2010 Could Be the Year Plug-In Cars Take Off

EV World friends and bloggers comment on the future of electric cars in 2010.

Published: 02-Jan-2010

Electric vehicles have been hyped before as the car of the future, but 2010 could be the year plug-in vehicles finally take off.

Advances in battery technology, the introduction of three new electric models, a volatile oil market, eager consumers concerned about global warming and a huge federal investment in charging stations have converged, pointing the way to an automotive future without tailpipes or exhaust gases.

Nissan will deliver 1,000 of its zero-emission, five-passenger Leaf hatchbacks to Valley and Tucson buyers in December. Other carmakers, including Tesla Motors, with its high-performance sports car, and Chevrolet, with a four-passenger Volt, are hustling to get more electric cars on American roads as acceptance grows and the technology accelerates.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

EVPorsche 959 conversion on the track. Photo credit: Speed

EVPorsche 911 conversion costs $48,000, including the donor vehicle.

Concept model of Honda Oree electric motorcycle. Photo courtesy of Motorcycles USA.

Bart Madson discovers an ambitious student design that anticipates a motor producing 90-plus horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque and top speed near 120 mph.


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