Another example that an electric vehicle has not always a sustainable design goal; fun is also one of the properties that go well with driving an EV and speed is almost a guarantee for fun for most people.
A speed record of 500 mph on 2012? That leaves the Leaf far behind it at the traffic lights (though parking a Leaf in town will be easier)
Electric Bluebird to attempt land speed record in 2011 | Electric Vehicle News
Eventually, says Mr Wales, he hopes to go even faster. He plans to attempt a new world land speed record for an electric car with his sights set on 500mph in 2012, and is currently evaluating several design options.