We always think about electric cars as something new, but 100 years ago was "the first golden age" of electric car.
- 38% of all cars (40% steam cars, 22% gasoline)
- stigmatized as “women’s cars”, some had fake radiators to pretend they had an engine
- invention of electric starter and muffler solved cranking and noise problems
- mass production and related low price of gas-powered vehicles resulted in dramatic decline in EV production
- EVs (all electric vehicles) have no tailpipe, no direct emissions or pollution
- EV converts ~60% of electrical energy to effective wheel power; internal combustion engine converts only ~19% of energy stored in gasoline
- Even in Alberta with our dirty grid electricity, there is less direct and indirect pollution from driving an electric car than from driving internal combustion car!
- Equivalent of 2l/100km or 118mpg
- Electric car owners are more likely to invest in green electricity
- Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation, stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than ICEs
- Acceleration like a sports car
- It typically takes 8-10 years of gasoline and maintenance cost for an average car to pay for Nissan Leaf EV including the 8-10 years worth of electricity to run it!
- Recovers over 90% of kinetic energy with regenerative braking
- 3 times more efficient energy conversion with electric motor
- You know what energy is going to cost you, how many times your electricity bill went up because of the long weekend?
A study out of B.C. found that electric vehicles would save fleet operators an average of $16,000 per car compared to the vehicle they'd be replacing over a service life of seven years.
- Most can go about 120-160km on a single charge, some can go as far as 450km
- Check this out: http://www.plugshare.com/
- 4-8 hours for typical car, Tesla and BMW can recharge 80% in 30 min. and electricity is free from Tesla charging stations
- Electric cars are more expensive mostly due to low volume production and high battery cost
2014 was the amazing year for the electric cars
The Tecnobus Gulliver buses can carry up to 20 passengers and run on $3.25 worth of electricity per day.
Munaf checked some of the available electric vehicles last week in Toronto
I'm obsessed! No compromise on the craftsmanship or drive. Amazing BMW handling. It actually drives like my M5!
Still takes the lead in my books in every way possible. Fell in love all over again...