Sorry I'm Late, I Had to Charge My Electric Car

Michael Richardson gives readers in the Persian Gulf a heads up on the coming wave of electrically-driven automobiles.

Published: 06-Jan-2010

By Michael Richardson

Is 2010 the start of a new era in road transport as electricity takes over from petrol and diesel engines, reducing global warming emissions and dependence on oil?

Some signs point this way in established markets in the US and Europe, as well as in Asia, where demand for cars is growing fastest. If small, low-cost electric vehicles catch on in Asia, their success is likely to be assured and global demand for oil will be less than forecast.


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.

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.

Johnson Controls RE3 electric concept car interior.

RE3 electric concept car is designed to demonstrate use of different materials and flexible, novel ways of using space.


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