Looking at a recent Automobile magazine article about electric cars from the automobilemag site (PM for details)
and the beginning comments "As it stands today, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are little more than loss-making goodwill devices" and at...
here is a nice datasheet of a VSR motor, that is almost unbelievable to me:
Model No. HP Peak HP Cont. Peak Torque(NM) Max speed Shaft OD(mm) Weight (kg)
RA215L 24.0 11.3 21.2(28.8) 15,000 1.1(24) 70lbs(32)
It only needs a controller with 4 silicone PWM-devices...