Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Silent Electric Car



I came across this article in an issue of the Manila Bulletin. It is about the i-MIEV or Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle presented at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The writer of the article was really impressed when he tried out the i-MIEV. Upon acceleration, the only thing he can hear is the sound the electric motor make. This is because the car is powered only by a rechargeable battery that can be plugged into any electrical outlet. Complete charging would take about seven hours but a quick charger using a 3-phase 200V-50 kw can charge the battery up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. How nice it would if the introduction of electric cars in our country will be given enough attention. It would be very helpful to the environment if this kind of car is used compared to gasoline-powered ones. There will be less pollution to the environment since it is not gas-dependent. Not only can we lessen air pollution, but noise pollution as well. If only our country would invest and focus on alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric, then, providing electricity for electric cars would be little easier and cheaper.