June 14, 2010

7 Cool Electric Cars

Not all electric cars have to be ugly little boxes. I can almost hear the sigh of relief. The increase in interest from auto makers suggests the majority of us will be driving one in the next 5 to 10 years. And as electric cars become more mainstream, like most technology, costs will go down and significant improvements will develop.

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Partnerships with major automakers mean that electric vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt, the Ford Transit Connect, the Ford Focus and the Smart Fortwo from Daimler AG will be available in the metropolitan areas with the stations.

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At the first set of traffic lights I pull up next to an Aston Martin. The driver, revving its engine, is trying to goad me into a drag race. As tempting as it might be to demonstrate for the second time that day why Newport Pagnell’s finest is no match for 400nm of instant torque, I decide it really isn’t necessary.

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California startup Coulomb Technologies is looking to pepper the country with thousands of public power stations for electric vehicles to juice up at. Does it feel too early for the all-electric future? Maybe, but apparently sales are picking up — 19,000 people have already preordered Nissan’s Leaf.

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