example of the uses of electric cars in everyday life. From the article "Electrical Engineering",
an Australian built his own electric car from a second hand Porsche. The article proves that
having a private electric cars is no longer a dream. But do all people know the good things and
the bad things about having a private electric car?
Now, what electric vehicles really are? Simply put, electric vehicles are vehicles that are
powered by an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. Electric vehicle use
electricity as the "fuel" instead of gasoline or some other combustible fuel. The electric motor in
an electric vehicle converts electricity, usually from a battery pack, into mechanical power to
turn the wheels.
Major auto manufacturers are producing high-performance electric vehicles not only in the form
of cars but also in a wide range of styles and sizes, including, mini-vans, sport utility vehicles
and pickup trucks. Electric vehicles today come as small as bicycles and motor scooters and as
big as buses. In Melbourne for example, we are using electric powered trams as public transport.
Many people fancy electric vehicles because they had many advantages compared with
petrol fueled vehicles. The benefits are :
Quiet, Clean Driving Experience On a personal level, electric vehicles offer a quiet,
fume-free, smooth driving experience. Since the motor does not operate when the vehicle is at a
stop, an electric vehicle has no "idle" noises. When an electric vehicle is under power, the
sounds are the soft sound of the motor and the tires rolling over the roadway.
High Performance First-time electric vehicle drivers are consistently surprised by the quality
of the electric vehicle driving experience. electric vehicles provide fast acceleration by
delivering power instantly to the wheels. By providing high torque at low speeds, they give a feel
of smooth and quick responsiveness. Well-designed electric vehicles, like those produced by
major auto companies, travel at speeds equivalent to conventional vehicles and offer all the same
safety and high-performance features.
Lower Operating Costs The per-mile fuel cost of operating an electric vehicle can be less than
one-third that of a gasoline-powered car. The exact amount of savings depends on the local
electricity rate which varies from utility to utility. In addition, electric vehicle owners say
goodbye to many familiar maintenance costsno more tune-ups, oil changes or muffler
No Gas Stations One of the conveniences electric vehicle drivers like the most is that
"refueling" can be done easily and safely at home overnight, at work, or at public locations like
shopping centers, where electric charging units have been installed.
Environmentally Friendly Electric vehicles are today's zero-emission vehicles. They have no
tailpipes and emit no pollutants. Instead of gasoline from oil refineries, electric vehicles get their
"fuel" from electric power stations. Although power plants using fossil fuels do have emissions,
power plant emissions generated for electric vehicle use are typically much lower than emissions
from the comparable use of gasoline-powered cars. For power plants using renewable energy
sources like wind, solar and hydropower, no air pollution at all is created.
Energy Security Australia and many other developed countries imports more than half the oil
it uses, and the percentage is continuing to rise. electric vehicles help lessen the country's
dependence on imported petroleum and reduce the national security concerns associated with
that growing dependency.
Currently, the drawbacks of the electric vehicles are the cost of buying and operating the
vehicle and also the limited distance...