Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Green and Frugal: Are You Ready to Go Electric?

General Electric is participating in a new eco-themed project that's part of a new interactive program called "The GE Show." This month's episode is focused on the future of electric vehicles. There are some amazing tools included, so be sure to check it out.

Some interesting facts from the show:
  • Electric cars aren’t just part of the future – they’re part of the past as well. 35% of our cars were electric-powered in the early 1900’s, but were not widely adopted due to limited range and a lack of powering infrastructure.
  • Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle
  • Most people don’t know that many electric vehicles can handle their daily mileage easily. The average American drives 32.88 miles per day. The Nissan Leaf, for example, can go 100 miles in a single charge.
  • Projections show that there will almost be 14 million electric vehicles on the road in just 10 years.
  • For every mile, an EV owner only pays less than 2.5 cents per mile (as opposed to 10 cents per gas-powered mile)
  • If the estimates of 14 million EVs on the road by 2020 are accurate, it would mean close to 65 million tons fewer emissions
You can check out the whole episode below:


I'd love to hear what you think.

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  1. You know Im not a big fan of the electric car. Like sure its not going to be producing a lot pollution if any at all and its a great concept but once again its still flawed. Think about it, how do you charge the car? You plug it into your will and have it charging when you go home at night. I am almost positive that people's electric bills are going to sky rocket. So whats frugal about that? Its not very green either.

  2. It will take some time for electric vehicles to go mainstream, including having charging stations as convenient as gas stations. That said, it would still be cheaper to charge a vehicle vs. filling it up with gas, which is averaging $2.50/gallon. Plus, electric vehicles have lower emissions than gas-powered cars and we wouldn't be so dependent on foreign oil (and its fluctuating prices). I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons for electric vehicles being green and frugal. It's just a matter of time.