Maybe we're still looking for the idea that will make EVs really take off. I've put together a few of the best ideas around electric cars that we've received on Planet Forward that could help transform EVs in 2012. Check out some of the ideas below and tell me your idea!
One of the ways to increase vehicle efficiency is to reduce the car's weight. Research from the National Bureau of Economic Research has shown that the average car is roughly 530 pounds -- that is 20 percent heavier -- than the average car on the road twenty years earlier. BMW's carbon-reinforced fiber that will help reduce the weight of the car, while still maintaining the safety and durability standards.
Anyone who drives in the city knows that there are a lot of cars on the road, especially when you're trying to find parking. MIT's electric CityCar puts all its engine parts in the wheels, making it extremely maneuverable and compact -- you can park 3-4 of these cars into one traditional parking spot.
What if you could drive straight across the country without ever having to refuel? That's the dream behind this idea -- using magnetic bars in roadways and pick-up coils in bottoms of cars so that your EV charges while you drive. "No need to stop at recharging stations" says Ira Sorkin, the member who submitted the idea. Researchers in Utah are starting to look into the idea, but say it may not happen for 10 or 20 years.
Featured in our April Special, Project Get Ready comes from Planet Forward member Al Dahlberg in Rhode Island. He's bringing together a determined coalition of interests to begin building an electronic vehicle infrastructure. Dahlberg's goal is to get 10,000 cars to be plug-ins in the next five years.
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