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Development of electric car technology needs support at all levels

Some of the latest advances in technology are those in the field of electric cars. These are cars that are driven by electric power. The need for such cars has come about after global awareness regarding pollution and the effects of global warming. Many governments, especially in Europe and North America, have been promoting and supporting the development in such technologies. This is because they understand that in time fossil fuels may be phased out and cleaner energy options adopted.

An electric car needs to have its battery charged for many hours. The battery charges for quite a while, usually a number of hours. This, on its own, is the single biggest challenge the industry is currently facing. Once a solution to this problem is addressed, then these cars will pretty much be on all major roads in major world capitals.

Another major challenge regarding electric cars is the amount of power they can generate. These cars usually travel at speeds not greater than 100 km per hour and usually avergae 50 to 60 km per hour. Such speeds are low and need to be improved. Engineers, scientists and designers are busy at work researching on how to improve on the charge time and the power output. Within the next 5 years or so, major improvements will be possible.

In the recent past, there has been a major outcry regarding the pollution resulting from fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel. The pollution not only makes the environment hazardous to human and animal life, it als affects other living organisms and contributes majorly in global warming. The depletion of the ozone layer by CFC gases has seen global temperatures rise drastically in the past couple of years.

New technologies, especially the use of renewable energy, will hopefully result in a cleaner environment and a safer world for all. Electric cars will definitely contribute hugely to this effect.