The concept of the electric car has been around for quite a while, though the only real practical electric car as of late has been the downtown cable cars, though I guess those could technically qualify as trains instead. The largest issue for the longest time has been trying to pack the energy density necessary into battery packs for be able to go anywhere practical. Lead batteries have existed for some time, though they don’t pack nearly the same energy density as lithium batteries do. Which is partially why electric cars have only recently reimerged onto the cutting edge of the car market. As we’ve invested more research into lithium battery packs for laptops, car makers have realized the potential in new electric cars.
I have an interest now in getting either an electric car, or a hybrid. I have an aging Ford Mustang ’98 which has seen some better days. With the transmission now slipping, and the check engine light flashing every week or two it’s time to find a new car. With as few miles as I’m putting on it I still pay close to $200 a month on it in gas. I figured in looking for a new car, if I could buy or lease a new car for roughly the same cost in gas then I wouldn’t mind leasing. The trade off ultimately would be whether I could save as much in efficiency with better mileage to makeup the cost for a lease. With an electric car, you don’t even have to pay for gas, though unfortunately with the money down, and the cost to install charger in your home, the cost is comparable to a prius. Aside from other drawbacks with electric cars like maintenance, and traveling range, and recharge time. Electric cars are really appealing, they can have good performance as noted with the Tesla Roadster, or they can be ultra efficient as with the Aptera 2e which was claiming a whopping 300MPGe (it’s now unfortunately discontinued until further notice)