Electric Car Questions

Julia Bodeeb spots a electric car in New Jersey and wonders just how practical it really is.

Published: 02-Jan-2009

I saw a small electric car on a major highway for the first time the other day. The tiny car was going around a very busy traffic circle which was jammed with traffic. I had to stare a bit as I saw the tiny car zip through the congested traffic circle.

The car is about ½ the size of a normal car. It looks like it would be fun to drive. However, I would worry about safety if the small electric car was hit by a larger vehicle. I don't know if I would take an electric car on the highway, but it would be a lot of fun to drive one on local roads. Would you drive an electric car? Do you think plug in cars will become popular eventually in America? Some predict electric cars will be widely available here by the year 2012.

It will be interesting to see if electric cars start to make a more visible presence on American roads. Ending dependence on foreign oil is a key priority for America. Hence it makes sense that electric cars may soon be more widely popular.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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