explained. “The only thing that restricts the distance is your imagination, and the length of the extension cable you use.
“Current estimates suggest a standard domestic extension lead will allow you to travel up to 50 metres, but some more industrial models will mean you can go as far as 200 metres. That means with as little as 10 of them together, you could get to the local shop.”
Due to the amount of time the pair have spent in solitude developing their idea, having meals passed to them through a cat-flap, they have missed the invention of the high voltage yet compact battery which has enabled cars such as the Renault Zoe to travel over 100 miles in a single charge.
The news came as a bit of a shock to the pair, and despite their extensive work with electricity, their energy for the project seemed to drain quicker than the battery on an iPhone making a voice call.
However their enthusiasm was soon back when asked if they had other green projects in the pipeline. “Since being out of our lab, we have noticed the world is looking for a sustainable energy source” Goody told us. “luckily for the world we’ve developed our technology to run ‘electricity-powered power stations’.”