CNN did a fairly decent news piece on EVs from Hong Kong back in 2011 and it still serves as a good basic introduction about electric cars in general.
CNN should of mentioned that that even though the fully electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV has shorter range than the fossil fuel powered model—the EV version is much faster crossing the 0 to 60 MPH test a full second quicker.
Also one worthy correction of the newscast: CNN was incorrect about not being able to use an extension cord to plug-in and charge an EV—you just have to make sure that the extension cord is also of the same heavy gage as the charging cable that comes with the car. It is true that the EV car manufacturers do clearly spell out in writing not to use extension cords to recharge their electric car in the owners manual. However, corporate lawyers require them to say that for legal legal reasons not technical reasons, as they simply don’t want to be responsible for someone using an extension cord they didn’t manufacturer and thus can’t guarantee that it has proper specifications.
CNN’s News Report about Electric Cars
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