A car stereo company in the US says its electric cars can provide enough energy to run an average US household for up to 30 hours, and that the cars are more affordable than traditional petrol and diesel models.
In the US, the average US family spends around $6,000 a year on energy and the electric car industry has been struggling to find new and affordable sources of electricity.
“Electric cars are now a mainstream product and they’re a viable alternative to traditional car ownership,” says Daniel Zieminski, chief executive of Car Stereo, which makes the car stereos.
The company’s vehicles, which are designed to use a combination of battery and electric motors, can provide the equivalent of 1,500 kilowatt hours of power, or 1,000 hours of electricity a year, and it says it is now selling them in about 10 US states. “
I think if you compare the cost of an electric car to the cost to buy a car, we think electric cars are really cheaper.”
The company’s vehicles, which are designed to use a combination of battery and electric motors, can provide the equivalent of 1,500 kilowatt hours of power, or 1,000 hours of electricity a year, and it says it is now selling them in about 10 US states.
“We have about 1,400 of these models on our website, and we are seeing interest in the product,” Mr Zieminsky says.
He says the cars have been sold in about 40 US states, and in many of those states, the cars can run on their own, and not rely on a fuel cell. “
We know that this is not going to work for everybody.”
He says the cars have been sold in about 40 US states, and in many of those states, the cars can run on their own, and not rely on a fuel cell.
He says sales have been particularly strong in Florida and the Dakotas, where there are a number of large cities and the number of electric car owners has grown rapidly.
The company was recently awarded a $25m federal grant from the US Energy Department to help it develop and market its electric car range-extending technology.
Mr Zeminski says he hopes that the US will soon be able to tap into the energy generated from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
The technology involves capturing energy from the sun, converting it into electricity and then sending that energy to a battery and the battery then storing it.
“Our batteries can store electricity, but they can also store heat,” he says.
The cars can also be converted into a range-increasing device by the user, who could have it set to use 20 per cent of its energy as the car’s battery is being depleted.
The range-enhancing technology can be set to run off a small solar panel on the roof, which can store solar energy when it’s sunny, or when the battery is charging.
Mr Tinsley says the technology could be used in the future to power homes with solar panels.
The US has already had success with the concept of storing electricity from the grid to power cars, and the government is working on a national energy storage program that could be ready by 2020.
However, electric car buyers in the United States have to pay extra for the technology, which may be more expensive than the fuel cell battery.
Mr Dyer of the US Clean Energy Finance Corporation says the range-based technologies have already been used in Germany and Japan.
“It’s not an overnight thing.
It’s been around for a long time,” he said.
However, the US has faced a major backlash from the fossil fuel industry, which is demanding the US government provide incentives to electric car users. “
One thing that I’d like to see is some government incentives for electric car use.”
However, the US has faced a major backlash from the fossil fuel industry, which is demanding the US government provide incentives to electric car users.
In response, the federal government has been looking for ways to make the range extenders more competitive with conventional vehicles.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is currently working on an energy efficiency tax credit, and a new rule will allow the government to provide incentives for the purchase of electric cars in some areas.
“The range extender is one of those things that I think is very exciting, but also important for our economy,” Mr Dyers says.