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The Electric Car; time to take action.

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Our cars say a lot about who we are, especially since they are one of the biggest ways that we affect our environment on a daily basis. Since the revolution of the Prius, Americans have begun to change the way they look at their vehicles, and are going with the “greener” choice. However, these cars can be quite expensive. The most affordable electric car on the market right now is the Mitsubishi MiEV at $21,625 MSRP. Personally, I think we can do better than that. After all, we’ve been making electric cars since the very beginning.

The first vehicles ever created were electric (no, electric cars are not new technology). In 1828, a Hungarian released a small-scale electric car and it went on from there. All cars were battery powered, and some even reached 68 mph! Of course, the discovery of oil in Texas changed everything and started our downhill spiral to now being stuck with outrageous gas prices and $50,000 Prius’. So why is it so difficult to produce these vehicles now? Why are car manufacturers getting “stuck” in the gas-guzzling trend? Politically, there’s a lot involved with the relationship between America and oil, but is that really what’s stopping us from making the switch to electric? Of course, it is a proven fact that using electricity to power our vehicles is a MUCH better environmental choice overall, so why are we still actively buying gasoline powered vehicles?

Take a look at the diagram below (source: http://wawiti-mobillistrik.blogspot.com/2012/08/working-of-electric-cars.html). I think this is an excellent camparison, and gives us a solid idea of what the differences are.

comparison-gasoline-and-electric-car

What’s the main component stopping us from making the change from gas to electric? In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of going completely electric? 

Sustainable Socially Jordan benShea

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