Hybrid Electric Vehicles ( Electric Vehicle )

1830 WordsMar 9, 20178 Pages
Imagine a world in which the air we breathe is clean, the skies are blue, automobiles are sleek and fast, and don’t burn fossil fuels. That world could be coming. It’s a world filled with clean running electric vehicles. An EV (electric vehicle) is a vehicle that gets some or all of its power for propulsion from the electric grid. These cars present one of the best alternatives to gas based vehicles as they are environmentally friendly, and circumvent the distribution of harmful elements such as carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Some of the manufactures for the EVs and their models include the Nissan LEAF, the Mitsubishi iMiEV, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (part gasoline, part electric battery), such as the Chevrolet Volt or…show more content…
In 1908 the electric car suffered a big blow. That year, Henry Ford introduced the mass-produced Model T. It made gasoline-powered cars widely available and affordable. By 1912, the gasoline car cost only $650, while an electric car sold for $1,750. By the 1920s, the U.S. had much better roads connecting cities, which Americans were eager to explore. When crude oil was discovered in Texas, gas became cheap and was easily available to rural Americans, while few had electricity. By 1935, electric vehicles had all but disappeared (Energy.gov, 2014). Commercially available EVs hit the market again in 2011 (Larson, P., Viáfara, J., Parsons, R., Elias, A., 2014). Environmental concerns about air quality, growing concerns about global warming, and finite fossil fuel supplies prompted a new emphasis on the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles (Nayum, Klöckner., Mehmetoglu, 2016). These concerns led to the development of improvements in automobile materials, system technologies, and the design of improved rechargeable battery systems that are smaller, lighter weight, and have a longer lasting charge. Advances such as these have rapidly accelerated the design of better, more reliable EVs (Coffman, Bernstein, Wee, 2016). Unfortunately, sales of these vehicles are not progressing as quickly as had been hoped, some prominent reasons being that EV vehicles are still too expensive, consumers continue to have “range anxiety” (the fear of
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