Despite efforts by the auto makers and oil company groups to discourage
people from driving Battery Electric Vehicles,
EV DRIVERS, and WOULD-BE EV DRIVERS,
LOVE THEIR NON-POLLUTING Electric Vehicles!
proving every day that
Electric Cars are practical, economical, and fun to drive!
We've driven our Honda EV+, GM 1997 EV1, GM 1999 EV1, Ford EV Ranger(click for EVRanger website)
and Toyota RAV4 EV to work each and every day for tens of thousands of miles without significant problem and with
great enjoyment. We often refuse to drive our one gas vehicle, which sits dusty and forlorn in the driveway month
after month. EVs are sufficient for the transportation needs of a family that drives a total of 50,000 miles per
Experiences with the HondaEV+, EV1, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, etc., prove that
Electric Vehicles are an exciting, efficient solution to the single-occupant commuter problem, help the grid, and
are reliable, fun cars to drive. I drove one to work every day for 10 years, flawless fun clean driving with
energy we made ourself on our own solar rooftop system.
We've driven the Honda EV+ to Eugene, OR, Tahoe, Vegas, SF, Sacto, and the EV1
to SF, Vegas, Toronto and NY, and the RAV4 to sacramento. From the first, EV drivers have "pushed the limits",
proving EVs are
Driving the Future!
- Recharging off peak
-- An EV charges SLOWLY overnight during off-peak periods of electric usage at a special low rate using off-peak
electicity. It starts out every morning completely full, no more smelly gas stations!.
The average car sits idle 23 hours per day -- fast charge not needed.
- Quick and fast ---
The electric motor delivers its maximum power at a standing start, leading to quick acceleration. Maximum speed
is limited electronically to: 85 for EV+, 80 for EV1, 78 for Ford Ranger EV, 80 for Toyota RAV4 EV.
- Ample Range ---
EV+, about 120 miles, 1197 EV1, about 110 miles, 1999 EV1, 140 miles, Toyota RAV4 EV, about 105 miles ... or up
to 200 miles per day if you "plug-in" at work.
- Take it anywhere --- No
exhaust fumes, no smog checks, oil changes or leaks. Fewer
brake particles due to electric braking, regen braking sucks the energy of motion back into the battery instead
of burning brake linings!
- Quiet --- No
start up engine roar, just concentrate on driving. Great
traction for driving on snow or muddy ground.
- Reliable ---
Brushless motor has one moving part, no
wrist pins, fuel pump, rods, cams, valves, carb, smog pump, gas
tank, transmission, clutch, flywheel, starter motor, distributor, spark plugs, crankshaft, head gasket, oil seal,
oil pump, valve lifters, piston rings, pistons, etc., etc. --
thousands of things that cannot go wrong with an EV! An EV can be powered by hi-tech lead acid batteries (up to
110 miles range) or Nickel Metal Hydride ("NiMH") batteries (120 to 140+ miles).
Early versions of the NiMH battery (1990) carried the Solectria Sunrise
- Regenerative braking
-- When you take your foot off the accelerator, the motor becomes a generator, sucking the energy of motion back
into the battery. ABS brakes are automatically applied in emergency stops. Energy spent climbing uphill is recovered
on the way down, rather than wasted burning up brakes. Regenerative braking makes driving in stop-and-go rush hour
traffic smooth and effortless. Coming
down from Big Bear, we're recharging our Electric car, while all around us brakes are burning!
- EV uses no power when stopped --- Gas engines are inefficient at low speed, but an EV motor has no need to idle.
- Zero smog ---
Modern hi-tech natural gas power plants are about 97% cleaner than the cleanest conventional car (Cal AQMD, Cal Energy Commission).
- Easy to drive ---
No clutch, no gear shift, full power is available as soon as you step on the pedal. People who take a test drive,
just start driving! You just concentrate on steering and stopping, there is no engine to start, no clutch to engage,
no difficult hill-side starts, no problem with stalling, no tense parallel parking episodes.
- All Driver Training courses should use EVs.
There's no reason to drive anything
else for commuting, errands, and local trips!
That's where most of our gasoline is burned, and our treasure drained off to pay for that "drug".