Alternative Transportation: The Electric Car

757 WordsJun 16, 20184 Pages
Gasoline powered cars are everywhere, with 800 million of them in 2008 (Seamans), it would be hard for the civilized world to give the car up for an alternative mode of transportation. The internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) provides transportation to millions everyday, someday though the petroleum supplies will run dry and an alternative will need to be found. If we as a society wait until that day to find the alternative, said alternative will be costly and probably inefficient. Electric cars have skulked in the shadows, neglected and abused, but soon that all will change. Electric car was first invented in 1834 by Thomas Davenport (Helmers), though not a practical mode of transportation at the time, it was a small-scale model…show more content…
The earths petroleum reserves are, sadly, not endless; corn ethanol is not a viable alternative as nearly all food products have some corn related product hidden within. The electric car can solve all of these problems, and many more that we, as a society, have yet to stumble upon yet. The electric car does not need to rely on petroleum products, so in a world when either the petroleum price has been driven beyond feasible everyday consumer limits or is all burned up even, the electric car can keep humming along; smug that it has yet to become an expensive paperweight in the driveway like its counterpart, the petroleum powered car. The electric car can reduce the pollutants in the air as itself it produces no emissions. Furthermore, with the varied spread of power plants in use today in the U.S. An all electric fleet would produce forty percent less emissions than todays vehicles (Seamens). The electric motor also converts the stored electricity into movement more efficiently than an internal combustion engine. Estimated at one percent efficiency for the ICEV(Siemens), the electric motor experiences efficiency levels of sixty to eighty percent (Helmans). The inefficiency in both systems is energy lost as heat, noise, vibrations, and friction. With fewer moving parts the electric car loses less to
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