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Emergency Response Training

Emergency response for electric vehicles is not significantly different from conventional vehicles. Electric drive vehicles are designed with cutoff switches to isolate the battery and disable the electric system, and all high-voltage power lines are colored orange. One element of the Electric Ride Colorado campaign is to educate first responders around Colorado to make sure that drivers and first responders are kept safe on our roads while driving and assisting electric vehicles.

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Where and how to charge

Home recharging of electric vehicles (EVs) is as simple as plugging them into an electric outlet. Electricity fueling costs for electric vehicles are reasonable compared to gasoline, especially if consumers take advantage of off-peak rates. However, electricity costs vary across the U.S. depending on location, type of generation, time of use, and access point (home, business, etc). More public access electric outlets and charging stations will be seen in the coming years at libraries, shopping centers, hospitals, and businesses. Find more electric vehicle locations on the Alternative Fuels and Data Center station locator tool.

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How long it takes to charge

Level I –”wall plug” charging, equivalent to running a hair dryer (120V). Recharges roughly 5 miles of driving for each hour plugged in.

Level II – special electric car plug, equivalent to a clothes dryer (240V).
Recharges roughly 25–50 miles of driving for each hour plugged in.

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How many miles your car can travel per charge

  • Ford Transit Connect Electric: 80 miles
  • Chevy Volt: 379 miles
  • Fisker Karma: 300 miles
  • Nissan Leaf: 100 miles
  • Tesla Roadster: 245 miles
  • Wheego Whip LiFe: 100 miles
  • Smart ED: 98 miles
  • Honda FIT EV: 123 miles
  • Ford Focus Electric: 100 miles
  • Tesla Motors ‘S’: 40 kWh-160 miles, 60 kWh-230 miles, 85 kWh-300 miles
  • BMW Active E: 100 miles
  • Mitsubishi i MiVi: 62 miles
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Safety and Emergencies

  • Electric vehicles meet the same safety standards as any vehicle in the U.S., following the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards [Alternative Fuels Data Center].
  • The batteries are encased and sealed in protective shell to prevent issues in the case of an accident.
  •  Any EV available for purchase will have gone through intense testing to ensure safety in a variety of conditions including overcharge, vibration, extreme temperatures, short circuit, humidity, fire, collision, and water immersion.
  • In the event of a collision or short circuit, the entire electrical system is deactivated and the battery will be isolated to avoid any further damage.
  • While emergency response for an EV accident is not significantly different, there are established emergency response guidelines and training for first responders. For more information on training, visit The National Fire Protection Association training site.
  • Both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf are among the 2012 Top Safety Picks for Small Cars from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Study of a Conversion – Duke’s Garage

Any internal combustion engine can be converted to an EV by removing the engine and adding a battery pack. An EV conversion creates the greatest impact on driving range for lighter-weight vehicles. Source
Interested in converting your car?

  • Try Duke’s Garage or EEtrex conversion services.
  • Understand the costs and benefits as explained by Boulder Hybrid Conversions, a local company.
  • Find out how to do a conversion yourself at EVconvert.com.
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Test Drive

Feel what it’s like to roll in your ride.

1. Take an animated ride down GE’s Electric Avenue!

2. Check out what happens inside your EV while you’re driving: Animation of Renault engine.

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Horsepower

Electric vehicles produce anywhere from 100 to 300 horsepower, comparable to a conventional vehicle.

1. The 288 horsepower Tesla Roadster accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Most gasoline powered sports cars need over 500 horsepower to achieve the same level of acceleration.

2. The Nissan Leaf 80-kilowatt electric motor produces 107 horsepower and an impressive 207 lb-ft of torque. Unlike a gasoline car, 100% of that torque is available at 0-RPM, giving impressive acceleration away from a stoplight.

3. By comparison, a standard 4-cylinder Toyota Camry produces 178 horsepower and only 170 lb-ft of torque vs the Leaf’s 207 lb-ft. Also, a gasoline engine doesn’t deliver full torque until after the engine revs up to speed.

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Engine Tour

How is it different from a conventional car? It’s more of a wiring project, rather than a plumbing project. Check it out at HowStuffWorks.com and take the quiz.

1. The electric motor replaces the internal combustion engine.

2. There’s a controller, which delivers power to the motor.

3. There is an array of rechargeable batteries, which deliver power to the controller.

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Electric Vehicle IQ

Engine Tour

How is it different from a conventional car? It’s more of a wiring project, rather than a plumbing project.

Horsepower

Electric vehicles produce anywhere from 100 to 300 horsepower, comparable to a conventional vehicle.

Test Drive

Feel what it’s like to roll in your ride.

Study of a Conversion – Duke’s Garage

Any internal combustion engine can be converted to an EV by removing the engine and adding a battery pack.

Safety and Emergencies

Electric vehicles meet the same safety standards as any vehicle in the U.S., following the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

How many miles your car can travel per charge

The average range is 70-90 miles, but most manufacturers are aiming for 100 miles.

How long it takes to charge

EV drivers have several charging equipment options.

Where and how to charge

Home recharging of electric vehicles (EVs) is as simple as plugging them into an electric outlet.

Emergency Response Training

Emergency response for electric vehicles is not significantly different from conventional vehicles.