We recently got the following query from reader Felipe about electric vehicles (EVs) and we thought the answer would be of interest to many readers who are considering purchasing or leasing one of the upcoming crop of plug-in vehicles:
A United States Senate bill that would provide a further $3.6 billion in funding for plug-in vehicles has made it past the first of many hurdles toward passage. The Senate Energy Committee approved the legislation, put forward by Senator Byron Dorgan, (D-ND) that would create so-called deployment communities around the country and subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) and the installation of infrastructure.
We're only months away from seeing the first high-volume modern electric cars go on sale, but most analysts and industry officials expect these to only account for a very small percentage of the overall market in the next decade. The problem remains high cost and limited range for batteries. While engineers across the globe work on these issues, there's no question that the efforts to maximize the range of electric cars are leading to improvements in the efficiency of both hybrid and conventiona
The state of Washington is hoping to turn the interstate 5 corridor that runs from Canadian border to Oregon into the nation's first electric highway. With the help of a $1.32 million federal grant, Washington hopes to install between seven and 10 so-called Level 3 electric vehicle charging stations along the main north-south road. Level 3 stations charge at 400 volts and 30 amps or more. Such stations can charge a typical EV battery to 80 percent full in under 30 minutes.
Did you know that it took the washing machine nearly 45 years to go from inception to being a part of 70 percent of the homes in the U.S.? No, well don't feel bad because neither did we. As it turns out, washing machines had a ten percent adoption rate back in 1930 and did not break 70 percent until 1975. The same can't be said for cell phones, which saw a explosion in use in just ten short years. Different devices have different adoption rates, so what in the world does this have to do with el
An executive shuffle in the Volkswagen Group sees Dr. Rudolf Krebs take over as the Group Chief Officer for Electric Traction. Dr. Krebs takes over the job from Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, who is headed to China to take over all of VW's operations there. Krebs has his work cut out for him in Europe, as Volkswagen has recently announced a very aggressive program for rolling out a range of electric and hybrid vehicles by 2013.
As much as plug-in advocates would like to believe otherwise, mass adoption of battery electric vehicles (EVs) will not be the silver bullet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EVs are only one piece of the puzzle. In fact, cars of all kinds only represent 20-25 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Thus, even if we electrify the entire vehicle fleet, it won't come close to addressing the full scope of the greenhouse gas reductions that are needed.