GM Works on Electric Vehicle With 200 Miles Range

Many people have touted the benefits of alternative energy sources for years, but very few have been willing to make the jump to electric cars. A world so dependent on fossil fuels will naturally have some growing pains in the world of alternative energy, but GM is working to ease the pain. A giant of the American auto industry, GM is currently working hard to develop an electric car with a 200 mile range.

Part of the difficulty in marketing the electric car, not considering price and lack of infrastructure, has been the possible range of these vehicles. The average electric car can drive anywhere from 40 to 100 miles on a single charge, and while the average drive for most Americans is well below that number, consumers have still been hesitant. On a long drive, with no means of recharging their vehicles, motorists who own electric cars could easily find themselves stranded. GM’s 200 mile electric car should hopefully assuage this fear for many motorists as infrastructure for electric vehicles slowly increases.

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says that he hopes to have as many as half a million of his company’s cars on the road using some form of electric power by 2017. The company is working hard to promote the Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid vehicle that can travel nearly 40 miles on battery power alone, and they are also making progress in other fields of alternative energy development. This push for alternative energy is a welcome change in a world that has struggled to make progress in dealing with its energy crisis.

Weight has always been an obstacle for electric car manufacturers. Automobiles of all kinds have gotten significantly lighter over the years, which has naturally led to better gas mileage. A lighter car requires less engine power to move. However, many auto makers have run into a plateau when developing electric cars. GM is seeking to reduce the curb weight of their vehicles by 15 percent, which would make a big change in fuel efficiency. In spite of every effort to combat pollution, we still have a long way to go in our pursuit of sustainable living. This progress in electric motor vehicles is a great step in the right direction.

Declining car and truck sales have surely contributed to GM’s new push for alternative energy. Consumers are using their dollars to speak their minds, and they aren’t buying the cars of yesteryear. The new fully electric Chevrolet Spark will strive to meet the demands of today’s consumer. This vehicle can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge, and will be a welcome option for motorists until the 200 mile electric car hits the market.

Auto manufacturers like GM are feeling the strain of a changing market just as strongly as insurance services likeĀ, and their response is to give the people what they want. The reality of our global energy crisis becomes more real by the day, and people are demanding change. GM’s push for electric cars will hopefully lead the auto industry down the path it needs to take in the years to come.

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