A comparison of battery-operated and gasoline-driven cars. The comparison is made on the basis of performance, size, comfort, and initial acceleration. General efficiency, including lifetime costs, approaches that of the present-day compact. With use of the improved batteries now anticipated, the merits of the electric auto could then be realized: less air pollution, less of a requirement for land for automotive use, and less noise.
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