ZEV and LEV technology: Are Flying Cars Just Around the Corner?
With acronyms like ZEV and LEV fast becoming part of our lexicon, are we entering the promised frontiers of science where flying cars are just around the corner?
Not quite yet. However Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) and Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) are on the verge of going mainstream.
LEVs include the various gas/electric hybrid models that produce fewer carbon emissions than regular combustion engines. Although several new LEV models are being added to model lineups this year, it's the ZEV models debuting in the North American market in late 2010 and early 2011 that are getting most of the attention.
ZEVs are electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that produce no carbon emissions, and require no gas or diesel. On average, ZEV vehicles will have a range of 160km before needing a recharge and will have a maximum speed of 105 km/hr. Owners of these electric cars with have three options to re-charge their vehicles:
- Regular charge in a standard 110 volt outlet, 8 hour charge time
- Expedited charge in a 220 volt outlet, 4 hour charge time
- Quick charge in a 440 volt (commercial) outlet, 20-30 minutes charge time
Mandatory charging outlets are already being considered by some cities, including the City of Vancouver, and fee-for-service commercial charging stations aren't too far off.
Are BCAA members interested in eco vehicles?
With the current limitations of ZEV vehicles, we were curious to know if they will work for commuting habits. BCAA surveyed our online panel members about their awareness and interest in this next wave of more environmentally friendly cars and came away with some interesting results. A total of 613 members participated with the following responses:
- 47% of members feel a ZEV would meet their commuting needs
- 80% are interested in learning more about the technology
- 59% say they are very or somewhat confident in the technology
- 26% would buy a ZEV when they come to market
- 47% would consider buying a ZEV
- Cost is the biggest single factor for the decision to purchase
What do you think?
What are your thoughts? Would you consider purchasing a ZEV or do you believe the technology is unproven? What information do you need and who should provide it?
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