December 20, 2014

Electric Vehicles Renewable Energy and Storage News

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If the first cars were electric, EV, next came gas power, and followed with the first hybrid, HEV which was invented by none other than Ferdinand Porsche with his serial system in 1889.  After gas power dominated, and polluted our roads, hybrids have made a come back chased closely by EVs.  It’s come full circle again.

The gist, if hybrid, HEV have made a come back, they were just the first step and the next logical one is the plug-in hybrid, PHEV.  But don’t just take our word for it, here is what Alternet has to say.

The numbers, a study from the U.S. Department of Energy shows PHEVs reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 49 states in the U.S..  Interestingly, even the states that use large amounts of hydroelectric power had 80% less greenhouse emission.  Unfortunately, states as North Dakota, which is heavily invested in coal didn’t find any savings from PHEVs.

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Chelsea Sexton, from Who Killed the Electric Car? and who is partially responsible behind some of our editors’ passion for EV, even says: “Maybe your first forty miles of the day are all electric,… Monday through Friday you may never use gasoline.  But if you want to drive to Vegas on the weekend, you have gasoline in the tank as a backup…”

Logically speaking, if your typical current HEV gets twice the gas mileage of your normal gas-powered car, and PHEVs get about twice the mileage of a typical HEV, doesn’t it make sense to move in that direction?

What are we saying, technology is moving in this direction.  Until batteries are so efficient as to carry cars for 600 miles or more, PHEV will be a welcome next phase.  We hope to find those where we have a choice between letting the onboard computer chose when to kick in the gas engine to recharge and let use chose when not to.  If we are close to home and will be recharging soon, there is no point in wasting gas.

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