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Electric Cars

Electric Autos and Battery Powered Cars. While standard fuel vehicles use gasoline power, hybrid vehicles run on a combination of a high-powered battery and gasoline, and plug-in hybrids use electricity to charge the battery that runs the engine, "all electric" vehicles use pure electricity to power both the engine and charge the battery. One of the easiest ways to think of the range of power options for vehicles today is as a spectrum, with standard fuel at one end, electric vehicles at another and hybrids and plug-in hybrids in the middle.

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This article does a nice job of explaining the science behind the electric automobile. In fact, the history of the electric car is quite interesting as this technology was developed prior to the diesel and internal combustion engines that thrust mass-produced automobiles into the spotlight at the beginning of the 20th century.
2009 Electric Vehicles in 2010

Buying an electric automobile
Right now, the decision to purchase an electric vehicle gives a potential buyer little options. Available models and dealerships are extremely limited and the cost of most electric vehicles makes them cost-prohibitive to many interested buyers. However, if you are willing to work with a dealer in California or Florida and pay a large premium for driving one of the greenest transportation options available, the Electric Auto Association has a great directory of road-ready and low-speed electric vehicles (think golf carts).

For more information on five electric cars you can buy in 2009, see this article overview.

Converting your vehicle to an electric system
For the industrious do-it-yourselfer among us, building or converting a standard-fuel vehicle to an electric car can be a much more cost-effective way to drive greenly, and a fun project to work on as well! HowStuffWorks.com is one of the best resources for getting the general idea of how a conversion to an electric auto works. Basically, an electric car enthusiast replaces the car’s battery with an electric battery, such as those found in golf carts. While the premise of this project is simple, it is important to note that each step needs to be carefully researched and followed, as improper installation could lead to the electric car malfunctioning. Electric car kits, motors,  and other conversion kit services are becoming popular due to higher fuel costs.

Some of the biggest names in the electric car industry are Tesla, Zap, Gem, Aptera, and Tango.

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