Tesla and the future of electrical vehicles

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By The Staff

All-Electric Vehicles (EVs) have jumped into the spotlight lately and on the evening of June 11, Los Alamos will be treated to a showing of the Tesla Roadster, the most publicized EV.  

Robert Efroymson of Albuquerque, who will be driving his Tesla Roadster (the first one delivered to a New Mexico buyer), will be speaking about his Tesla and the future of electric vehicles.

In the automotive world, the early part of this century is remarkably reminiscent of the early 1900s. Both times spawned a flurry of start-up auto companies and shade tree tinkerers.  

In the 1900s, electric cars were the most reliable and gas cars the most cantankerous. But the gas car won out by 1914 when Henry Ford started churning out inexpensive Model Ts that ran on cheap and widely available gasoline.

A century later the gas car is dominant but faltering in the face of the end of cheap oil, the ethics of using up irreplaceable oil, and the specter of climate change that comes from burning carbon fuels.

How do electric cars better meet these challenges? Internal combustion engine (ICE) cars are notoriously inefficient; only about 25 percent of the energy reaches the transmission.  

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