Thursday, July 16, 2009

ElectricCarsIreland: Electric Cars: Driving Our Future

by Michael Skatoli
In the next year electric cars, or zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) as they are sometimes known, will be an everyday sight on roads right across the globe. The stuff of science fiction books will have become science fact.
Basic electric cars are already for sale to motorists in many parts of the world and are ready to become a lot more sophisticated and widespread in the next few years.
The idea of an electric car is nothing new, it has been around for a number of years. However, the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions in the fight to slow global warming has sped up the development of the next generation of road transport.
Consumer electric vehicles and ZEVs are already being manufactured and will shortly be widely available in showrooms around the globe. We are already familiar with hybrid vehicles, which have been around for a number of years. These cars alternate between electric and gasoline propulsion to help reduce emissions. Electric cars take clean motoring to a higher level, in that they have no emissions whatsoever - they don’t even have a tail pipe. The advantages of this are likely to be dramatic, especially in polluted city areas, as electric cars and ZEVs become more widespread.
So how does the electric car work? Electric vehicles use electric motors and motor controllers rather than the conventional internal combustion engine. Rather than the usual gasoline, these cars are powered by electricity from batteries, although cutting edge methods of energy storage are being developed that will probably replace batteries in the not too distant future. Already, special filling stations for the electric car revolution are being built on roadsides around the globe where drivers can pull in and refuel their electric vehicles, just like at a normal filling station.
However, for many motorists, the transition from the conventional gasoline car that we all know and love to electric vehicles and ZEVs will require a huge leap of faith. However, electric vehicles have so many things going for them that the transition should be a pretty easy one.
Running costs - The fact that electric vehicles are cheaper to run and cost less to maintain will likely win over their fiercest detractors. Drivers will get a lot more miles for their dollar and the cost of maintaining these vehicles will be a lot cheaper than servicing a normal car.
Global warming - As electric vehicles proliferate, the benefits to the environment will be very significant. This is particularly the case in large city areas where smog and air pollution at street level presents a significant health hazard to people.
A few worries do remain over electric vehicles, such as the length of time it takes to recharge battery packs, the top speeds and acceleration of the vehicles, and concerns such as handling and performance. That said, as car makers pump more and more cash into fine tuning these vehicles, these issues are likely to be ironed out sooner rather than later.

About the Author:
Michael is a technical writer with over fifteen years writing experience. Michael is engaged as a technical writer with the portal and is considered the in house guru on electric cars. Visit our great web portal for additional information on Electric Car and Electric Vehicle.