Why Electric Cars Are a Great Invention

Did you know that some of the very first automobiles were electric? The concept of the electric car is often considered to be the product of an oil-weary culture, but it is actually an original automobile concept. Basically an electric carriage without the horse, these first electric vehicles were developed in Europe and evolved into efficient, high-capacity, battery-operated autos by the early 1880s. These electric cars did not require gear-shifting, and were quieter and cleaner than the simultaneous gas-powered, internal combustion engine cars.

So what happened?

For one thing, American roads got longer and people needed cars that could be driven for longer distances. Another factor was the decline in American oil prices, making gas-powered cars cheaper to run. And Henry Ford developed the assembly line for manufacturing his gas-powered autos, making the gasoline car even more affordable.

Green Living Quick Car Tips

Cars are one of the biggest sources of pollution and greenhouse gases in our lives.  However, most of us still need our cars to get around.  If you can’t give up your car yet, you may be wondering what the best way to reduce its impact is.  The answer is making sure you’re getting the best fuel efficiency.  You’ll be improving your impact on the planet, as well as saving a little money, if you learn to drive your car so that you get the best mileage.  Here’s how.

Pay attention to your speed, for one.  It’s easy to feel like you’re in a hurry to get everywhere and be tempted to drive at high speeds.  However, you should avoid driving over fifty-five miles per hour if you want better mileage.  This means you’re less likely to end up in an accident, and you’ll get a better fuel efficiency.

Take the Bus or Train – It Does Make a Difference

With fuel prices unpredictable and concerns about consumption rising, many people are wondering if they should make changes to their lives.  The answer is yes, and there are simply ways to make things better.  For instance, choosing to get to work without taking the car can make a big difference in fuel consumption, pollution, CO2 emissions and traffic congestion.

Did you know that a twenty mile daily trip to work produces nearly a thousand pounds of carbon dioxide – even if your car is brand new?  That’s like a dozen twenty pound bags of charcoal.  To neutralize that carbon contribution, you’d need to plant around a hundred and fifty sugar maples, and that doesn’t count the rest of your driving.  Think about how many trees you’d need to neutralize the carbon emissions caused by the travel of everyone in your family, or your whole neighborhood!

Truth or Myth: Electric Vehicles

When it comes to electric vehicles, there are many different myths surrounding them.  It is important that you know the truth about these vehicles.  Here is a look at the myths and the real truth behind them.

Myth #1 – There is not enough range in an electric vehicle.  You’ll get stranded.

This is a huge myth.  The facts are that most Americans only drive about 40 miles each day.  Most of the electric vehicles out there have ranges that are double that and more.  You can charge them at any outlet as well.  All you have to do is plan things out a little to use your vehicle if you need to travel further.  On a combination of gasoline and electricity, these vehicles can go about 300 miles or more.

Wal-Mart testing Hybrid Diesel Trucks

When it comes to class-8 trucks, Wal-Mart announced that it plans on doing some tests on two different types of hybrid options.  They also plan on testing some alternative fuel options as well.  Why? They want to improve the fuel efficiency of their fleet.  In the past few years, they have been able to increase their efficiency by 25 percent and they are working to double this amount within the next few years.

The problem is that the class-8 trucks they use are huge.  In fact, they have 10 tires, three axles, and weight more than 30,000 pounds a piece.  Currently these trucks are being used by Wal-Mart to help distribute their products.  However, they are not testing a couple different hybrid options.  One is available from Eaton and Peterbilt and the other comes from ArvinMeritor.