Did you know that some people are now converting their cars themselves to electric with electric car conversion kits ? Makes sense for managing the family budget under tough economic and environmental times!
Amazingly, in the 1890’s, in the USA they outsold gasoline cars by ten to one. Studebaker and Oldsmobile actually started out as electric vehicle makers.
based on the body of the French-made Renault, built in the 1950’s was the first modern transistor regulated electric vehicle. It had a range of only 40 miles (64km).
In the seventies this electric dream emerged again because of the then oil crisis and some car makers resumed production.
The Tesla electric roadster. Tesla Motors are coming out with an electric vehicle in 2007,
the "Tesla roadster"
, named after enigmatic inventor Nikolas Tesla. Its makers claim it runs at 1US cent per mile and does 135 miles per gallon and one charge allows a 250 mile range.
CHECK OUT the Tesla Roadster on this video:
And then there is a further small range for the more modest driver.
Commuter Cars sell the Tango
It is small in size but not in performance with a 0-60 m/ph in 4 seconds and has an 80 mile range on lead-acid batteries. It charges in 10 minutes to 80% capacity.
There’s also the small and versatile
, giving the GEM a run for its money.
To give you a taste of some exciting possibilities watch this video of Ian Wright now, talking about his new X1 Electric Vehicle with the Discovery Channel.
0-60 in 3 seconds!
Are electric cars not just shifting the question of greenhouse gas emission?
That is a very good question. I knew you were going to ask it.
Yes, the electricity needed to charge one still mostly comes from fossil fuel powerplants.
But these days there are increased possibilities to choose "green electricity" generated from renewable sources.
The batteries are very expensive to replace. Some calculate this could cost around US $2000 every 20,000 miles or so.
As they say about all technology, these costs may reduce with further development and economies of scale in mass production. We’ll see. Fuel cells may eventually be an answer here.
Do spent batteries pollute the environment, leaking their acid into the ground?
Highly relevant to ask.
Well, its good news. The Electric Vehicle association reports that the Battery Council International (they do not beat up people) that 93% of all battery lead is recycled with new batteries containing 60-80% recycled lead and plastic
No more the ever-present roar of traffic! This baby is near silent.
Just imagine a world without mechanical noises. Cars, Fcgyuj*&653#^%7 lawnmowers, motor bikes and so on…