Electric Cars

4/2/2009

An electric car is powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. The electric motor gets energy from a controller, which regulates the amount of power—based on the driver’s use of an accelerator pedal. The electric car (also known as electric vehicle or EV) uses energy stored in its rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common household electricity. Examples of electric cars: Nissan LEAF, Tesla Roadster, Ford Focus Electric (end of 2011). Accenture forecasts 1.5 million electric vehicles in the United States by 2015.
Note:
Unlike a hybrid car—which is fueled by gasoline and uses a
battery and motor to improve efficiency—an electric car is
powered exclusively by electricity.
 
 
 

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