Eco-friendly technologies gain more and more ground
An alternative to expensive and polluting gasoline is the electric car. The technology has been available for years, but an economy that thinks only in gasoline terms needs a few years to adjust. The adjustment was cut short though, by higher prices for gasoline than ever. The reasons for using alternative sources of power have started to unfold one by one.
One problem about buying an electric car seems to be the price. 2011 announces high prices for electric cars in comparison with cars based on internal combustion engines and hybrid electric vehicles. That cost is due to the lithium-ion battery most needed if you want to own an electric car. Though governments are trying to stimulate the market there are still a few problems that need solving. A significant problem is the inexistent recharging infrastructure.
One of the most common electric cars available on the market and at the beginning of the evolutionary chain is Dynasty iT. This is a town car, made from aluminum and fiberglass body and stores electricity in its six Ev-31 lead acid batteries with a charging time of maximum 12 hours. It's a small price to pay for the environment: the price ranges between $14,000 and $25,000.
Another good example is the Miles ZX40. This car is a four door minivan style car, equipped with a DC electric motor that is pretty powerful, reaching up to 26 kW. This time, the batteries used are still lead acid batteries, but they're glass mat. Moreover, the car comes with a 41 cubic feet available transportation space. The price is good: between $14,900 and $18,900.
Some people think that the so call 'earth's favorite car' is ZENN, another zero emission NEV. This car has a lot of interesting features that provide it the possibility to recapture energy and use it to recharge the batteries. An example would be the four wheel discs with regenerative braking. The ZENN offers 13 cubic feet of transportation space and you can buy it for $14,700 or $15,575.
Some of the models that 2011 brings on the market are the Mitsubishi I MiEV, the TH!nk City or Tesla Roadster. Each one of them are able to face a highway drive. The speeds and the autonomy are nice numbers to read. For example Tesla Model S, which will be released in 2012, can go as fast as 193 km/h or 120mph and will be good to go without recharging for more than 483 km or 300 miles.
Electric cars are definitely a must have of the future if we want to have a healthy and safe planet for our children. So it's time to make more for the environment and this is one of the solutions we have at hand. Engineers promise newer and better approaches when it comes to the technology and they will end up convincing you to buy an electric car. You just need to keep an open mind.