video title: SMUD Electric Vehicles (Updated)
video link: http://youtu.be/r4kpRjtmQ30
video source: MySMUD
uploaded on YouTube Jan. 23, 2012

more info: SMUD.org
duration 6:22 minutes

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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