Hybrid vehicles have become increasingly popular in the U.S. since Toyota launched the Prius some time ago. The skyrocketing price of gasoline has driven American car buyers to opt for these fuel efficient vehicles which can run as much as 50 miles on a single gallon of gasoline.
In response to the demand for hybrid vehicles, car manufacturers are looking for ways to add another feature to the already fuel efficient hybrid vehicle. The plug-in technology has already been knocking on the doors of the auto industry. This technology allows hybrid cars to be recharged from an ordinary household socket. This means that the battery pack integrated into the car to power the electric motor can be conveniently recharged and there is adequate power on call from the battery.
Aside from hybrid electric cars, there are also full time electric vehicles using the plug-in technology.
Pioneering in the manufacture of electric cars is ZAP. This company has given American motorists with a choice of electric cars which are categorized as zero emission vehicles. This means that the cars from ZAP do not produce greenhouse gases which contribute to even greater global warming.
The three wheeled vehicles from ZAP are equipped with plug-in technology. Normally, electric cars need up to six hours to fully charge its battery pack. This means that you can charge your electric car while you are sleeping at night and wake up with your ZAP electric car juiced up and ready to go.
But developments in the auto industry is constant, and ZAP has announced that they are offering an electric car charger which cuts down charging time from hours to just thirty minutes.
The company said that the charger on the XEBRA, their electric car, can be configured to suit either a 110- or a 220-volt outlet. The revolutionary charger can provide up to 100 amps or 10,000 watts of electricity into the car. The company promises that the new charger will significantly increase the range of the XEBRA.
ZAP Chairman Gary Starr has this to say about the new charger: “This new charger can reduce your charge time from hours to minutes. Now you can drive your electric car all day with just a few short stops. In the time it takes to eat lunch you can hook your XEBRA up to the charger and have a full charge in less than an hour. Think of it as putting your XEBRA out to graze.”
The fact that the XEBRA is a zero emissions vehicle means that with its use, emission of greenhouse gases is limited to zero. This shows that there are technologies available today which can put a stop to global warming as effectively as an EBC pad works when stopping a vehicle. And with the technology for these cars growing steadily, the use of electric cars like the XEBRA will surely gain momentum.