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ELECTRIC DRIVE

THE ELECTRIC DRIVE: BEYOND A GOLF CART 

The use of electricity to power automobiles is not a new idea. During the early 1900s, electric cars outsold most other types of automobiles. Today electric powered cars are becoming popular once again and are being manufactured and sold in the United States. 

In the first session, Dan Whitlock will present about automobile power system basics and a brief history of electric cars. This session will also focus how battery technology has changed and the pros and cons of using electricity to power automobiles verses other fuel sources. 

In the second session, Dan will discuss environmental aspects creating interest in electric powered vehicles worldwide, and he will also talk about regulatory changes that have been announced, by various countries, to promote the transition from petroleum powered vehicles to electrically powered vehicles. He will also review how the change from using a liquid petroleum-based fuel to power cars to needing to recharge the batteries in an electric car affected the change to electric powered cars. He will review the reports of battery fires in electric cars and how they compare to fires in gas powered vehicles. 

In the third and final session, Dan will explore some of the new makes and models of electric cars that have been available since 2010. Dan will look at the total sales of electric cars in the United States per year by manufacturer and review new electric car and truck models being announced over the last three years to be introduced in the near future. 

Dan will answer questions and have his 2014 Chevy Volt, Extended Range Electric Vehicle available for those attending to see and inspect. Electric cars are not necessarily the right type of vehicle for everyone. If they fit your driving needs, they can be a very economical, environmentally friendly, and fun alternative to the internal combustion powered vehicles that are common today. Come and see what many are saying is the future of the automobile. 

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, APRIL 28, 30, MAY 5; 1:30 TO 3 P.M. 
Location: Advanced Sciences Building, Room L304, Entrance 4, Parking Lot 1 or 2 
Fee: $10 / Max: 40 / Min: 6
Lifelong Learning membership required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2747-02

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