Electric Vehicles Shaping Our Future

By: Brandon
Electric Cars are becoming more and more popular. The Electric Auto Association reported that around 10,000 electric cars were on the road in 2006. This article describes some of the interesting facts about hybrid vehicles, which will most likely be the future of our cars. Telsa Motors has been designing electric vehicles. They focus on high performance roadsters, and it sold hundreds in the first few months. They are powered by Lithium-Ion battery packs. The Telsa Roadster can accelerate 0-60 mph in 4 seconds, and travel up to 250 miles. Hybrids were meant to mean a mix of national origins; a European car fitted with American components.

The electric motors are said to have 90% conversion efficiency over the full range of outputs that can be carefully controlled. It is also said that it takes 1/3 the cost of powering your vehicle using electricity compared to gasoline. Electric cars have been around since 1834. According to Fueleconomy.gov, the 2007 Toyota Prius is the most eco-friendly. It can do an average of 55 miles per gallon, and costs only around $600 per year for fuel. Most hybrids use regenerative breaking, which acts as a generator by storing energy otherwise wasted when breaking, and stores that energy in a battery for later use. At low speeds, the electric motor is used exclusively (this is where internal combustion engines are least efficient. Hybrids automatically turn off when they are at a stop, and then when the accelerator is pressed, they start up again, so that they car is never idlingScience Articles, saving gas.

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