Recent Stories About Electric Vehicles:
- AeroVironment Chargers for Ford EVs
- Tesla Turns a Profit, Credits 12% of Sales
- Electrovaya Shipping to Dongfeng Motor
- Another $100 Million from California
- Blink EV Chargers for Texas Instruments
What are Electric Vehicles?
Lacking a very tailpipe, electric vehicles remain the holy grail of clean transportation.
EV design is far fundamentally simpler than the design of internal combustion engine
vehicles, ultimately promising cheaper and more reliable cars and trucks, but the
challenge of energy storage – the battery – persists. Single-charge range remains low: it has historically been very low, and has prevented mass market success.
Lead acid batteries have given way to nickel metal hydride used in most commercial
hybrid electric vehicles today, with lithium ion technology being used for most pure
battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Nearly all automotive OEMs either offer or are preparing EVs, and numerous
companies are developing and installing networked chargers allowing drivers to pay
for their electricity electronically.