What is an Electric Car? 
An electric car is an automobile which is propelled by electric motor(s), using electrical energy stored in batteries or another energy storage device. Electric cars were popular in the late-19th century and early 20th century, until advances in internal combustion engine technology and mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles led to a decline in the use of electric drive vehicle. The energy crises of the 1970s and 80s brought a short lived interest in electric cars, but in the mid 2000s took place a renewed interest in the production of electric cars due mainly to concerns about rapidly increasing oil prices and the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions..continue..

Electric Cars use the energy stored in a battery (or series of batteries) for vehicle propulsion. Electric motors provide a clean and safe alternative to the internal combustion engine. There are many pros and cons about electric cars. The electric vehicle is known to have faster acceleration but shorter distance range than conventional engines. They produce no exhaust but require long charging times. This page provides articles about electric car technologies..continue..

1: The Electric Motor.
This one’s kinda obvious; it’s the motor which propels the car. The beauty of the electric motor is that it has only one moving part, unlike the internal combustion engine which typically has over a hundred moving parts. This alone makes electric motors a very reliable source of motive power. When choosing an electric motor, you’ll need to find one that’s suitable for your car’s system voltage, and the car’s voltage will determine what sort of performance your car will have. DC motors are tolerant things however, and you don’t have to be spot-on with your voltage. Just keep an eye on your motor’s temperature while you’re getting used to your electric car. Expect to pay anything from $0 for a used electric forklift motor, to $3000 for a high performance motor for your conversion..continue..

They say electric cars are good for the environment because they don’t consume fossil fuels that expel CO2 into the atmosphere. Of course the ideal use of electric vehicles is in tandem with charging the electric vehicle from renewable energy sources, otherwise the energy and CO2 you saved with not gassing up just increases the demand to the fossil fuel based powerplant to burn more fuel in order to generate electricity for charging..continue..

A typical conversion uses a DC controller and a DC motor. The person doing the conversion decides what voltage the system will run at -- typically anything between 96 volts and 192 volts. The voltage decision controls how many batteries the car will need, and what sort of motor and controller the car will use. The most common motors and controllers used in home conversions come from the electric forklift industry..continue..

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