More and more people want to turn green and invest in a more fuel efficient vehicle next time they’re in the market for a new car. Most car manufacturers are now seeing the benefit of investing in green technology which translates into more choice for the consumer and also more options in all price ranges.
1870 – Sir David Soloman built an Green Living Guy that operated off an electric engine with battery power. The batteries were quite heavy, though, so the car did not get good speed and could only go a small distance.
Generally, cars running electrically are great for people who have just started RC cars as a avocation. In terms of place where to use electrical RC cars, there is a outstanding benefit because it is not as noisy as the ones running on nitro. Velocity is mostly fast as well though not as fast as the nitro RC cars. It is best to use rechargeable ones and make certain you have a spare. The rechargeable electric battery can be charged from a 12-volt car battery or straight from the divider socket.
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is expected to be in U.S. dealerships in November 2010. It will be equipped with a small 4-cylinder gasoline internal combustion engine to power a 71 hp generator which recharges the 16 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. The car can be driven entirely on battery power for 40 miles and then it can be extended to 300 miles with the on-board generator. The Volt is expected to be priced at around $40,000, which would bring it down to $32,500 with a $7,500 federal tax credit. The car has a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It is a 5-door liftback that will be assembled at the Detroit/Hamtramck plant.
Another bone I have to pick concerns the lack of home charging of the batteries. Under the guise of convenience, Honda and other hybrid makers have decided to force the driver to use their gasoline for the majority of the charging of the batteries. If future hybrids or full electric cars employ larger and more powerful batteries capable of lasting the length of a 400 mile trip, then I would like to charge the batteries with cheap home power. Even today’s hybrids should offer a choice of charging methods.
As I drove along with Don the very nice salesman from Small Plant E-Vehicles (in Longmont) I was real curious about what types of trouble I cold get into with thing. It’s only 4’6″ wide, which is thinner than many supermarkets’ door’s openings… Hmmm, I could slip into King Soopers and cruise a few isles! At 10’9″ long, it would fit into a few elevators too – Cherry Creek indoor shopper bowling anyone?!
True, the cost of adding one or more electric cars to your fleet is relatively high. The sticker price on a Nissan E.V. Leaf or Chevy Volt ranges from $36,000-$39,000. But federal tax credits of up to $7,500 can help reduce the purchase price.
Do yourself a favor and the environment by choosing to go green. For more tips from the electric car experts, contact O’Neil Nissan of Warminster today.