Electric Cars Charged by SMUD
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on March 2, 2012
Energy efficiency has become a necessity for vehicle owners to cut high gas prices. Sacramento's energy
untility company, SMUD, works with electric car owners to charge their vehicles. The power company has
been working on electric car battery development for over two decades to help move toward clean air
in Sacramento, which has had some of the worst rankings in the nation for air quality over the past few
decades. This SMUD video helps demystify electric vehicles, which have become less of a novelty and
more of a resource for clean low cost energy.
Electric cars are nothing new. In fact, the original cars that first appeared on streets were electric
before gas became the standard. Hybrid electric vehicles such as the Toyota Prius have changed the
public's opinion on alternative energy, creating a demand for better energy efficiency. Each of the
major automakers have made advances in the technology. Drivers of electric cars can use SMUD for charging their cars,
as SMUD provides the equipment. SMUD is also working on building public charging stations for the vehicles.
SMUD is a national leader in testing electric vehicle technology, working with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Update: June 23, 2013
A lot has changed in just a year as electric cars see an even brighter future than imagined in 2012. Tesla
Motors, the electric car maker based in Silicon Valley, had a strong year selling the Model S and was given
near perfect ratings by Consumer Reports. These cars can travel up to 300 miles before recharging. The main
obstacle they face in the next few years is the vehicle's high ticket price of around $60,000. As soon as
prices get under $20,000, which is the goal of the Energy Department in the next decade, electric cars should
start to become mainstream since they will be much cheaper to use than gasoline powered cars. This 2013 SacTV article examines how electric cars have evolved in
Sacramento the past century.
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