Electric Cars and Economics 101

Eric Peters gives his spin on the un-economics of electric vehicles.

Published: 08-Jan-2009

The big problem with electric cars isn't technological. It's economic. And one's just as defeating as the other, if the object is to come up with an electric vehicle that's more than just a cute plaything for a handful of over-rich Hollywood celebs.

Consider GM's EV-1 of the 1990s.



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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