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10 Facts You May Not Know About Electric Cars

History of the Electric Car

The Nov/Dec 2011 Energy Key Findings on reports that 42% of drivers have little knowledge about electric-only vehicles. Below we’ve compiled a list of 10 facts about electric cars to jump-start your knowledge base:

  1. Some models of electric cars switch to a gasoline-powered engine once the battery is drained
  2. The Chinese government wants to have 500,000 electric cars and public transportation vehicles on the road by 2015 (as reported by The Economist, June 30, 2011)
  3. The average electric vehicle can travel up to 100 miles per charge.
  4. Some states offer rebates and tax credits to residents who purchase electric vehicles
  5. The average cost of an electric vehicle is about $20,000 (baseline)
  6. 100% Electric-powered vehicles don’t require exhaust or emissions tests
  7. The battery in an electric vehicle can last several years (generally the lifespan of the car for lithium-ion batteries)
  8. All electric cars are not “small.”
  9. The top three electric cars include the Nissan LEAF, Ford Focus Electric, and the Mitsubishi i (from
  10. Your chances of running out of charge when stuck in traffic are about the same in an electric car as in a gasoline-fueled car.

Check out the November/December 2011 Key Findings on to learn more Energy Facts

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