Transport uses about 60-70% of world oil, or around 20 billion barrels per year. While effective for getting around, gasoline and diesel fuels cause huge amounts of air pollution in along with greenhouse gas emissions and related climate change. Electric vehicles, especially when powered by renewable energy can offset energy declines and keep our air cleaner. Other alternate forms of transport help as well.
The market for gasoline and diesel vehicles is huge, some 87 million sold in 2014, about 16.5 million of those in the USA. Although demand for electric vehicles roughly follows oil prices, electric vehicles of all kinds are slowly gaining market share.
2014 US plugin electric sales reached close to 118,000 units compared to 98,000
units in 2013. Hybrid sales for 2013 reached nearly 495,000 units but were down to around 570,000 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.
Over 50,000 plugins were sold in China 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.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN THE WORLD
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.
RANGE CONCERNS AND FACTS
One of the main concerns of the potential electric vehicle consumer is range. Drivers want their EV to have the same range as a gas burner. While this may make sense on occasion, it happens that most of the trips people make in their cars are really not that far.
In the USA, 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. Driving 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. Most household trips in the car or truck are short. Over half are between 1 and 10 miles. Every EV on the market can make that range.
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
To start to answer the question why electric?, start with the History of the electric car section. Here you can find information on the history and possible future of the EV.
If you are new to electric vehicles, check first the EV Basics page. If you are interested in an EV, check out Should You Buy an EV.
The next section gives the basis of the Energy Sources and resources used by all vehicles. Wise use of resources is a hallmark of electric 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.
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. The explanation and interactive calculators
are the best on the web.
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.
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