Electric Cars IV:
Project # 13 Electric and Hybrid Cars Today, Tomorrow, and Five years From Now

Write a paper (3 to 6 pages) about Electric and hybrid Cars: Today (2016), Tomorrow (2017) and Five Years from Now (2020). Research the Internet. Also include innovations which are coming in the future for all cars. Send as an attachment to an email.

Here are some questions for your research which may or may not be included in your paper.

1.    Besides the Volt, The LEAF*, and the Tesla, research the new electric vehicles which are or will be available in 2016 and 2017. Explain the Federal Tax Credit for these vehicles.

2.    GM announced the BOLT coming in 4th quarter this year or in 2017. Summarizes it.

3.    Nissan announced the 2nd Generation LEAF* coming soon. How is it different from the current LEAF*?

4.       What are the next innovations or models of the TESLA? Are they available locally and what do they cost?

5.       In what states are their electric grids available to the public?

6.       Do research on the current hybrid automobile, pros and cons. Is the HYBRID a long term solution

7.       What is a plug-in hybrid? Toyota currently has a plug-in Prius, but it is available only in 7 states and is not sold in Florida. How does it compare to the current generations of the Prius? How fast will it run on pure electricity? How many miles can you drive on pure electricity?

8.       Toyota has announced the Prius Prime, the next generation of Plug-in hybrid to be available in November 2016. How is it different from the first generation of plug-in Prius?

9.       Are any other automobile manufactures planning on releasing a Plug-in Hybrid?

10.   Describe the current hydrogen car initiative.

11.   What is FLEX fuel (pros & Cons)? E85 fuel? Can we buy E85 in Jacksonville? What cars today are on the highway which can use FLEX Fuel? Go I10 west out of Florida and signs advertise E85. Could you put it in your car?

12.   What are HHO projects to increase gas mileage? From do-it-yourself to commercially available systems what are the cost versus what are the savings. Date from your gasoline project might help you an swer this question.

13.   Do you know what the CAF… standards are for the Unites States. Explain the history and the current directive.

14.   Is there a next step toward gasoline independence, and conclude with suggestions which might solve our personal transportation problem.

15.   In August 2016 Volvo will have a new vehicle in the showroom which will do something amazing. What is it?

16.   What are the innovations in safety being incorporated into our automobiles today and tomorrow?

17.   As you research the Internet and find interesting videos, articles, and even U-Tubes please copy the link and post it in Blackboardís BLOG: Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Links

18.   Please inject you personal comments and opinions but label them so.

 

*The Nissan LEAF (also formatted "LEAF" as acronym for Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car) is a compact 5-door hatchback electric car

 

Here are some interesting References:

U-Tube videos:

Volt:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq1_NfsDNlM

Tesla Motors:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRd7ER7u-KU&NR=1

Nissan LEAF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f48x9baSuF0

(CNET Utube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzFkn5X6_5M )

 

Other Videos:

Nissan LEAF web site: http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/index?dcp=ppn.39666654.&dcc=0.216878497#/leaf-electric-car/index

 

Excellent LEAF Article: First Drive!

http://www.insideline.com/nissan/leaf/2011/2011-nissan-leaf-first-drive.html

Autopia article:

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/nissan-leaf-ev-price/

Nice Link questioning price gouging:

http://www.plugincars.com/nissan-leaf

 

Chevrolet and The Volt:

Official web site: http://www.chevrolet.com/pages/open/default/future/volt.do?seo=goo_|_2009_Chevy_Awareness_|_IMG_Chevy_Volt_Phase_2_Branded_|_Volt_HV_|_volt

How does the Volt have a 300 mile range versus the LEAF at 100?

Compare the current, Ford Focus EV, CODA, Mitsubishi i-MiEV , , Wheego LiFe, and the Volt. Look at the specs for the future cars: THINK City, Honda Fit EV, Scion iQ EV , Toyota RAV4 EV , Volkswagen E-Up! And Volkswagen E-Golf