Blog Post 7: Transportation
The Electric Car
Lately many automobile companies have begun production of electric vehicles that offer all electric power to replace the necessity of gas. Many are seeing these new electric vehicles as the first of its kind, but this is not so. General Motors introduced a fully functional electric car in 1996 that never seemed to catch on in America, except with the people who bought them. Why if we had an electric car in 1996, are the roads not covered with electric cars?
The electric car, powered by an electric motor, is has its fuel stored in batteries underneath the hood. The electric car is advantageous because it does not pollute at nearly the rate of conventional combustion engines, but unfortunately it only becomes popular when gas prices are high. Some barriers to the electric car’s popularity are its price, infrastructure, and range anxiety. The price of the electric car is higher, due to the expensive battery, but one could argue that the electric car is worth the price due to no gas payments and less maintenance possibilities than the combustion engine. Infrastructure and range anxiety put the nail in the coffin of the EV1. The General Motors’ EV1 could only travel a distance of 100 miles on one charge and the fact that there is no recharge infrastructure in place, that doesn’t leave much room for traveling far. “The average American drives less than 40 miles per day (Edwards)” though, and in between trips the car could be recharged. Why is it that people feel they must have indefinite range in order to accomplish their everyday tasks? Perhaps the electric car would replace the conventional automobile if people were not worried about road trips. There could and should be a future for these viable and functional alternatives.
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