Electric Cars: Fun Saving our Planet


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Electric cars are fun to drive: silent acceleration 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. They are doubly green, saving our planet with no carbon dioxide emissions and saving the green in your pocketbook. They get the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon, saving $4000 in fuel costs over the average new vehicle during five years and requiring no oil changes. The number of moving parts in an electric motor is an order of magnitude lower than for a gasoline engine. More than 2 million electric vehicles were sold in 2018. EVs are expected to make up 57% of all sales by 2040.

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  • 244 Wood Street
  • Lexington, Massachusetts
  • United States
  • Building: Lincoln Lab Cafeteria
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  • Co-sponsored by Boston Section, life members affiliate group




Electric Cars

Paul H Carr, who has been driving his Chevrolet Bolt since 2017, and Len Long, who bought his Tesla Model 3 in 2018, will share the fun they have had. Len will demonstrate how his Tesla parks itself automatically. Sales of the Model 3 are eight times those of other electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model X SUV. The latter costs twice as much as the Model 3.

Battery costs have decreased to $176/kwh from the 2010 cost of $1000/kwh. Co-inventor of the Lithium battery, John Goodenough 96, a MIT Lincoln Lab Staff Member with whom Paul Carr worked in 1959, has invented a new solid-state glass-electrolyte battery with a higher energy density than Lithium. Elon Musk has announced that Tesla will be selling its new EV pickup truck in 2019. Its functionality will better than a Ford F-150 and better than a (Porsche) 911 in terms of sports car attributes. The Tesla pickup will have six seats and 400-500 miles of range per charge.


BS MIT, PhD Brandeis U, IEEE Life Fellow. From 1967 to 1995, he led the Component Technology Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Bedford, MA. His branch developed the surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology used in compact, signal-processing filters for radar, cell phones, and TV. Two former branch member were Dr. Ken Laker and Dr. Tom Szabo. Ken Laker in 1999 was elected president of the IEEE. Tom Szabo’s Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out (2003) has been cited over 1000 times. After Dr. Carr’s retirement from AFRL, he taught philosophy courses at U Mass Lowell that inspired his book, Beauty in Science & Spirit (2006). In 2017 he presented, “Climate Change: Are We Losing the Carbon-Free Energy Market to China?


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