The Hidden Costs of Clean Electric Cars

In addition to needing power provided by a fossil-fuel-burning power plant, electric cars require large batteries.

Published: 29-Jan-2009

By now everyone has heard of the American auto companies begging for a bailout and Congress wanting to see how they plan to (among other things) create fuel efficient cars to keep up with foreign competitors.

With the Detroit Auto Show going on this month and “clean coal” and “alternative energy” becoming buzzwords thrown around by everyone from the President on down, some people are concerned about the hidden effects of electric and hybrid cars.

According to the Energy Information Administration’s Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government report, a whopping 70% of the nation’s power is supplied through burning fossil fuels.


ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.

Hero Motors Ultra Maxi uses a 250 watt motor to avoid falling into category that would require license fees, road taxes and registration.

The scooters currently come in two models, 1000 and 1500 watts, and retail for NZ$2200 and NZ$2400 including GST. Photo courtesy of Scoop.


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