Hybrid Cars Will Soon Become Extended Range Electric Cars Beginning Next Year
It was only a couple of years ago when Hybrid cars were not taken seriously, even when presented at auto shows, most people believed it was a market which would tank. However, when gas prices soared to record levels in 2008, consumers and auto makers took another look at using alternative energy in new electric cars. There are several plug-in prototypes on the market from various car manufacturers, but General Motors Corp and Ford Motor Company are unveiling some incredible information about their future electric cars.
The 2011 Chevy Hybrid Volt hybrid car can travel up to 40 miles without using a single drop of gasoline. This might change as GM is still building prototypes in an effort to extend the mileage. This Volt is a complete gas-free alternative solution.
For commuters who drive less than 40 miles per day, the Volt is the ideal plug-in car which can charge from home. However, the hybrid plug-in electric car also has a new revolutionary propulsion system to generate electric power with a gasoline engine. It can provide extended drives when combined with the lithium-ion battery and the gas-powered engine.
Ford also has an aggressive plan to bring plug-in hybrid cars to the market during the next four years. The plan introduces new fuel efficiency solutions for automobiles and will offer the next-generation hybrids. The company expects to have a new hybrid electric van by the year 2010.
Plug-in electric cars have become a top priority for every American automaker. Ford wants to take the lead by offering a new battery electric commercial van in 2010 and a new hybrid electric vehicle in 2011. The automaker also plans to offer a new hybrid plug-in version by 2012.
Ford says that there is a growing number of consumers who want the hybrid choice in multiple vehicle categories, especially the popular models. The new electric vehicles will have a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. The hybrid cars will not use a single drop of gasoline.
Toyota also has a vehicle which has solar panels. The automaker has already developed a prototype hybrid car plug-in which uses solar panels to charge its battery. As technology in batteries continue to advance, primary recharging methods could soon be solar panels.
Most commuters only travel up to 40 miles or less per day. Just imagine, if you will, leaving home for work and using only electric power emitting zero carbon emissions. The technology for these automobiles to store energy using a lithium-ion battery is here today.
Power companies are also converting to clean energy, which is generated by a wide variety of methods including wind, solar, hydropower and nuclear.