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Fast charging stations and battery swap stations are often proposed as being necessary infrastructure for electric cars. But do we need to wait for this infrastructure before we swap our petrol and diesel cars for the latest electric models? Aren’t electric cars just shifting emissions from exhaust pipes to power stations?
As a self-professed petrol-head I find it hard to come around to the idea of an electric car. I’ve heard all the lines: electric just isn’t as fast, nor as spirited, nor as cheap, nor as fun as a petrol equivalent could ever be. Today, I found compelling evidence to prove these headlines wrong, and it’s called the Holden Volt.
When we told you how much the all-electric Holden Volt would be a few weeks ago, a huge argument broke out over the cost of the car compared to its petrol cousin, the Holden Cruze. Turns out that the batteries reportedly only add around $9000 to the $59,990 cost and that number is set to drop over the next 10 to 15 years.
In a publicity stunt to demonstrate just how quickly an electric car can accelerate, Smart created this unique test drive where a couple of electric Fortwos were used as controllers in a giant game of Pong.
Well, this is an exciting bit of news for green drivers. Envia Systems has come up with a new battery technology that could give a $US20,000 electric car a range of 480km to a charge. Yes, please?
Reports indicate that reservations for Tesla’s brand new shiny Model X have hit $US40 million. That’s a solid start for a car you won’t be able to climb into until at least 2014.