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Q&A: Someone might ask “Do you consider yourself eco-friendly if you drive an electric car?”?

Question by Breath on the Wind: Someone might ask "Do you consider yourself eco-friendly if you drive an electric car?"?
But only leave such a question up for a couple of hours before accepting a negative response. Perhaps such questions are no better than the advertisements that are against Yahoo T/S. This one did not give much of a pretense at being open or fair so I thought it deserved another chance. The response accepted as BA gave some rather odd statistics for the energy makeup of electricity. But upon reflection, he could have been quoting stats for some suburb in South Africa. As long as the stats are not qualified they are probably true somewhere. So just what is behind that EV grin?;_ylt=AlERfHkOeVVdGTIP8VH6VKn95nNG;_ylv=3?qid=20101008122415AAggnSQ "Nickel-cadmium batteries" !!?? That was two generations of chemistry ago and were they ever used in an EV?

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Answer by RickyD
I would say that being an an eco-friendly car is a good thing!

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Is this no-cost battery for Electric Vehicles useful for a sequel to “Who Killed the Electric Car?”?

by modenadude

Question by Dr. Quixote: Is this no-cost battery for Electric Vehicles useful for a sequel to "Who Killed the Electric Car?"?
At least one pickup truck in Vancouver works from "dead batteries" -- cheap and affordable because they're free, taken from scrapped piles of dead batteries. Would this be a good topic for a follow-up movie, that could perhaps be titled, "Who Brought Back The Electric Car", or a movie about the GM Volt, perhaps?

The journalist for the Burnaby New Westminster News Leader said, in the byline, "Could Make Electric Vehicles More Affordable."

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Answer by The Aisle Seat
Not sure you could get a whole movie out of that. A short film, perhaps?

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Staff - September 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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The New Generation of Electric Car Batteries

by Orin Zebest

The New Generation of Electric Car Batteries

Electric cars run on batteries anywhere from 12 to 24 of them underneath the hood. When it comes time for new batteries, they are actually readily available. The batteries used to run an electric car are similar to those used to power cell phones and even those little vehicles that kids like to drive around the yard. Getting new batteries for your electric car should not be a problem when the time comes.

The reality is that electric car batteries last for quite a long time, so getting new ones will not have to happen for quite a long time. When you do have to get new batteries for your electric car, you can expect to pay around ,000 to ,000 for them depending on the make and model of your electric car.

Some batteries have memories in them and if you do not run them out before charging them, they lose some of their potency. Be completely aware of how much electricity you have left before you go to plug in for a recharge. You may find yourself having to buy new batteries for your electric car before you really want to.

The electric car industry is always coming up with new battery technology that can help power your vehicle longer and charge faster. It is only a matter of time before that technology will allow you to drive your car further before a charge. That is good news for people who are electric car enthusiasts. Right now, the general range is around one hundred miles per charge. It is entirely possible that by the year 2010, you will be able to drive an electric car over 200 miles on new batteries.

When the time does come to get new batteries for your electric car, you can rest assured that you will be able to recycle almost the entire battery. Electric car batteries are 95 percent recyclable. You have an electric car, most likely, because you want to do something good for the environment and give yourself some relief from the ridiculous price of gasoline. Well, being able to recycle an electric car battery before you buy new ones, you can have peace of mind and a new source of power.

Choose the best type of battery for your need when you are buying new batteries for your electric car. Get the best battery you can find for the money and rest assured that you are doing your part both for the environment as well as for yourself.

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Electric Car Batteries: Benefits and Drawbacks

by Paul Garland

Electric Car Batteries: Benefits and Drawbacks

So you’re thinking of getting an electric car? Well, one of the first things you need to do before getting one is to learn a few basic things about these vehicles — especially with regards to how they run and where they get their power. And like all things electric, an electric car relies on an independent power source — the battery.

A normal car (powered by an internal combustion engine) only needs the battery to start the engine as well as run the air conditioning system and the car stereo. That isn’t the case with electric cars. In fact, the battery used in electric cars runs about everything. When electric cars were first introduced, the primary concern was (and still is) the quality and reliability of the electric car battery, i.e. how long can the battery last before it needs to be recharged. Fortunately, the last few decades has produced significant improvements on how electric car batteries are made. Now we already have nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lead-acid and lithium-ion (Li-ion) types that are rechargeable and readily available in the market.

Compared to normal car batteries, how do electric car batteries fare? Here’s a look at the benefits:

Cost-effectiveness. For five bucks worth of electricity, your electric car can run for more than 300 kilometers. Now if you do the math and compare that with your current gas costs and equivalent mileage, you’ll see that going electric can be quite economic in the long run.

Cleaner & Greener. Although you still need to burn fossil fuels in order to generate the electricity needed to recharge electric car batteries, the pollution produced is very minimal compared to the pollution caused by internal combustion engines. Plus, with better power generation sources like nuclear plants, the level of carbon emissions in the process of recharging becomes even lesser.

Re-usability. Electric car batteries can be reused and recycled. So you don’t need to worry about how you can dispose of your battery pack.

However, like any new technology, electric car batteries are not perfect. Here are the drawbacks:

They’re heavy. Because electric car batteries are designed to provide more power, they need to be connected to battery packs to ensure heavy duty performance. And these battery packs are not light. A battery pack can weigh as much as half a metric ton. But don’t worry, there’s hope — manufacturers are designing electric cars with lighter body frames to offset the battery’s weight.

Recharging time. Unfortunately, there’s no technology available yet for quicker and easier recharging. You still need several hours of downtime before your electric car can run again.

Maintenance. Electric car batteries are still uncommon, which means the number of service stations which can do repairs is still fairly limited, too. And since they’re quite fewer, maintenance costs might be a bit higher, too.

No doubt, electric car batteries are still a work in progress. It has its own set of limitations but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. But in a few years, the new generation of batteries will be lighter, more economical and most importantly, more powerful. That’s certainly a comforting thought. presents Car Tips: A quick look at how to properly and safely change the battery in your car. For informational purposes only, make sure to consult a professional.

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