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Electric Vehicles

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In the late 1890's, Electric vehicles (EVs) outsold  internal combustion (gasoline) engines 10 to 1. The first auto dealerships were exclusively for EVs. All cars produced in 1900 - 33% steam cars, 33% EV, 33% gasoline cars.  
1903 - first speeding ticket, earned in an EV. 1908 - Henry Ford buys his wife an EV. In 1910 the EV was forced out of production by the mass produced assembly line of gasoline cars, not being able to buy parts in volume, and the availability of electricity outside city limits.
There was a rebirth of EVs in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with concerns about air pollution and the OPEC oil embargo. A few major automakers again began production of EVs in the early 1990s, but as California's  "Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate" was weekened over a few years, production was stopped by 2003.
Electric vehicles produce much less emissions than gasoline powered cars when charged through the electrical power grid, and ZERO emissions when charged by solar, wind, or alternative sources.
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MIT builds solar-powered race car that runs all day

Running on a tank of sun: solar car stores enough energy for Boston to NYC trip

If so, you may be in luck.

A group of researchers at MIT have developed an out-of-the-ordinary race car, one that isn't dependent on gasoline. That's right, the team has built a car that runs on solar power.

The car, dubbed Eleanor, can reportedly maintain a cruising speed of 55 mph and run all day -- if the sun is shining, according to MIT. To get that kind of power from sunlight, researchers have designed the car with six square meters of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and an improved electronic systems.

And if the car has to travel on a rainy day or at night, its batteries can store enough energy for it to make the trip from Boston to New York City without any sunlight, MIT researchers added.

The university's Solar Electric Vehicle Team announced that it plans to enter the solar car in the World Solar Challenge race across Australia that's slated to be held in October. To get ready for that competition, the team is slated to drive Eleanor across the U.S. this summer.

General Motors EV1

Production:  1996 - 1999  1,117 unitsEV1

The EV-1 was the first late model electric vehicle produced from a major auto maker. Introduced in 1996, they were available in California and Arizona in a limited 3 year lease only to study the feasability of producing and marketing a 100 %  electric vehicle (not a hybrid), in this country.

The cars were removed from the temporary owners in 2003 and destroyed after the 3 year lease was up. The drivers of the vehicles begged and pleaded with GM to renue their lease, or gladly purchase the vehicle, but GM refused, and all cars were crushed, except one. This car is now in a museum, with the electric motor and numerouse parts removed. The cars discontinuation remains controversial.

The EV-1 got up to 75 miles per charge on Delco lead acid batteries, 100 miles on Panasonic lead acid batteries, 150 miles on Ovonic nickle-metal hydride batteries. A modofied EV-1 set a land spead record of 183 MPH in 1994.

GM has discontinued the EV-1 program. All the vehicles, save one, have been taken back and shredded. Individuals that leased these innovative vehicles, and wished to buy them were denied that opportunity. The last remaining EV-1 has been been decommissioned so that it no longer works. The mere husk of the former vehicle is on display at Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History. You can learn more about the GM electric car program at Who Killed the Electic Car.

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