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Smart Cars

Smart Cars

Date: Jan 29 2004


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With much of the world’s focus on events in the Middle East, it’s important to realize that one of the things that makes Middle East politics and economics so complicated is the world’s dependence on oil. Oil is the key ingredient in gasoline, which is the fuel that powers most industry and nearly all transportation systems.
Fortunately, there are some innovative people and companies that are focusing their energy on creative alternatives to the gasoline engine. One such example is the hybrid electric car. Hybrid cars are being developed and sold by giant automakers like Toyota and Honda.
Read on to learn more about alternative ways to travel!


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Someday in the future, no cars will use gasoline. There won’t be any gas left, or it will be so rare that it will be too expensive to use in cars. Luckily, there are several alternatives to gas powered automobiles. Electricity, solar power and hydrogen fuel cells are all viable ways to power a car, and all are currently being studied extensively.
Electric cars are pretty much like any other battery powered appliance. You plug them into the wall to charge up the batteries and then drive to your heart’s content. Unfortunately, electricity from your wall can be expensive because much of it currently comes from oil. Also, current versions of electric cars are smaller and slower than regular cars.
Large companies like Toyota and Honda are making hybrid cars that use electricity as well as gasoline. By using electricity, the eco-friendly Toyota Prius and Honda Insight get very high gas mileage and emit much less exhaust than a normal car. (The Honda Insight gets about 61 mpg compared to 32 for the Honda Civic.) Better gas mileage means less money spent on gas, so buying a hybrid car is a great investment.



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I’d like to get a new hybrid car when I’m ready to get a new car. Two of my friends have cool little electric cars called gizmos (nevco.com) which only fit one person, but are a convenient alternative to a normal car. I’ve driven one of them, and it’s really fun and easy to drive.
Electric cars may not be in your city yet, but they will be soon! You should be one of the first to drive an electric car. The difference it makes is HUGE!
Have a great week!
Your American Friend,



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wonderful lesson  it's very very good subject:))))

06:09 PM Aug 25 2009 |



United Kingdom

Very Good Lesson.

05:51 PM Aug 16 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

How can I watch this and other units

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04:16 PM Aug 10 2009 |



United States


As far as i can see in usa ( or eastern part) these kinds of car like toyota prius, honda civic hybrid are in demand.. last year

gas price was almost 4 dolars and half percent of electric cars were sold this time..

so today all the usa you can see these cars..altough gas price is 2 times cheap at least if you compare the other country , they are being sold nowadays too

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09:23 AM Aug 07 2009 |



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09:22 AM Aug 07 2009 |



hi great are you ready

09:19 AM Aug 07 2009 |



smart cars are surely comming.it is said (the need is the mother of invention

petrol is going th disapaer one day

05:58 PM Jul 30 2009 |



Probably One Day We Will All Use " Animals " Again Because Even this idea Will Aslo Last For Only Few Year


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06:03 AM Jul 26 2009 |

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cool!let's go green:)

03:36 PM Jul 25 2009 |




good!smart car! it looks like kemamotor's car! ecology cars! it's easy and no noice.

02:48 PM Mar 04 2009 |



No audio?

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