Electric Cars For Sale

When it comes to electric cars you should know that they have become pretty popular today. It seems that the rise in gas prices are turning lots of individuals to the world of electric cars. If you are considering purchasing one then you should take the time to read through this article. Within this article we are going to tell you some basic information on electric cars.

First off an electric car is a vehicle that is using one or maybe more electric motors for propulsion. Electric cars are also called electric drive vehicle. These cars don't feed off of gas but instead they feed off of electricity. The electric car will run off of something such as batteries, a generator or even fuel cells. If we have already caught your attention by saying you will no longer have to pay for gas to put in your car then please continue reading.

If you are looking for an electric car then you should know you can find them almost anywhere inside the United States, United Kingdom and lots of other places around the world. When looking for your car you will want to do a bit of research on it before you purchase it. You should also make sure you do not get ripped off and pay too much. Before you go looking for sales you should make sure you familiarize yourself with the prices. In some places you will find car dealers charging way too much for an electric car and individuals do not even realize it and fall for this trick. Do you know why individuals fall for this overpriced car trick? This is because they have not taken the time to familiarize themselves with the prices of electric cars.

The invention for electric cars has been underway for a long time now and they have finally had a breakthrough. We believe if you choose to purchase an electric vehicle you will be saving on having to pay for gas. Yes, electric cars may be a bit more costly than those regular cars but it is well worth it. We say this because with gas prices today if you stick with the average car you will end up spending more on gas than you would on a car. We don't think you will be seeing an electric powered car in the Nascar races anytime soon but you can count on one passing you on the road.



High Gas Prices are Another Great Reason to Invest in a Hybrid Vehicle

Are high gas prices making you wince too? I am sure you have been using the Ostrich Technique like me and ignoring the rising fuel prices but eventually you need to come up for air. Let's face it the problem is only going to get worse according to news reports. Perhaps now is as good a time as any to begin looking into more fuel efficient alternatives. Maybe it's time I switch my vehicle and start looking at more fuel efficient options.

Now let me paint you a quick picture about my life-style and SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). It is only 6 years old and has been fully maintained and therefore it runs really well and is in great condition. I am either strapping a kayak on the roof rack or wheeling my mountain bike into the back. I've spent the night in it (alone of course) while camping because the tent I was planning on using had a leak. In the winter I enjoy pushing through the snow on my often un-plowed street, and yes I do pay city taxes! These are moments where I really value and enjoy my SUV. However, I find myself at the pumps more often grinding my teeth while anxiously awaiting the click of the handle. Scary? I think so.

Here lies my dilemma. Do I have to forego my enjoyment of an SUV to save money and help the environment? Apparently I do not. Here is an option. I trade in my current SUV for a newer fuel-efficient one, perhaps even a Hybrid.

More and more vehicle manufacturers are racing towards designing the optimum fuel saver. The Natural Resources Canada website was a good start for me to research which vehicles are fuel efficient. Here they list the ecoENERGY awards for vehicles that top their categories in fuel efficiency. The categories ranged from 2-seater vehicles such as the Smart Car to very large vans such as the Chevrolet Express Cargo Van. Yes the Chevrolet Express Cargo Van won an award for fuel consumption but only when compared to other vans in it's respective category. This doesn't mean that the Chevrolet Express Cargo Van is great on fuel; it says that this particular van is better than other similar vehicles. Taking top honours in the special purpose vehicle category was the Ford Escape Hybrid. It seems large enough for my gear and it has a rugged and sporty look. I am very impressed with the low fuel consumption for city driving and I am looking forward to taking it out for a test drive. I also want to mention the Toyota Highlander Hybrid as a contender but I will stick with the Ford Escape Hybrid for this scenario.

Now lets talk about the cost. The cost for me to continue driving my current SUV would be about $3388 per year for fuel at a price of $1.10 per litre. If I was to switch to a hybrid like the Escape I would pay about $1232 per year to drive the same amount of mileage. The annual savings would be $2057 and 28 less trips to the pumps! As price of fuel increases, so would my savings.

The savings don't stop there if you reside in Canada. The Canadian Government initiated the ecoAUTO rebate program in March of 2007 as an incentive to promote fuel-efficient vehicles. For the Ford Escape Hybrid I would enjoy a rebate of $2000 provided I meet the criteria.

I get a newer vehicle, I save fuel and I get a rebate on the initial purchase, great. I then use these savings to reduce my new monthly payments, even better. But what are the costs associated with driving a Hybrid that are different from what I am used to? That will be a topic for later discussion as I continue my research. I will be heading out to test drive the Ford Escape Hybrid and look for my next article where I will compare the Ford Escape to my 2002 Nissan Xterra SE. If the Escape Hybrid is as good as it seems I may hold off on asking my credit card company for a credit limit increase to cover fill-ups.



