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Power of electric vehicles on safety.

ELECTRIC car drivers use the car less and don't speed, a Tyneside study found.

The research, carried out by Newcastle University, shows drivers with electric cars think twice about whether journeys are really necessary.

And because drivers were trying to conserve battery power, they cut their speed.

In addition, electric vehicles produce less than half of the carbon dioxide emitted by conventional combustion engines. "In an electric vehicle, drivers reported being very aware of the battery charge and this made them think twice about hopping in the car for a journey which they could perhaps walk or maybe combine with another trip out," said Phil Blythe, Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at Newcastle University. "Because drivers were trying to conserve battery power, they didn't push their car and tended to stay well within the speed limit. The unintended benefit was bringing down driving speeds."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2012
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