6. Electric cars can go well over 100 miles on a charge.
7. Half or more of all trips taken in many countries today are well within EV range...most trips
people take in their cars are 5 miles or less!
8. You can charge an electric car at home on a 155 or 220 volt circuit. 220 is much faster.
9. China and Europe are quickly developing the electric car for mass production. China has the
world's biggest car market.
10. GM had a great electric car, the EV1, 10 years ago, but crushed all of them. GM now builds and
markets the successful Chevy Volt.
11. EVs produce no CO2 or other fumes while running. 12. EVs do not depend on any oil other than for lubrication.
13. EV batteries and driving range are improving all the time. 14. The electric car drives much like any other car.
15. There are EV cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, and bikes. 16. There are EV conversion kits easily available to DIYers.
17. Tax incentives are in place for the purchase of an EV. 18. You can fit 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs into an EV station wagon.
19. Electric cars are quiet. 20. Electric cars do not waste gas while stopped at lights.
21. Battery packs for electric cars are expensive, but the costs are coming down.
22. Battery packs for some electric cars are heavy, but that is changing too.
21. Q: What is the best selling Battery Electric car?
A: The Nissan Leaf.
23. There are Electric Car Facts on nomenclature:
EV - Electric Vehicle, it runs only on batteries
Hybrid - A combination EV and ICE powered vehicle
E-REV - Extended Range Electric Vehicle (Chevy Volt)
BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle - same as EV - batteries only
NEV - Neighborhood Electric Vehicle - low speed vehicles
plugged in to recharge - pure EVs
HEV - Hybrid Electric Vehicle - this EV has batteries and a gas
motor - the gas motor recharges the batteries
PHEV - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle - has a gas motor and
batteries - this EV can also be plugged in to recharge
FSEV - Full speed EV
24. Lithium is the present battery chemistry of choice. 25. Lithium is the lightest metal, about 1/2 the weight of water. However, pure Lithium ignites on contact with water.
26. The largest Lithium deposit is in the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The deposit covers 10,582 sq km or 4,086 sq mi. This deposit is around 50-70% of the world total. The area is not now in mining due to governmental restrictions.
27. Most Lithium is produced by:
Chile's SQM produces about 32,600 tonnes
Australia's Talison produces 28,200 tonnes
Rockwood Holdings' Chemetall produces 22,500 tonnes
U.S.-based FMC at 16,600 tonnes
Total 2010 production is estimated at 120,000 tonnes.
Check out an Electric Car Forum for your EV Q&A
The number one top electric car forum in our opinion is the EV Discussion List. The list has been around for close to 20
years. These people can help answer just about any EV question you might have. There is a procedure to get logged on,
so check that first. The easy way would be to use the subscription page.
Over 51,000 people have signed up on the GM Volt want list so far. If you are interested in the Volt, go to the Volt Forum.
There are several other forums devoted to the Volt.
One of the more interesting areas of electric cars and vehicles is the use of ultracapacitor storage devices. At least one
company claims to have a solution to the ultracapacitor as a practical storage device for electric cars. You can check
some of the details at the Ultracapacitor Forum, which might be down for maintenance.