What Is a Plug In Car?

The difference between a plug in car (Electric Car) and a Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) isn't so much in what you get with the electric plug in car, but what you don't get with it. The electric car doesn't have a gas-powered motor; it gets all of its power from an electric motor, which is powered by a battery.

Electric cars are becoming more appealing due to the rising price of gas and the focus on global warming and the affect that the combustion engine is having on our environment. The vast majority of pollution plaguing our environment today is from gas combustion engines. In the United States the most carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide air pollution stems from our automobiles.

Plug in cars using electricity derived from clean sources such as wind and solar have little effect on the environment which will cause a decrease in global warming concerns.

Plug in cars cost about .03 -.05 cents per mile so although the initial investment is anywhere from $2,000 - $10,000 more than a conventional car, you can get your money back through the fuel savings and, on some models, tax savings.

In addition, plug-in cars require very little maintenance. There is much less wear and tear on the brakes and there are less moving parts than the typical car.

Electric cars don't use mufflers, spark plugs, air filters or oil filters. Your only maintenance concerns and costs will be shocks, windshield wipers and tires. That's even more savings to help offset the higher initial investment.

The manufactures are stepping in to help with longer warranties the most common manufacturers; Toyota, Honda and Ford all provide 8-10 year warranties on their electric vehicles. This will also help keep your maintenance cost down.

Electric cars are charged with a battery pack, will last approximately 100 miles and will take approximately 10-20 hours to completely charge.

With the plug in car (PHEV) and a 240 outlet in your garage, you can cut the charge time in half. This allows you to simply plug the vehicle in over-night and you have a constant source of energy to run your vehicle.

The greatest advantage the plug in car has over the electric vehicle is that the plug in car has a fuel tank as a back-up. This way you don't have to worry about getting stranded.

With the PHEV you have the best of both worlds in one vehicle. On one hand you have the electric option for in-town usage, and the gas tank choice for longer distances. The engine will recharge the battery as the car is in motion. Imagine comparing it to a generator.

A fascinating bonus, the PHEV can provide enough electricity for your complete house should you have a power outage. That's good to know if you ever find yourself in the dark.

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What's Up with Hybrid Vehicles?

If the price of gasoline has got you scared, and you're thinking about maybe trading in your car for a moped, you've got half the solution right. It might be time to trade in your car, but forget the moped - get a hybrid car instead.

The dictionary defines the word hybrid as: Offspring resulting from breeding between parents of two different species, and that's a good definition for our purposes. That's because a hybrid car has a power plant that's a cross between a gasoline powered engine and an electric motor.

What's the big deal about hybrid cars?

The automobile industry claims that a hybrid car can give you as much as 20 to 30 miles per gallon more performance than a standard gasoline engine. That means that you buy less gasoline, and buying less gasoline leaves more money in your pocket. You'll need that extra money, however, because hybrid cars are still relatively expensive compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars. As more hybrid cars are sold, manufacturing prices will drop, and that drop will be seen in the selling price.

How does a hybrid car save gasoline?

In a typical automobile, the engine is connected to the transmission via a mechanical link called the drive train. When the engine's sparkplugs fire, they ignite gasoline vapor which pushes a piston up and down. This piston movement gets transferred to the transmission via the drive train. The transmission turns the wheels and the car goes down the road.

Well, the hybrid car is almost exactly the same except that in addition to the engine being connected to the transmission, an electric motor is also connected to the transmission. Actually, there are two different versions of hybrid cars. The one that was just described is called a parallel hybrid, because there are two different energy sources connected in parallel to the transmission.

The other type of hybrid car is called a series hybrid because the gasoline engine works in series with the electric motor to power the car. This is accomplished by having the gasoline engine either charge the car's batteries, or power the electric motor. The gasoline engine doesn't actually turn the car's wheels at all.

The parallel hybrid operates off of the electric motor when the car is being driven below a certain speed, and the gasoline engine kicks in when that speed is exceeded, or when sensors in the car indicate that the driver has accelerated suddenly as if to pass or to avoid an emergency situation.

Of course, the gasoline engine is always running even when the electric motor is powering the car, so some gasoline is always being used.

The series hybrid is always running off of the electric motor, which restricts the top speed of the car, and the gasoline engine only kicks in when the batteries need to be charged.

