10 Most Fascinating Truths about Electric Cars
With the oil prices on rise and the earth getting polluted with carbon emissions, electric cars are the preferred choice nowadays for the vehicle buyers. They are speedy, emission free and environment friendly. In 1970s and 80s, mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles resulted in the lack of interest in electric cars. But the inflation in gas prices in early 2000s have led customers to look for these green vehicles called Electric Cars.
Many automakers Nissan, Mitsubishi and Tesla have made electric cars that are hailed all over the world. Nowadays, Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV are in demand. But a very few of you know that they have some interesting facts about them. Here are some most fascinating truths about electric cars.
Some electric cars are driven by both electricity and petrol engine. For example, Chevrolet Volt utilizes a petrol engine to charge its lithium-ion batteries.
2. Battery Charging
Their batteries take several hours to charge. For example Mitsubishi ‘i’ battery of 110-volt will take roughly 19 hours for a full charge.
They are not manufactured to cover long distances. They can cover upto 40 to 70 miles per charge on average.
4. Expensive Batteries can give more mileage
Using the expensive nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries they can cover upto 373 miles on a single charge. Solectria Sunrise is one such example.
5. Zero Emissions
There are no emissions from electric cars.
6. Lower Costs
Electric cars require lower cost to operate than other cars. They don’t require oil and antifreeze changes.
7. Battery Life
Their batteries can have a life span of upto 10 years.
8. Advanced Safety Systems
Electric cars have advanced safety systems that prevent the car from catching fire during charging.
9. Value Charging at Utility rates
Value Charging powered by Microsoft allows charging of electric cars at utility rates.
10. As Fast as Sports Cars
Electric cars can be as fast as sports cars. Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and can give top speed of 125 mph.
So, save your next generation from air pollution and enjoy healthy driving with electric cars as they are the new sensation of 2011.