While the US government and invests research money into hydrogen powered cars, the news in green transportation is electric power.
Why all the fuss about running on electric?
Electric Cars: The Early Days…
The EV, or electric vehicle, is absolutely old news. The Scottish inventor Robert Davidson built one in 1837 and by the 1890s electric cars were being sold and made in Europe and the United States.
So, what happened to this environmentally friendly version of the horseless carriage?
The earliest electric cars were clean and quiet, but the cars ran out of energy in the most inconvenient places and they cost you a small fortune to buy. When Henry Ford’s assembly line brought the costs down and reliability up, gas run automobiles ran the electric car off the road. And the rest, as they say, is history. By the Roaring Twenties, transportation on streets and roads was powered by gas
It was only decades later that this world realized that oil had been a limited resource and a high pollution way to get around.
Today, government officials and scientific study has begun looking at ways to improve and revive the previous technology to ensure cars powered by electricity could compete in the open market making use of their gas-fueled cousins.
…And the Electric Car Now
On the road during 2010, the all electric Nissan is
manufactured to run for 100 miles without a recharge.
There are some who question whether the search for electric cars as an alternative to the gas powered automobile was ever serious. Oil companies possess a vested curiosity about keeping consumers addicted to gasoline.
Car makers have no incentive to push a cleaner car that could stay on the highway for decades with minor maintenance. Selling a new car to consumers every few years once the gas guzzler is broken down keeps the automobile industry in running a business. Getting customers back to change repair and oil worn parts in the combustion engine make many dollars for car dealerships and manufacturers.
Now, despite the lack of government and big business in the past, EVs are starting to get noticed. Small companies are popping up with EVs that can get up to speed quickly enough to outpace a Ferrari or perhaps a Porche over a 1/4 mile track. Batteries are also being improved to supply a longer range from charges.
More about electric cars around the Web:
EV World – reviews, Articles and education on EVs, Electric Hybrids, Hybids and EV Scooters will have you up to date on all the latest whether it’s just FYI or a bit of pre-buying research.
How Electric Cars Work – Look under the hood with a clear explanation in the technology behind electric models including photos, related and diagrams resources.
The Top Ten electric vehicles you can buy today (for the most part) – This blogger has a green attitude and plenty of info to share. Reviews the top ten electric cars including the Tesla Roadster, the Chevy Volt, UEV Spyder and more also in comments from other readers.
Tesla Motors – Get the scoop on the Tesla Roadster from the company which makes them…and reserve your personal if you’re in the market for a remarkably quiet, fuel efficient, two passenger sports vehicle.