An Introduction To Electric vehicles

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A brief introduction to the benefits of electric vehicles and how they are now becoming part of particular industries. GLH is a leading London Private Car Hire company. www.glh.co.uk

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An Introduction To Electric vehicles

  1. 1. An Introduction To Electric Vehicles A brief introduction to the benefits of electric vehicles and growing presence within the private transport industry.By Zoe Powers
  2. 2. An Introduction To Electric VehiclesWhen it comes to electric vehicles, 3 main kinds exist;3. There are those that are directly powered from an external power source4. There are those that are powered by stored electricity originally from an external power source, and6. There are those that are powered by an on-board electrical generator; • e.g. an internal combustion engine (as with a hybrid electric vehicle) or a hydrogen fuel cell.
  3. 3. An Introduction To Electric VehiclesElectric vehicles include; • Electric cars • Electric trains • Electric lorries • Electric aeroplanes • Electric boats and • Electric motorcycles and scooters
  4. 4. An Introduction To Electric VehiclesBecause of the efficiency that electric engines have when you compare them to a typical combustion engine, even when the electricity used to charge vehiclescomes from a CO2 emitting source, e.g. as a coal or gas fired powered plant, theoverall net production of CO2 from an electric car is typically one third to onehalf that of the combustion vehicle.Pretty amazing.
  5. 5. An Introduction To Electric VehiclesThe internal combustion engine (ICE) is the dominant propulsion method formotor vehicles but electric power has remained commonplace in other vehicletypes, such as trains and smaller vehicles of all types.Many electric designs have limited range, due to the low energy density ofbatteries compared to the fuel of internal combustion engine vehicles.
  6. 6. An Introduction To Electric VehiclesIn 2003 the Energy Information Administration estimated there would be 55,852full-electric vehicles in 2004, with an annual growth rate of 39.1% (excluding inthis estimation electric hybrids).In the current year, 2012, it would seem the growth rate hasn’t quite continuedas forecasted in the West, but certainly China has a lot of development in playregarding elelctric powered vehicles and other types of sustainable transport.
  7. 7. An Introduction To Electric Vehicles In the USA in states which have a tiered electricity rate schedule, fuel for electricvehicles today costs owners significantly more than fuel for a comparable gas-powered vehicle.Since electric vehicles use whatever electricity is delivered by their electricalutility/grid operator, electric vehicles can be made more or less efficient,polluting and expensive to run, by modifying the electrical generating stations.
  8. 8. An Introduction To Electric VehiclesIt is also possible to have hybrid electric vehicles that derive electricity frommultiple sources.One such popular hybrid vehicle is the Toyota Prius – the flagship car in GLH’sgreen courier range.To find out more about our green car services or to discover how we can helpwith reducing your company’s carbon footprint, visit us as www.glh.co.uk orcall us on 020 8444 2468.Thank you
  9. 9. An Introduction To Electric Vehicles A brief introduction to the benefits of electric vehicles and growing presence within the private transport industry.By Zoe Powers

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