One inherent problem
with pure-electric car
s is that it completely ignore
s the fact that electricity usually isn't very clean
. In fact
, the argument
could easily be made
that a gas-powered kinetic energy generator
(i.e. the engine
in an automobile
) is a hell of a lot more efficient
than having a gas-powered electrical energy
generator shove electrical energy into a battery
and having that power an electric motor.
Hybrid cars are definitely much more efficient than either method, in any case, as evidenced by the current hybrid cars (which are basically normal petrolmobiles with a generator-motor pair instead of a normal engine) getting ungodly fuel efficiency.
Of course, pure-electric cars are probably overall more efficient than pure-gasoline ones, but they're certainly not pollution-free - last I checked, most places in the country still rely on fossil fuel electricity generation (solar and wind are too expensive, and nuclear is too untrusted).