Battery Image Gallery Even when they're old and deteriorated, car batteries don't shock the driver when they get wet. See more battery pictures. Russell Sadur/Getty Images There's a lot of misinformation floating around about the dangers presented by electric or hybrid cars. Several news articles have suggested that fire and rescue crews face a serious chance of being electrocuted if they cut into the wires of an electric car, or that they might be electrocuted just from touching such a car if it is partially or fully submerged in water. These articles are overinflating the danger at best. There isn't a single case on record of a rescuer being shocked while extricating someone from a crashed electric or hybrid vehicle -- submerged or not. This leads us to the question of whether a large puddle could interact with the vehicle's batteries or electrical system and cause a shock to the driver of an electric car -- surely no one would design a car that could shock people randomly if … [Read more...] about Will I get shocked if I drive an electric car through a big puddle?
Image Gallery: Electric Cars The Subaru R1e electric car can be charged overnight on household current. It has a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 62 miles per hour. See more electric car pictures. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images Electric cars are something that show up in the news all the time. There are several reasons for the continuing interest in these vehicles: Electric cars create less pollution than gasoline-powered cars, so they are an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles (especially in cities).Any news story about hybrid cars usually talks about electric cars as well.Vehicles powered by fuel cells are electric cars, and fuel cells are getting a lot of attention right now in the news. An electric car is a car powered by an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine. From the outside, you would probably have no idea that a car is electric. In most cases, electric cars are created by converting a gasoline-powered car, and in that case it is … [Read more...] about How Electric Cars Work
From current popular models to concept cars, our electric car image gallery features an assortment of zero-emission electric cars. Check out some of the coolest-looking, eco-friendly electric cars here. The Tesla Roadster is the world's first high-performance electric car. See how it is recharged next. You can recharge the Tesla with your own recharging station or plugging it into an electrical outlet. Take a look at the inside of the Tesla next. The Tesla Roadster looks and feels like a sports car. It comes standard with a soft top. How fast is this electric car? The Tesla Roadster can accelerate from zero to 60 in 4 seconds and has a top speed of over 130 mph. The next car is a micro electric car made for the city. Scott Barbour/Getty Images The Reva G-Wiz Automatic Electric Vehicle is an emission-free electric automobile made in India. See it on the road in the next picture. Scott Barbour/Getty Images England's most popular electric car, the … [Read more...] about Electric Car Pictures
Will EVs ever have a real chance? The United States government is usually offering some sort of tax incentive for the purchase of an EV and home charging infrastructure. These incentives help get cars off dealer lots by defraying part of the cost-of-entry barrier, and the programs send the message that the government supports evolving eco-friendly technology (perhaps reassuring consumers that their fancy new cars won't be quickly rendered obsolete). President Obama hopes to have a million EVs on the road in the next couple of years, and a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the government will spend billions of dollars attempting to achieve that goal [source: Plumer]. According to the 2012 report, tax incentives, lean energy grants, and loans to EV manufacturers account for most of the planned and anticipated spending, but the CBO doesn't think it'll achieve the desired result. Instead of 1 million EVs sold by 2015, the CBO expects about 270,000 by 2019. Some … [Read more...] about Are electric cars a failed experiment?
Tesla bills its new Model 3 as a "smaller, simpler and a more affordable electric car." So what makes it truly stand out? Tesla Electric carmaker Tesla already has developed a following among affluent technology buffs and Hollywood luminaries such as former "Tonight" show host Jay Leno and other celebrity Tesla owners. But the company's new Model 3, which is expected to ramp up production in November, seems aimed at broadening the market for electric vehicles. The sedan starts at a basic price of $35,000, before any government tax incentives are figured in — and that price is less than half of what the Model S luxury sedan costs. The Tesla website describes the Model 3 as "a smaller, simpler, more affordable electric car," rather than a technological advance over other models in its line. To that end, its performance stats are a bit humbler than the Model S. The Model 3 can go from zero to 60 mph (97 kph) in between 5.1 and 5.6 seconds, and its battery range is between 220 … [Read more...] about Tesla’s New Model 3 Aims Squarely at the Electric Car Mainstream