Outside of Tesla Motors, are there any 100% electric cars in the pipeline for production?
- apeweekLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Electric vehicles are available - they are just a little hard to find. But this is an exciting time for electric cars. Don't listen to the naysayers here - most peoples' impressions of this technology is based on 30-year-old electric cars. Technology does not stand still! Take a look at what some modern electric cars look like:
The ZAP-X has a 350-mile range, a top speed of 155 mph, puts out 644 horsepower, charges in 10 minutes, and has a battery pack that should last the life of the car (better than 250,000 miles.) The Phoenix uses the same Altairnano Nanosafe li-ion batteries, and is a real car - being built right now for fleet use. Ditto the Tesla electric sports car, which is also on the market right now. Prices for hand-built cars are $60,000 for the ZAP-X, $45,000 for the Phoenix. These prices could fall a lot when mass-production becomes feasible.
But you don't even have to spend lots of money if you want to try out an electric car. Freeway-capable EV conversions (normal cars converted to electric) can be found for as little as $5000. Link:
This is the kind of electric car I drive. What's the appeal of driving electric? Electricity to drive my EV only costs me only about a penny per mile! Also, EVs pollute MUCH LESS than any other car, no matter what power plants burn, thanks to their extremely high energy efficiencies.
Or for only about $1000, put up a solar panel - and drive for free - with no emissions at all. More info in that above link, and below.
---Source(s): A collection of well-to-wheel environmental studies showing electric cars pollute much less over their lifetimes: http://sherryboschert.com/Downloads/Emissions%5B9%... -- Document from Dept of Environmental Quality showing that Li-Ion batteries are not considered hazardous waste: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wmc/pubs/factsheets/hw/...
- NLBNLBLv 61 decade ago
Why would you want to do that ???
Most of the electricity is produced from coal power plants and the conversion chain leads to an efficiency under 32% at the power plug. Use it in an electric car and with the batteries and the motor, you are adding around a 90 % factor of efficiency. So you are already under 27% efficiency.
Diesel motors which are an old technology and can realy easily drive on biofuels with less efforts to refine have an efficiency of over 43%
So WHERE IS THE INTEREST FOR THE ELECTRIC CAR ???Source(s): Sorry, I am sustainability consultant, MSc in Energy and when I see something the right wing will try to attack us for beeing an inefficient solution, then I try to avoid it.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Gm made one the EVA 1(i think that's what it was called). There have been too many problems with such vehicles and the longevity of the batteries.
Advances have been made and there are some new hybrids coming out that run on electric only around town and for short trips, but have the gas motor as well.
There will be more coming available. With gas prices so high there will be interest in such.
- 1 decade ago
There are certainly discussions, but I'm not aware of anyone making firm plans yet. I think it may depend somewhat on the new ZEV mandates from CARB (California Air Resources Board). If they agree to start counting Battery Electric Vehicles ("BEVs") as zero-emission vehicles, then we may see some start showing up in the plans - if not, many of the auto-makers will be forced to spend their money developing things that will get them the required ZEV credits.
Although the Battery EV's currently get most of their energy from coal power plants, we always have the option of cleaning up the country's power plant (converting to clean power) system. The vehicle doesn't care whether we recharge it with coal power or solar power.
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- 1 decade ago
Electric cars can pose a greater threat than normal cars the reason being is that we currently use coal to produce electricity in the USA..........burning coal produces methane....methane in the atmosphere will cause the earth to warm faster than CO2....So for these cars to be useful they have to be fueled by renewable energy such as solar or wind.
- 1 decade ago
GM is coming out with the Chevy Volt sometime in the hopefully near future.
Take a look at
- Drive PZEV!Lv 51 decade ago