Students working at Istanbul University have designed a sporty electric car that can travel 1,500 miles (2,500KM) using just $17 in electricity. A petrol-based car would need 26 times that much money for such a trip in Turkey.

On a six city tour last week, the students were able to travel 500km (310 miles) in their “T-1” on just a four-hour charge.

The lightweight car (1100 pounds/500 kilos) is no slowpoke. Engineering student Engin Topaloğlu told the Hurriyet Daily News the car can reach a speed of 80 mph (130 kph).

(READ the Hurriyet Daily News story via Good Morning Turkey)

Highway at night photo by Tambako The Jaguar, via CC license

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