What Would Life Be Like for an Electric Car Driver?
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What Would Life Be Like for an Electric Car Driver?

What will life be like for those purchasing the first electric cars?

Alternative fuel cars are the newest hip fashion to take the marketplace by storm. Concepts like the Honda FCX Clarity, Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan Leaf have become reality amongst an amazing surge of enthusiasm for the idea of driving by electricity. Although few people take note of this fact, many of the first automobiles were operated by electricity. Many new innovations have taken place since then, but the technology is basically similar and faces the same problems that it did then. The primary problem is that electricity is a royal pain to store. Yet, storage is a must, for passenger vehicles must have a fuel storage source in order to accomplish their mission.

What will life be like for the drivers of these new vehicles? It will certainly be quieter. With the noiseless and relatively heatless operation of an electric motor, things like exhaust, mufflers, and noisy internal combustion engines are things of the past. The only noise will be the radio, the sound of other vehicles, and of course the sound of your own tires in contact with the pavement.

There will certainly also have to be a change in driver habits. The Nissan Leaf currently has the longest pure electric range at 100 miles, which is just far enough to get many suburbanite workers to a metro area and back on a single charge. Although the car charges in 4 to 10 hours, drivers will have to consider either having a second Leaf to drive to the grocery store while the other charges, or designers will have to come up with a way for the driver to be able to rapidly swap power packs. It certainly is a bit of a road block to not be able to use the vehicle after work. For the moment, many electric cars stick with the hybrid designation in order to answer the questions of fueling and range.

The electrical infrastructure is going to have to change in order to accommodate the additional energy demand of electric vehicles. American drivers rack up an incredible amount of miles. If a significant amount of drivers start converting to electric cars, then the load on the system will effect a change. Auto manufacturers claim that electric cars will significantly reduce carbon dioxide pollution, but this is patently false. This would be true in France, where nuclear power is the primary source of electricity, but the United States primarily uses coal and natural gas to supply its power needs.


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