Electric cars promise to bring about a transportation transformation whose time has come.
The electric car that almost changed the world, GM’s EV1.
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A Ford Escape Hybrid converted to a plug-in hybrid.
A Toyota Prius Hybrid converted to a plug-in hybrid.
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.
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.
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GM discontinued the EV1 and crushed the existing fleet of cars.
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On short trips, plug-in hybrid cars operate almost solely on electricity. And their batteries can be recharged with clean, renewable solar energy.