Electric cars are something that show up in the news all the time. There are several reasons for the continuing interest in these vehicles:

  • Electric cars create less pollution than gasoline-powered cars, so they are an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles (especially in cities).
  • Any news story about hybrid cars usually talks about electric cars as well.
  • Vehicles powered by fuel cells are electric cars, and fuel cells are getting a lot of attention right now in the news.

The 50-kilowatt controller of a typical electric car

In this edition of HowStuffWorks, you will learn about electric vehicles both from the manufactured and the home-brewed points of view. You will also learn about an innovative program for middle and high school students that lets teams of students build and race electric vehicles!