Like all automotive claims, your mileage may vary. Even so, if you're looking to spend less money at the gas station, and avoid much of the effect of rising gas prices, you might want to park a hybrid car in your garage.



Why You Should Get Your LPG Conversion Today

If you are contemplating whether or not to take your car through LPG conversion, then here are the answers you have been looking for. You have probably heard about the benefits that come with LPG conversions, but maybe you just need to hear them again, just to make sure. Read on and get the information you need to make a speedy decision.

Cleaner Environment

Getting the LPG conversion will mean that driving your car ceases to be an activity that is harmful to the environment. You may not be an environmental preservation activist, but it doesn't hurt to play your part in the conservation of the environment. While you may not necessarily improve the quality of your own life significantly, you could be saving the lives of future generations.

Cold Starting

Maybe environmental benefits are not enough to convince you. Let's take a look at the benefits to your car. In contrast to diesel, LPG as a fuel makes cold starting quite easy. If you are always in a hurry and you cannot keep giving your car the time to warm up, switching to LPG will ensure that you do not wear out your engine with constant cold starting.

Better Than Diesel

Engine performance for vehicles that use LPG is similar to petrol. This is good news for those whose vehicles run on diesel. You not only get better engine performance, but it also comes at a lower cost. Further, with LPG conversions, you have the benefit of having two fuel options, since the LPG tank is different from that of our current fuel. This means that you get to pick the fuel that you want your vehicle to run on.

Engine Noise

With LPG, engine noise is reduced significantly. A vehicle whose engine rattles is simply annoying, and makes driving a less than pleasant experience for you as well as your passengers. This eliminates the option of taking a ride to clear your head as you can barely get past the noise. Once you get the conversion done, you can enjoy a quiet ride at the end of the day and literally hear yourself think.



Gas Tank Draining Your Budget? Go Hydrogen for Fuel!

Getting ready for summer? Ready to start packing up that tent or rv and hit the road? Did you save any money for gas? Fuel prices may have dropped a small amount, but just wait for the big drive of summer vacation. You and I both know the fuel prices will go right back up again.

Analyst are already predicting that summer of 2011 will come in higher than the previous record back in 2008. Economist are saying that people are feeling poorer than they really are because of having to spend so much in fuel just to go anywhere.

Stores Blame Gas Prices!

Wal-Mart is even blaming the high gas prices for having the lowest sales this year. Target is claiming they have fewer clothing sales due to the high fuel prices. Every time the cost of fuel increases by just fifty cents it takes Seventy Billion Dollars out of the economy. If the average person drives a vehicle with a 20 gallon tank and pays $5 a gallon for fuel, it costs them a hundred dollar bill every time they fill up.

Statistics say, nowadays families are spending more on fuel than on cars or recreation. The high prices of fuel are crimping the social life style as many of us know it. There is a 40% increase in spending on fuel than normal, only because of the high gas prices, not because there are more people traveling.

Increase Mileage 60%!

Now lets talk about installing a hydrogen on demand kit in your vehicle. A hydrogen kit is also known as a hydrogen generator, hydrogen on demand or water for fuel. After installing this kit on your car, you can increase your mileage by up to 60%.

Depending on the type of car, the age of the car, and the type driver of the car, the percentage of mileage increase will vary. Lets say the average person gets a 30% increase in fuel mileage, now when someone fills their 20 gallon tank, it will be just like keeping thirty dollars in your pocket. The water for fuel kit is very safe, works on any size vehicle, and it does not matter if the auto runs on gas or diesel.

People have to use their vehicle to go places no matter where they live. In some big cities you could ride your bicycle, but what happens if you have small children? What happens if you need to get a lot of groceries? People are traveling to go to the doctors, the dentist, taking children to school, especially if they live in a rural area.

We All Pay The Price!

We are all hopeful that some time in the future there will be some sort of vehicle that will not be dependent on fuel, but until that happens we all have to pay the price. So why continue to shell out unwanted money when you could be saving?

Installing a hydrogen generator will save you money, the money that you can now go on that summer vacation with. Money that you can now buy more food with, or even pay more of your bills. The cost for the kit is minimal for what you will be saving. You pay for it once and use it for the rest of your life. Get a new car, just change it over. These kits even work on boats. So lets start having a fun summer vacation again. Lets increase our mileage, put money back into our pocket and best of all help lower green house emissions.

Julianne Rowat, the author, is an online home business entrepreneur. She writes to energize people and to show them how to create their own financial freedom. Her husband and her travel all around the United States in their motor home while working their online home business. Their mission is to help others all over the world succeed in their own online home business.