does someone know more about this kind of cars... i heard the idea recently and i am curious :)
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
You mean "Electric car" right? In other words "Battery operated". In reality Electric cars have been around longer than gas powered cars. When automobiles first started being sold in America the majority of cars on the road were Electric. Back in the 1900s. People wanted a car where they didn't get gassed out and where it was safer. Gas powered cars at the time had the engine underneath the drivers seat and it wasn't uncommon to hear of the engine exploding and causing injury to the vehicles occupants.
Electric cars were produced for LEASE only in the United States as the "EV1" built by General Motors. Toyota also offered an electric car for LEASE only. After which no more were made back in the Mid to Late 1990's.
It is still possible to get an electric car now days. There are small firms across the country who will take an ordinary car like a Ford Ranger and convert it into an electric vehicle by removing the gas engine and installing an electric motor in it's place. The battery pack would go on the back of the truck. They would have a "Range" of about 60 miles. They can go as fast as 80 mph. Included is an Air conditioner and a heater but if you use them the Range of the car goes down significantly.
- turkeyLv 61 decade ago
Personally i don't think that electric cars would be all that great for the environment. How can you say this you ask? Think about it. How do you recharge the batteries? Plug it in of coarse! But just were does that electricity come from? Probably a coal or nuclear power plant. And what about when the batteries are shot. They can't be good for the environment either. Seem like all that is going on is replacing one form of pollution with an other.
- 1 decade ago
Yes they are actually called "electric cars" but they are making advances very well. They have the range of a regular car, and they don't need transmission either. Plus some engines are small enough to fit in the wheel itself, leaving the rest of the car for whatever you want. One of the newest is the "tesla roadster"
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ther are two kinds gas elctric hybrid and pur electric cars. the hybrid runs on the electric motor at low speeds and the gas at higher speeds and when more power is needed(hills etc.). the electric runs strictly off from batteries(the electric soursce). they are limited to how far they can travel and there are few spots to recharge the batteries.as well the batteries are quite expensive.on the hybrid the batteries get reharged during braking.
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- dusterLv 61 decade ago
electric cars so far, travel about 50 miles between battery charges
Any heating systems would be electric, lead acid batteries are expensive.
Only good feature is they dot use gasoline
- DeanoLv 71 decade ago
Good for city driving, fairly reliable, not too good for any type of highway driving as can't go fast enough and need recharging.