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In the early 90s, electric cars were the stuff of electric dreams, but by 1997 Toyota was introducing the hybrid electric car known as a Toyota Prius and they very quickly became a common sight on our roads (particularly in Los Angeles!). It took other manufacturers awhile to catch on, but it is expected that over the next few years, many more electric cars will be introduced by a variety of car manufacturers.
Mainstream manufacturers like Vauxhall and Ford are planning on introducing their first electric cars as early as this year, while Peugeot, Citroen and Renault have already introduced their first electric car offerings and are working on expanding their range, and improving the performance of their electric cars.
There have been many problems along the way with electric cars. The biggest problem at the moment is the range. A lot of these cars have only got 100 mile radius and then a nine hour plus recharge time. This has obviously limited the sales of the vehicles already out in the market place. Can you imagine how long it would take you to drive to Scotland from London if you had to take a nine hour break from driving every hour?! And you would also have to take a circuitous route to make sure you reached a charging point at the end of that 100 miles. Not the most convenient of vehicles if you need to do more than make short journeys around town! Read the rest of this entry »