5 reasons electric vehicles don't get buyers charged up

There are 20 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Oct 29, 2012, titled 5 reasons electric vehicles don't get buyers charged up. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

Every weekday, Chevrolet Volt owners jockey to hook up their cars to the two electric-vehicle charging stations in front of General Motors' Renaissance Center headquarters in downtown Detroit.

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ANTONY

Nairobi, Kenya

#24 Jun 25, 2013
electric cars are weird.what will happen if the battery runs empty in a no electricity zone?are you going to walk on foot?
mike

Akron, OH

#25 Jun 26, 2013
only dolts buy volts.
Over Priced Cruze

Florham Park, NJ

#26 Jun 26, 2013
mike wrote:
only dolts buy volts.
Correct, and the leader of the Dolts is none other than, the Grand Miser iluvnyVolt!
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#27 Jul 2, 2013
Great improvements in battery storage re charging technology & electric car design are taking place even as we speak.

Within a few years if current rates of technology improvement continue you will see electric cars on the roads competing with gas / diesel powered vehicles.

The American made Tesla has a car you can buy today with close to 300 mile range on a full battery charge and about 6 hour recharge time.
This would be a great car for local business commuting.

Those charge time and mileage rates are improving with more research & development.

Better battery technology will be here soon.

Pete

Livonia, MI

#28 Jul 2, 2013
My local mechanic shop owner has a Volt. He lives 45 miles from the shop and never needs to buy gas he says. He has a charging station at work that recharges in three hours. He's a perfect fit for this vehicle. We're still in the "Barney Clark" stage of electric vehicles though.
Whatisi

Macomb, MI

#29 Jul 2, 2013
Electric vehicles will never catch on until there are thousand of charging stations throughout the country. Then these charging stations need to be able charge a vehicle within 15 minutes. If you don't have the ability to charge easily, most anywhere and quickly, then range anxiety will be the biggest reason electric vehicle won't become mainstream. There's no infrastructure yet and no plan to have any major construction for them that is in the works.
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#30 Jul 3, 2013
The tesla is available now, Runs about 300 miles takes about 6 hours to recharge.

The battery technology is improving even as we speak. Break through in battery & recharging systems are coming.
Price will come down as volume increases,
(economy of scale at work)

Remember the gas power cars went about 18 MPH in the early stages of production now well over 200MPH
is common.

Battery powered cars trucks will be part of the automotive future.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#31 Jul 3, 2013
Whatisi wrote:
Electric vehicles will never catch on until there are thousand of charging stations throughout the country. Then these charging stations need to be able charge a vehicle within 15 minutes. If you don't have the ability to charge easily, most anywhere and quickly, then range anxiety will be the biggest reason electric vehicle won't become mainstream. There's no infrastructure yet and no plan to have any major construction for them that is in the works.
The Isrealis have a system where you can drive all day and night on batteries. You pull in and they swap the battery for a fully charged one in less than 15 minutes ingenuity can solve these problems.
Whatisi

Macomb, MI

#32 Jul 3, 2013
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
The Isrealis have a system where you can drive all day and night on batteries. You pull in and they swap the battery for a fully charged one in less than 15 minutes ingenuity can solve these problems.
Ok, Israel, with a population of what? Less than 8 million and smaller than Maine. We are just a little larger with a population of 350 million or so. I know you are talking about the technology of swapping batteries. Too much competition here. Chevy won't share battery technology with Toyota and neither of them will share with tesla or Nissan. They all have different designs. You are going to have a battery changing store carry many different types of batteries? Wouldn't be cost effective. You need to have a huge percentage of vehicles be on the road in order for anyone to build a store like that. And then have them readily available throughout the country? Not in my lifetime. There may be a day when building an electric vehicle is financially viable. Nobody is even close to that point yet. Plenty of ideas on how to do things isn't the problem. The problem is doing it and being able to make money. This isn't about helping the environment. It's about making money. If you can't make money doing it then things will never come together. The US doesn't want electric cars yet. High gas prices won't change things either. We will just buy smaller, more fuel efficient gasoline cars.
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#33 Jul 3, 2013
Battery powered autos such as tesla are on the streets now. They travel close to 300 miles on a charge and recharge in about 6 hours.

