Why We Need Electric Cars

Electric cars promise to bring about a transportation transformation whose time has come.

electric cars - Ford Escape hybrid
A Ford Escape Hybrid converted to a plug-in hybrid.
electric cars - EV1
The electric car that almost changed the world, GM’s EV1.
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electric cars - Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid
A Toyota Prius Hybrid converted to a plug-in hybrid.
electric cars - CO2 reductsion US map
The map shows the potential state-by-state C02 reductions the country could achieve if electric and plug-in hybrids replaced gas engines. Even if electric cars were charged by existing utility grids (which mostly use fossil fuels), carbon dioxide emissions would be significantly lower. The national average reduction would be 42 percent. 
Peter Lilienthal/NREL
electric cars - crushed EV1 cars
GM discontinued the EV1 and crushed the existing fleet of cars.
Sony Picture Classics
electric cars - EV1 promotional photos
In the late 1990s, the all-electric EV1 was the most efficient car ever from an American automaker. It was fun, fast and required no gas.
Sony Pictures Classics
electric cars - plug-in hybrid and PV pane
On short trips, plug-in hybrid cars operate almost solely on electricity. And their batteries can be recharged with clean, renewable solar energy.
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