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While there are some concerns that need to be resolved, the electric vehicle will be the future of the auto industry. Recently there has been a lot of controversy about electric cars, hybrid-cars, and conventional cars. Each car brings its advantages and disadvantages to the table. While they all have a couple advantages on one another, electric cars will be the vehicle of choice in the future for all consumers because of the great opportunity of future development. The main factors that separate electric cars from hybrid cars and conventional cars are price, pollution, and battery life. People with conventional vehicles have been complaining about the rising gas prices for years. In the United States the average price for a gallon of gas today is $3.78 with the highest prices being in Alaska at $4.22 per gallon (www.gasbuddy.com ). The best solution to not having to spend so much on gas for your car is to buy a more eco-friendly vehicle like a hybrid or electric vehicle. While the price of a hybrid vehicle or electric vehicle is a little more expensive from the dealership than a conventional car, the buyer will be saving much more in the long run by switching to an electric vehicle. In the 1960s, U.S. Congress launched a bill that suggested that producing electric vehicles would help cut air pollution. General Motors tested an experimental hybrid car that used electricity up to 13 mpg. After the 1973 Arab oil embargo, gas prices mounted, and concern for developing an effective alternative fuel source was revived. By the late 1970s, General Motors was spending more than $20 million on electric vehicle research. In 1993, the Dept. of Energy initiated the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) program as a partnership with the three largest U.S. car manufacturers: GM, Ford and Chrysler. Their joint goal was to have realistic models by 2000 and usable vehicles by 2003-keeping costs, safety and operation in line with conventional cars, but with double the mileage per gallon. Over the next few years, several automakers offered electric vehicles for sale, such as the Toyota RAV4, Ford's Ranger pickup and Honda's EV Plus. Toyota put out the first mass produced hybrid car in Japan in 1997 called the Toyota Prius. It appeared in the U.S. in 2000. Honda developed their own hybrid car shortly after called the Insight released in 2002; they also released the Civic Hybrid which offered almost double the mpg of the non-hybrid Civic and all the performance quality. Since then, most of the other car manufacturers have jumped on board.
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course ENGL 121 taught by Professor Compii. during the Spring '08 term at Eastern Michigan University.

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