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Electric Cars: The Very Latest Thing For Sci-Fi Shows On TV

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Science fiction used to be all about the flying car, but nowadays that idea has fallen out of favor.

In its place, we've recently seen an influx of electric cars on our screens. Below we look at four examples of ongoing sci-fi shows that feature electric cars.

If you want some evening viewing that features plug-in cars, you could do worse than one of the following.

Terra Nova

Fox's latest sci-fi series, Terra Nova, has probably the most electric vehicles we've ever seen in one show. Every form of transport used on the show is electric.

The show follows a band of humans from 2149 who travel to a parallel Earth that's 85 million years younger than ours.

They have no access to oil to convert into gasoline for their cars, so they spend all day whizzing around on electric military buggies and electric motorcycles.

They work on 'power cells' that are replaceable when short on charge, similar to today's battery-swap technology being launched by Better Place.

However, instead of needing a whole building in which to do the swap, these 'power cells' can be carried by a teenager in a rucksack. One day...

Eureka

America's best kept secret, a town called Eureka, is the place where the world's geniuses all move to, where they work for Global Dynamics, doing whatever their mad genius minds come up with.

All cars on the road in Eureka, except the Subaru Impreza WRX driven by deputy sheriff Lupo, are powered by alternative fuels.

In the background to a few episodes you'll even see a Dynasty IT Sedan covered with solar cells, suggesting that – in Eureka, at least – the car runs fully on its own solar power.

The town is also used as a testing ground for new technology, including houses with artificial intelligence and a "Smart Asphalt" network that permits self-driving cars. It's a different approach to achieve the same goal as Google with its self-driving cars.

Warehouse 13

Based loosely on the warehouse shown at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Warehouse 13 contains all manner of artifacts that have interesting and usually dangerous powers.

Warehouse agents are shown traveling around the huge warehouse in an electric car created by Thomas Edison. It's powered by the combined electrical field of two people when they hold a metal bar at the front of the car.

Edison built the car, according to the show, to try and convince his friend Henry Ford to give up oil. But Ford decided to go with his gasoline car, which wouldn't last as long, because he wanted people to keep buying new ones.

Fringe

Sponsored by Nissan, Fringe usually shows its agents speeding around in sport-utility vehicles.

However, in the latest episode, Olivia and Peter are seen driving a Nissan Leaf. They even tackle range anxiety in the show when Peter says, looking worried, "We're still about 40 miles out."

Olivia simply hits the Leaf's Driving Range button, looks at the display, and says in an unconcerned voice, "It's fine, we've still got plenty of range."

In other words: product placement.

Do you know of any other sci-fi shows that contain electric cars? What do you think of the shows above? And, have you seen any plug-in cars on other shows?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

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  1. I put them in a movie I came up with years ago, Gataca. It was supposed to be Cataca (after then ten novel cataca box at gene's end). The filmers used oddball gas cars and just silenced them. (I remember they actually asked me, "Where are we going to get 100 electric cars?!) That was back in the 90's I think, so ...
     
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  2. Wharehouse 13 had an extremely blatant Prius product placement last season. OK not EV but still fits with the site.
     
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  3. The now defunct Aptera was featured in the 2009 Star Trek movie. Guess it was just a bit too much ahead of it's time....

    The Volt was featured in a Glee episode. Not sure if that's very helpful to make it look cool...
     
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  4. is Eureka still on the air? the daughter graduating made it seem like a series ender
     
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  5. Yep. It is still going. I believe that the next season (season 5) is set to be their last.
     
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  6. No, The Aptera was too impractical. I am sick of all these ugly weird looking EV's. I like Tesla because The Model S and the Roadster are gorgeous and looks like a luxury sports sedan and a 2 seat supercar rather than a 3 wheeled joke of a car.Even the LKeaf and the Coda look much better than the Aptera ever did. I feel only a small fringe of the EV Nerdvana populace actually likes the bizzaro designs
     
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  7. My electric Mini E was on 2 episodes of Harry's Law last year. Actually they wanted it because it was filmed in a studio and they needed "quiet" cars driving by, so as not to interfere with the dialogue. Later, when it aired, as the car drove by they added sounds of a gas powered car!
     
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