Electric Cars Are Reviving Up

Every time the price of gas goes up or climate change fears escalate, the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association gets more hits on its website.

Published: 19-May-2008

It creeps out of the old garage in a rustic Webster’s Corners yard with a low, slow whine.

It’s an old car, 28 years. The paint is flat and lifeless and its 20 batteries are dated and low tech. Inside the worn interior, a standard, four-speed shift is – well, how many cars today have a four-speed transmission?

Get used to it.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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