This must have a been a while back but a lot of technological improvements have been made in automobile technology since the time you talk about.
Take the latest Model S of Electric car manufacturer Tesla for example. At 539 kilometres on a single charge, it is currently the world's longest range electric car in production. This is because of the 100D battery pack in the car which gives the car an additional mileage of 32 kilometres. Additionally, the Model S also has a top speed of 250km/hr and goes from 0-100km/hr in 4.2 seconds.And did I say it looks gorgeous.