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Whats Next for Electric Cars

There is an interesting article in this weeks Bloomberg Businessweek magazine on electric cars. Two major models are coming out this year; the Nissan Leaf which was discussed in an earlier blog, and the Chevy Volt which is a General Motors car due out in the US later this year.

Our Green Minister is very interested in electric cars, but as the article commented, and indeed we have commented here before, electric cars are only as green as the method in which electricity in generated, which looking at the Irish grid at the moment, puts a bit of a dent in the sustainability argument. Notwithstanding this, as our grid eventually takes in tidal, wind, wave and solar power, these cars will make an impact in the future.

The article also goes on to highlight so newer designs by entrepreneurial companies in the US, including the Tango by Commuter Cars, the Zap Alias by Zap Electric Cars and the CityCar developed by Smart Cities and MIT Media Lab.

Are friends electric? Well, our cars at least may be…

  1. Tara Connolly
    May 24, 2010 at 12:53

    Electric vehicles will no doubt play an important role in helping us reach our 2020 RES-T target but the roll-out of infrastructure is painfully slow.

  2. May 24, 2010 at 13:34

    Thanks for the mention, but part of the goal with electric cars is to lessen the use of oil. The use of electricity also allows greater use of renewably generated electricity from solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and other forms of power. Smart charge control technology can also balance the grid to ensure that millions of electric cars can be recharged simultaneously while ensuring cleaner, more affordable power.

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