Electric Cars: Increasingly More Available and More Appealing to the Public

Switch to an electric vehicle and start saving a massive amount of money on transportation while also reducing your carbon footprint.

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     It costs only $1 for today’s all-electric vehicles to travel the same distance as a similar-sized gasoline car would on a gallon of fuel.
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The following press release was provided Nov. 30, 2012 by Energy.gov. 

10. Did you know that the average American’s daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles? With many electric vehicles having a range of more than 70 miles a charge, they are a reliable and comfortable way for Americans to get from point A to point B. For longer trips, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a back-up internal combustion engine may be a good alternative. Both help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and contribute to a cleaner environment. Watch the Energy 101: Electric Vehicles video to learn more.

9. The electric vehicle market is growing faster than you might realize. More than 7,000 plug-in and all-electric vehicles were sold in October 2012 — making it the highest month of electric car sales to date.

8. Currently there are 13 electric vehicle models on the market, and the number continues to rise. For model years 2013 and 2014, manufacturers are expected to debut at least 18 new plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, including the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV and Fiat 500e — both of which were unveiled this week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

7. Electric vehicles are a highly efficient mode of transportation. Up to 80 percent of the energy in the battery is transferred directly to power the car, compared with only 14-26 percent of the energy from gasoline-powered vehicles.

6. Unlike gasoline-powered vehicles, electric cars emit no tailpipe pollutants when running on electricity — cleaning the air we breathe and helping automakers meet the Obama Administration’s new fuel economy and emissions standards. Read Why Electric Cars Are Cleaner to learn more. 

12/21/2012 8:22:39 PM

Electric power generation is among the dirtiest of heavy industry. Much worse than transportation. Essentially doubling home electric usage would double the carbon footprint and pollution. putting your own solar system would seem great, but I'm not sure the carbon footprint wouldn't negate that also. Eventually we will have to change to the bicycle or something as clean if we are to save our environment.

Atlant Schmidt
12/21/2012 3:09:09 PM

Irving: All electric cars "regenerate" from the car's momentum when you're decelerating or rolling downhill. But when you're traveling at a constant speed, energy must be expended to overcome wind losses, mechanical friction, and tire rolling losses. That energy is lost forever as heat. The Tesla *DID NOT* arrive home with a full battery; it simply had a much larger battery than most electric vehicles so it usually arrived home with a lot of charge stil left.

Atlant Schmidt
12/21/2012 3:06:46 PM

The Volt's electric numbers are worse than I described; I forgot to include inefficiencies in the battery charge/discharge cycle. Taking a measured 77% (on the 120 Volt charger) as the round-trip efficiency, that means my Volt costs me 7.5 cents/mile or worse than the Prius running on gasoline (at 6.8 cents/mile).

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