It’s time for the second edition of Friday Five! How do electric cars actually work? What can we expect from the market? We’ve got these important answers for you, plus a must-read book at the end for any city-dwellers reconsidering car-ownership. Let’s get started.

  1. Under the hood of your EV
    We learned everything there is to know about the lithium ion battery last week, but our Scientists friends take it one step further and fully explain how an EV works. Don’t be scared, it’s actually a pretty easy read.
  2. It’s the best thing for the environment
    Or at least that’s what Shai Agassi thinks. He’s the CEO of Better Place which is Europe’s largest donation platform and a big proponent of electric vehicles. He also has a great Ted Talk You should definitely check it out.
  3. Invest now
    Besides helping the environment, the EV boom can also help your retirement plans. Check out these 3 ways to invest in the EV market. The experts say to jump in before it’s too late.
  4. Your local government may be ready to help
    If you own an electric vehicle or are in the market for one, this is good news. Some local governments are considering implementing charging networks in local communities. Take Minnesota for example.
  5. Don’t give up on summer reading
    If you’re going to read one book this summer, make it Straphanger by Taras Grescoe. The book looks at why half the populations of New York, Toronto, and London don’t own cars. The Guardian’s has good things to say.
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