Electric Vehicles (EVs)

EV charge plug

Electric vehicles (EVs) are propelled by an electric motor (or motors) powered by rechargeable battery packs. EVs have several advantages over vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEs):

  • Energy efficient. Electric vehicles convert about 59–62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels—conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17–21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.*
  • Environmentally friendly. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, although the power plant producing the electricity may emit them. Electricity from nuclear-, hydro-, solar-, or wind-powered plants causes no air pollutants.
  • Performance benefits. Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than ICEs.
  • Reduce energy dependence. Electricity is a domestic energy source.

EVs do, however, face significant battery-related challenges:

  • Driving range. Most EVs can only go about 100–200 miles before recharging—gasoline vehicles can go over 300 miles before refueling.
  • Recharge time. Fully recharging the battery pack can take 4 to 8 hours. Even a “quick charge” to 80% capacity can take 30 min.
  • Battery cost: The large battery packs are expensive and may need to be replaced one or more times.
  • Bulk & weight: Battery packs are heavy and take up considerable vehicle space.

However, researchers are working on improved battery technologies to increase driving range and decrease recharging time, weight, and cost. These factors will ultimately determine the future of EVs.

Here are some EV’s we are interested in…

Tesla

Telsa - Model S

 

 

 

Ford Focus

2013 Ford Focus Electric

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron

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Ward’s Auto Reveals 10 Best Engines for 2013

For the 19th year in a row Ward’s revealed their 10 best engines for 2013.  This year’s list was open to all engines in production vehicles that are on sale within the first quarter of 2013 and carrying an MSRP of less than $55,000. Each engine was scored based on power, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness, and NVH characteristics.

BMW, Honda, and Ford are the big winners. Four-cylinder engines comprise half the list, six-cylinder engines take four places, and one V-8 engine survives to earn recognition, as well. Ward’s isn’t forgetting about hybrids and electric vehicles — though 11 were evaluated, none made the cut.

Here’s the list…
Automaker Engine Evaluated in…
Audi 3.0L Supercharged DOHC V-6 Audi S5
BMW 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 BMW 328i
BMW 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 BMW 135is coupe
Chrysler Group 3.6L DOHC V-6 Ram 1500
Ford 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 Ford Focus ST/Taurus
Ford 5.8L Supercharged DOHC V-8 Ford Shelby GT500
Cadillac 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 Cadillac ATS
Honda 2.4L DOHC I-4 Honda Accord Sport
Honda 3.5L SOHC V-6 Honda Accord
Subaru 2.0L DOHC H-4 Boxer Subaru BRZ

What do you think of the list? Would you add or remove any of these engines?

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