While the US
government and invests research money into hydrogen powered cars,
the news in green transportation is electric power.
But why all
the fuss about running on electric?
Cars: The Early Days...
The EV, or electric
vehicle, is really old news. The Scottish inventor Robert
Davidson built one in 1837 and by the 1890s electric cars were
being made and sold in Europe and the United States.
So what happened
to this environmentally friendly version of the horseless carriage?
electric cars were clean and quiet, but the cars ran out of
energy in the most inconvenient places and they cost 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 the world realized that oil was a limited resource
and a high pollution way to get around.
officials and researchers have begun looking at ways to revive and
improve the old technology so that cars powered by electricity could
compete in the open market with their gas-fueled cousins.
Electric Car Now
road in 2010, the all electric Nissan is
built 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 have
a vested interest in keeping consumers addicted to gasoline.
makers have no incentive to push a cleaner car that can stay on the road for decades
with minor maintenance. Selling a new car to consumers every few years when the
gas guzzler is worn out keeps the car industry in business. Getting customers
back to change oil and repair worn parts in the combustion engine make many dollars
for car manufacturers and dealerships.
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 a Porche
on a 1/4 mile track. Batteries are also being improved to provide a longer
range between charges.
electric cars around the Web:
- Articles, reviews 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.
Electric Cars Work - Look under the hood with a clear explanation
on the technology behind electric models including photos, diagrams
and related resources.
Motors - Get the scoop on the Tesla Roadster from the company that makes
them...and reserve your own if you're in the market for an incredibly quiet, fuel
efficient, two passenger sports car.