EVsRoll is a site about bikes, cars, trucks and other transport. The site covers a range of topics from EV history to air quality, power generation and storage to lots of electric vehicles.
We encourage anybody reading this to consider alternate forms of getting around as often as practically possible.
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The market for gasoline and diesel vehicles is huge, with some 90 million sold per year and 1.2 billion on the road. The market for electric cars and trucks is much smaller, though growing steadily. It appears that 2015 is on track to be a record year for EV sales.
Compared to the internal combustion engine, the electric motor is incredibly efficient. It makes very little heat, no poisonous gas, and uses no imported oil. About 90% or more of the electric energy delivered to the electric motor actually goes toward turning the motor and moving the vehicle it is attached to.
One of the main concerns of the potential electric vehicle consumer is range. The fact is that most of the trips people make in their cars are really not that far.
Idaho National Labs reports that Nissan Leaf owners are driving on average 30 miles a day and, Chevy Volt drivers are logging an average of 36 miles per day on their cars. Studies in the UK show that 75% of trips took under 20 minutes. BMW drivers in Beijing, China drove their leased Mini E cars an average of just 49km, 30.5 miles per day.
The US Federal Highway Administration reports that average US drivers log 29 miles per day and the average vehicle trip length is 9.7 miles. Over half of trips are between 1 and 10 miles. Every EV on the market can make that range.
2014 US plugin electric sales reached some 118,682 units compared to 98,000 units in 2013. Hybrid sales for 2013 reached nearly 495,000 units but were down to around 570,500 units in 2014. Since 2010 around 270,000 plugin electric cars have been sold in the US and are now driving its highways and byways.
China is the 2nd largest EV market with 74,763 plugin units sold in 2014 compared to 2013 China EV sales of 17,642 plugins plus 200,000 low speed EVs. Some 5,000 plugin EV units were sold in Canada in 2014. France had near 15,000 and Germany about 13,000 electric cars sold in 2014. However, just around 250 plugin EVs were sold in Australia.
Use less and pollute less. Take care of our health. Drive an electric vehicle, walk, bike, ride the bus or scooter. Read on for information on the impacts of conventional transport, EV impacts, EV alternatives, and cost.
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SUMMARY of this SITE
Index items relate to these topics:
To start to answer the question why electric?, start with the History of the electric car section.
If you are new to electric vehicles, check first the EV Basics page and Should You Buy an EV.
The next section gives the basis of the Energy Sources and resources used by all vehicles.
Then we realize that anything mass manufactured has environmental implications. The impacts related to standard cars and electric cars are outlined in the EV Impacts area.
One of the main driving forces behind any EV purchase involves cost and range. Range, costs and benefits of standard cars and electric cars are presented in the EV Range and cost section. Check here also to find out about Government subsidies.
EV Cars and Trucks covers the most recent cars and trucks as well as a few older ones.
Electric Bikes covers a few of the hundreds or perhaps thousands of e-bikes out there. The nearly equal number of electric scooters and fewer electric motorcycles are at Electric Motorcycles and Scooters.
Hybrid EVs looks at how much hybrids save the air, and their cost. If you are interested in checking out or obtaining a hybrid, this section has information you need to know. The information is concise and unique in its presentation.
The section on Other EVs includes important information on EV charging. Electric planes, fuel cell EVs, and electric excavators are also covered.
If you want the basics of electric vehicle charging, check here.
Finally are the EV Specifications. If you are just interested in numbers, check here for performance specs covering 118 battery electric, hybrid electric, and plug in electric vehicles.
Remember to take an EV, bike, walk, ebike, transit or car share whenever possible.