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The Myths of Electric Cars Debunked

Judging from the sales records released by Tesla Motors, electric cars are definitely taking off. More and more people are beginning to realize the many advantages and merits of owning an electric car. Several myths have been speculated concerning these cars. It is essential for people to know the truth concerning electric cars rather than dwelling on the misleading myths.

One of the myths is that a driver cannot go far in an electric vehicle. The fact is that electric cars have the potential of going between fifty to eighty miles. Although this is not a good distance, it is above average for a fair number of people. Recently, Tesla chose its Model S to go for a road trip to New York from Los Angeles. This was more like an experiment to test the car’s mileage. The trip took about 76 hours inclusive of the charging time. The distance from Los Angeles to New York is approximately 2,760 miles. It is essential to take note that the key is not the distance which the can go but rather the efficiency of charging the car. It has thus been proven that it is extremely easy to charge electric cars.

Another myth concerning electric cars is that there are a few charge points and charging takes a lot of time. A full charge generally takes about four hours and can be done conveniently during the evening. As electric cars become more popular, charging stations will become more common. If you happen to have a Tesla Model S and you pull up at one of their stations, you can get a full charge in 75 minutes, or get a completely new battery pack installed in less than 2 minutes. The first and only nation that deployed countrywide network coverage for charging was Estonia.

A third myth about electric cars is the fact that their batteries are non-recyclable and toxic. The batteries of Tesla, as well as other producers’ contain metal oxides of lithium. The batteries are not only non-toxic, but also last long. They die after approximately ten years. The company has plans of recycling as many batteries as it can. The automaker has no plan of land-filling the batteries. In the website, the company has provided details on how it utilizes the materials.

Electric cars are gradually taking off in Japan, China and United States. Britain is also trying to follow suit. Some months back, the UK government backed Tesla CEO Elon Musk whose key objective was helping with the green agenda. It is thus hoped that in the near future electric cars will be adopted worldwide.

 

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Hybrid Cars May Help Consumers Save Money in the Long Run

There are so many buyers who portray skepticism when it comes to buying a hybrid car. The film “Who Killed the Electric Car?” that was released in 2006, stirred confusion about why the government and the auto industry were reluctant to embrace electric cars. The film also raised questions among skeptical consumers as to whether the electric cars were really worth the money and trouble.

According to President Obama’s speech on 18th February, the government’s excuses will no longer work. The president stated that by helping the environment, drivers also get to cut costs. In his speech, Obama said that America produces more oil at home compared to what is bought from other nations for the first time in almost twenty years. He further added that carbon pollution, which plays a big role in climate change, has decreased. One of the key reasons for the decrease in pollution is the fact that Americans have been committed and dedicated towards the manufacture of new trucks and cars that have better mileage. This not only saves money, but it also cuts down on environmental pollution. It also leads to creation of novel technological advances in America.

The fuel efficiency standards of American trucks and cars were stuck in neutral for decades. There have been severe impacts on the weather because of carbon pollution going unchecked. For this reason, the president has worked with auto workers, automakers, as well as environmental advocates to formulate a policy that would increase gas mileage while at the same time decrease pollution caused by greenhouse gases for all new trucks and cars sold in America.

One of the leading industries to sell hybrid cars in bulk is Toyota. In March last year, the company sold hybrid vehicles totally to 5.125 million. According to Auto Trader, the total sales were evenly split between plug-in hybrids and electric cars. Sales increased in 2013 by 84 percent to more than 96,000 units. It was also confirmed that about 60 percent of all hybrid sales in 2013 were accounted for by Toyota. This is mainly because of the popular models like Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid and Prius.

According to GM Specialist and Cadillac Sales representative for Grossinger, Will Gordon, hybrids are a key to making this world a better place in the future. Hybrid vehicles not only help people to save money, but they also help drivers get better mileage. It is therefore evident that hybrid vehicles are an investment that is worthy.

 

 

 

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