Electric Car Dealers Newark NJ
Lynn Chevrolet Service Department
461 Kearny Avenue
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers
Phils Auto Sales
685 CARY AVE
Staten Island, NY
Lincoln Plaza Auto Sales Inc
712 THIRD AVE
G&I Auto Sales
225 UNION AVENUE
V&S Auto Sales
91 S 8TH ST
South Orange Imported Cars Inc
343 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Auto Dealers
McGuire Buick Pontiac GMC
7027 Kennedy Boulevard
North Bergen, NJ
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers
Amalfi Auto Sales Inc
149 WILLOW AVE
Staten Island, NY
Sports and Classics
517 East 73rd Street
New York, NY
Auto Glass Repair,Auto Inspection,Emissions Testing,Fabrication and Restoration,Auto Dealers
Grand Prix Auto Sales
264 THOMAS ST
Staten Island, NY
Owning an Electric Car
Electric Vehicles: 2009 and Beyond, Part II
2011 Chevrolet Volt
See Part I: How Electric Vehicles Work
See A History of the Electric Vehicle
By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor
What You Can Buy Now
With regards to fully crash-tested, highway safe electric vehicles here in the U.S., pickings are noticeably slim (read: there’s only one). Right now, city cars or neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are still more prevalent. These are not highway safe and remain speed limited because of a lack of safety testing and pesky little safety features like airbags. It is not that they don’t care if little Jimmy in the backseat is involved in an accident, the small companies don’t have the capital for the testing and implementation of all the features. To cover the expensive overheads of new technology, the city cars aren’t a cheap proposition and are frequently bought as company vehicles for within business parks and resorts.
The ZENN car is a perfect example. This two-seater is limited at 25 mph and has a range of about 35 miles. If you are staying within city limits and just running errands, this is a great zero-emissions option. It is expensive at a starting price of $15,995, and luxuries like air conditioning will bump the cost up considerably.
GEM, owned by Chrysler, is another city car company. They lean heavily toward work trucks and bear a strong resemblance to golf carts. With a 30-mile maximum per charge and a limited speed of 25 mph, these vehicles are only allowed on roads with a posted speed limit of 35 and below.
Rick Kasper, its President and COO, is positive about the future of these city cars and has witnessed the EV market’s growth. “Since GEM cars first hit the roads in 1998, the market has transformed,” says Kasper. “With high gas prices and the movement to be more eco-friendly, both the fleet and retail automotive markets have become much more attracted to alternative fuel, economical transportation options including GEM cars, especially in 2008.”
Another EV maker, Zap, produces a three-wheeler EV for those looking to make a distinctive statement. Their Xebra Sedan is drivable for just 25 miles before a recharge is needed. The car may look goofy, but it does actually fit four passengers at a price of only $11,700. Like GEM, their utility vehicles seem to garner the most attention from corporate buyers – still the biggest purchasers of this technology.
Ok, but what if I’d like to hit the highway in my car?
The only road legal, fully electric car available as of print is the Tesla Roadster, which has just started hitting the streets. Only 30-something are driving around on our roads.
Martin Eberhard, founder and former CEO of Tesla, is a believer in the top-down approach to new technology. “If we make electric cars cool to own,” he says, “if they become desirable, the public will be more readil...
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