There are more electric cars being brought out all the time, and each new car offers a little bit more in terms of range, top speed and battery power.
The most impressive range on a production family EV will undoubtedly be that offered by the Tesla Model S. The second car to be produced by the Palo Alto startup company Tesla will be available from spring 2012 and will have a maximum range of 300 miles.
This range maximum is dependent on buying the biggest available battery pack to go with the Model S. The base level has a battery pack that will give a range of 160 miles and costs $50,000. Each upgrade in battery will add $10,000 to the cost of the car. There’s an intermediate battery pack which will give a range of 230 miles. The battery packs can be charged in 45 minutes, which is drastically quicker than other EV charging times.
We all try to cut down on the amount of fuel we use, both for the sake of our wallets and the sake of the planet.
It can be hard to do less driving if you’re used to the convenience of jumping in the car, but if you want to cut down on fuel, you need to think about leaving the car at home at least a few times a week.
Everyone has heard of hybrids these days, but although some people have gone out and bought them, others still don’t know enough about them to judge if they’re a good buy or not.
So, how does a hybrid work
and how does this make it environmentally friendly? Put simply, the hybrid car uses two sources of power, instead of just the conventional petrol or diesel engine. The hybrid powertrain includes a small internal combustion engine that is assisted by an electric motor. The electric motor is powered by its own battery – increasingly a lithium-ion one as they are lighter and smaller than the batteries made of metal-nickel-hydride, so they reduce the weight of the car (and the energy required to propel it).
If the latest new car sales data for the UK are to be believed, then environmentally friendly vehicle options are beginning to make real inroads into the market.
At the moment
, the sales remain relatively trifling in percentage terms, but they’re still at record levels – which begs the question; if they can do well in such economically depressing times when consumers are generally feeling so cash-strapped, then what will they be like in the good times?