Why Do We Need More Electric Cars by Seth Leitman

Excerpt from Build Your Own Electric Vehicle

Why do we need more electric cars on the road?

Electric cars are the cleanest, most efficient, and most cost-effective form of transportation around. Seriously, electric cars are high-performance vehicles that will continue to meet new challenges in the future.

Here are some other reasons why we do need to have more electric cars on the road:

  • No oil changes
  • No spark plugs
  • No other real repairs.
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  1. Electric cars represent the most environmentally friendly car fuel, as they have absolutely no emissions.The energy generated to power the electric car and the energy to move the car is 97 percent cleaner in terms of noxious pollutants.
  1. Another advantage of electric motors is their ability to provide power at almost any engine speed. Whereas only 20 percent of the energy in a gas car converts to actual, useable energy, 75 percent or more of the energy from a battery reaches the wheels.
  1. Less than 2 percent of U.S. electricity is generated from oil, so using electricity as a transportation fuel would greatly reduce dependence on imported petroleum.
  1. Even assuming that the electricity to power the EV is not produced from rooftop solar or natural gas (let’s assume it comes 100 percent from coal), it is still much cleaner than gasoline produced from petroleum!
  1. The power plants are stationary sources that can be modified over time to become cleaner.
  1. The electric car would cost no more than $1.25 to fill up regularly. In New York terms, that’s less than a token on the subway.

Information taken from The Need To Build Electric Vehicles Now! by Seth Leitman and Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, 2nd Edition by Seth Leitman and Bob Brant.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.