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Electric cars can’t save climate: experts

autos Updated: Jun 18, 2010 21:35 IST

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The hope that battery-operated cars can save the earth’s climate by reducing carbon emission is just a “fantasy”.

According to experts, the technology used for electric car batteries is so backward that they will die within two years.

The so-called energy efficient cars will be extremely expensive and cover far less distance on one battery charge than the manufacturers claim, they said.

The research carried out by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, says claims about the performance of electric vehicles is “pure fantasy”.

The batteries, which use the same lithium-ion technology as mobile phones, are unlikely to be able to run for more than 100 miles (160 km) between charges, the Daily Mail reported.

Experts said the gap in performance between conventional cars and electric vehicles is so huge that consumers will not want to convert their vehicles to electric ones.

The researchers said for that an electric car to give performances comparable to Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf — that can travel more than 576 km on a tank of fuel — the batteries alone would weigh 1.5 tonnes, and the car would cost about £100,000 (Rs 68 lakh).