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Electric cars have not gained popularity even though they existed before gasoline powered cars It was not until the seventies when oil prices were high that electric cars even became considered as an alternative The main reasons the public perceives electric cars to be impractical are because of their high cost and limited versatility It was true in the early developmental stages of electric cars that they were extremely costly impractical and so crude that an image of a golf-cart like vehicle comes to mind what one mentions electric cars Unfortunately this bad publicity makes people tend to prejudge electric cars without realizing how much they have improved over the years They have improved so much that I think they can serve as the ideal city commuter cars of the future Electric cars do have some drawbacks but improvements are making electric cars easier to live with The primary drawback is the high cost of production passed on to the consumer Electric cars cost between five and ten-thousand dollars more than gasoline powered cars because it takes many years to develop it and the expensive materials that it takes to build the cars Pratt 52 For example the research takes at least four years to turn out a working prototype and then it could take years more to fix the problems and perfect it Also in order to make the cars as light as possible expensive composite plastics materials are used Pratt 54 However as research continues the cost will go down because everyone can find out what will work based on other companies experiments so they would not have to waste time and money repeating an experiment that does not work For example the Big three auto makers Chrysler Ford and General Motors plan to work together and share technology to build electric vehicles Worsnop 12 The prices for the materials will also go down if there
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