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Anonymous asked in EnvironmentAlternative Fuel Vehicles · 1 decade ago

What are some examples of new electric vehicles?

How do these new electric vehicles work? What materials are used to produce power for these vehicles?

Update:

Not toy cars, actual road vehicals.

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  • nerfer
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    1 decade ago
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    Not sure what the 'harford' is, didn't find a good Google link on that.

    Electric vehicles generally use battery power, charged overnight from the wall outlet. Some can be pure solar, with no or little batteries, but these are specialized test cars, not practical for commuting. There's the Tata air-car, which uses compressed air. Since this is compressed using electricity, it could be called an electric car, but doesn't use batteries and uses mechanical force to drive the wheels, not electrical power.

    Since all cars will be getting smaller and lighter for better fuel economy, the disadvantage of a small car in a crash will be easy to overcome with smart engineering, not to mention safer for pedestrians in an accident. Most electric cars have a very low center of gravity due to their batteries (SUVs are unsafe due to high level of fatalities in a roll-over).

    At this time, most electric vehicles are 3-wheels (don't need expensive testing for federal mandates since they register as motorcycles) or NEV (neighborhood electric vehicle, limited to low-speed roads). Only big auto manufacturers have the resources to produce a low-cost highway-speed 4-wheeled vehicle.

    Okay, list of new electric vehicles (not counting the Volt, which is a series hybrid) coming out soon:

    Aptera: http://www.aptera.com/

    Tesla: http://www.teslamotors.com/

    Triac: http://www.greenvehicles.com/

    Tango: http://www.commutercars.com/

    Chrysler options: https://www.chryslerllc.com/en/innovation/envi/ove...

    Mitsubishi iMiev: http://www.evworld.com/article.cfm?storyid=1473

    Existing electric vehicles:

    NMG (sparrow): http://myersmotors.com/

    Zap Xebra: http://www.zapworld.com/

    GEM: http://www.gemcar.com/

    ZENN: http://www.zenncars.com/

    Source(s): I learned of most of these by following http://www.evworld.com/
  • 1 decade ago

    Chevy Volt, due out in 2010. You can see the details on Chevy's website.

    The first ever electric vehicle made from a major auto manufacturer was the GM made EV1. This car used Ni-MH batteries and had a range of approximately 160 miles. It was a failure primarily due to the high cost to manufacture, the limited range, high charging time, and liability issues. GM could not justify selling a car that ran on electricity when gas was still super cheap, had poor acceleration, poor crash ratings, and was quite simply, small. Especially when people were snapping up SUV's and trucks because it still only cost them $25 to fill up.

    On newer electric vehicles, composite materials and aluminum are essential building materials. The gasoline engine produces enormous amounts of power, so to get anywhere close to matching a gas engine's performance, you must make the vehicle very lightweight, which reduces safety. (think Chevy Suburban vs Honda Civic in a crash, doesn't take a scientist to tell you who will get carried off in a stretcher there, in fact the IIHS says you are twice as likely to die in a small car)

    This relates directly to materials. To try to make a smaller, lightweight vehicle safe, you must use foams, composites, crush technology, etc, to soften the impacts.

    To lighten the vehicle for performance, next generation Lithium-Ion batteries are the best current mainstream idea for power storage. Hyrogen fuel cells are another option, but the expense and inherent danger of storing highly compressed hydrogen on a vehicle in large quanitites also warrants using composite, i.e things like carbon-fiber tanks, etc. Also think of driving your own personal Hindenburg! Fun stuff.

  • 5 years ago

    China has signalled plans to invest $16bn into its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, a move that could stimulate massive growth in EV sales and help the country cut carbon emissions.

    While specifics on the plan, such as which cities and regions it will target and what models of vehicle the charging points would be compatible with, are yet to be revealed, the disclosure on the amount of funding is the latest in a line of events to suggest that China is looking to make itself the major market for electric transport. On the public side, the government has already provided tax breaks to domestic EV manufacturers BYD and Kandi Technologies Group as part of its attempts to cut carbon emissions and boost environmental sustainability.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Many people are still unaware, but there are a wide variety of electric bicycles and scooters available (right now) which are much cheaper and cleaner than gas-powered vehicles. There are a wide variety of options with several battery types: choose from sealed lead acid (SLA), nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion).

    Electric cars and other large electric vehicles are still in the development phase - and are quite expensive. But electric bikes are available right now and are extremely cost efficient. Here's a good place to find more information:

    http://www.eco-wheelz.com

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  • 1 decade ago

    there's been lots of electric vehicles made over the course of several decades, but they are either expensive, like the tesla, or very hard to come by, or too slow, or they are destroyed! thats right, in the 90's there was a new line of ev's (electric vehicles) that were plug ins and not hybrids, made by toyota and honda mostly. there was a rav 4 ev that was popular, tom hanks had one, but you know what happened to 'em, because hardly anyone has heard of them. Oil companies bought as many as they could, something like 90% of them made, and had them destroyed. yeah, it costs less to buy thousands of ev cars just to destroy them than it does to accept them and lose a small amount of gas customers, so they destroyed the ev's, and did everything in their power to stop them from being produced. you could have had a completely electric car or suv in the early 90's for a price somewhere in the 30-50 grand range at the most, and no one ever hears about it. electric cars aren't new, the desire for them is, since gas prices are so high, and the electric car is not the answer in the end, since most electricity comes from fossil fuels anyway. it should have been a stepping stone to break away from gas vehicles and fossil fuels initiated decades ago, and now it is only starting again, when we should be completely off of fossil fuels. this pissed me off more than anything when i heard about these ev's being destroyed for profit, maybe if more people know about it and care enough about the environment some real change will occur that should have happened years ago.

    so do your part to help, whatever that may be. even something as simple as awareness and readiness for change is very important right now. especially if you are like me and want to get an electric vehicle and solar powered home, etc. but you cannot afford it, thanks to our friends in the oil industry!

  • 1 decade ago

    Tesla Roadster, Green Vehicles Triac, Aptera typ-1e, ZAP Xebra, ZAP Alias, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Vectrix, Brammo, etc. etc.

    These vehicles use batteries (usually some sort of lithium ion chemistry) to power an electric motor.

    See the link below for further details.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the harford it's a new car that runs on elctricity..its good 4 the enviorment...=D

  • 1 decade ago

    check toys r us

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