The technology will only get better as R&D improves charging and battery technology.

keep in mind gas powered auto went a blistering 18 MPH when they first hit the streets in the 20's
by the end of the 1900's cars traveled over 200 mph and about 380 miles on a tank of gas.

So stand back and watch battery powered cars come on strong, or take a test drive in one find out what your missing they are quiet and FAST.
Whatisi

Macomb, MI

#34 Jul 3, 2013
bensleys view wrote:
Battery powered autos such as tesla are on the streets now. They travel close to 300 miles on a charge and recharge in about 6 hours.
The technology will only get better as R&D improves charging and battery technology.
keep in mind gas powered auto went a blistering 18 MPH when they first hit the streets in the 20's
by the end of the 1900's cars traveled over 200 mph and about 380 miles on a tank of gas.
So stand back and watch battery powered cars come on strong, or take a test drive in one find out what your missing they are quiet and FAST.
It was buy a car or walk or ride a bike or horses. That's what the car was competing against. Easy choice. The car was what we people would want over those other forms of transportation. It was an easy sell. Electric cars are going up against gasoline cars. With a built in infrastructure, mind you. So an electric car isn't an easy sell as evident by the poor sales. Yes, bring up Tesla. that doesn't help you in your argument.$65k for the lowest priced model? Out of reach for the majority of Americans. Then those who can afford them, don't want them. The leaf the cheapest is still over 20k. Well it's a Nissan, so it's not even I. The conversation. The volt?$35k-40K for a mid size car that nobody wants well? Price is a big issue and will be for for many years. Whether fires are a reality, doesn't really matter. It's an issue when it comes to thinking about quality and safety of the batteries. That hurts the perception of electric cars. Most Americans don't want a quiet car. That's why car companies design their exhaust systems so there is a pleasing exhaust note. Then muscle cars have purposely loud exhausts. So a completely quiet car isn't ideal for alot of people. You need support, technicians, and an infrastructure to make electric cars for people to start even thinking about buying them.
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#35 Jul 4, 2013
Guess the news hasn't reached Michigan yet!

There is a reliable electric car you and buy and drive today Tesla!

The Tesla does close to 300 miles on a charge and recharges in about 65 hours.

I drove one and they are quiet and fast.

Research and development is on going and better batteries and charging systems are on the way.

Keep in mind that when gas powered autos first hit the streets ( and pedestrians other autos too) they only went 18 mph but now travel over 200 mph.

Electric autos will also improve become faster and travel farther recharge faster as R&D improves da technology.
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#36 Jul 4, 2013
hidden agenda wrote:
The only reason the electric car is being pushed is so they can increase your electric bill, an easy push. Electricity is easier to manipulate than gas. You'll be paying out the ass if you own an electric car, doesn't matter how many miles you get on it.
if your so convinced there is some sort of giant conspiracy behind electric and gas prices why do you stay here?

In fact why would anyone want to stay and live in Detroit?

You should leave America now today before the powers managing the giant conspiracy steal anything else from you.

I suggest that Russia, china, cuba, Syria, Iraq all have lower electric rates and you won't have to worry about big brother manipulating electric rate to take advantage of you.
In fact there is very little working electric power in Syria.

If you go o Iraq just be careful which mosque you join.
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#37 Jul 4, 2013
Pete wrote:
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The Isrealis have a system where you can drive all day and night on batteries. You pull in and they swap the battery for a fully charged one in less than 15 minutes ingenuity can solve these problems.
Israel is a small county in size and population. some times idea work well on small or limited scale but don't' work well when scaled up to meet larger population models.

Israelis have a great TSA airport system we should adopt here.
They check people with Arabic or muslim passports, names or travel documents.

They realize that not all muslims are terrorist but it's also true that all terrorist are muslims. so lets check for terrorist in the population that produces terrorist and leave the rest of the population alone.

When hunting for ducks you have to search for ducks in the duck flocks.
car expert

Schaumburg, IL

#38 Jul 4, 2013
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
More likely government would tax your charging to mimic the money they receive from gas taxes.
Yeah if I got my car to run on my stool then the goverment would tax the shit out of my stool!!!!!!
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#39 Jul 5, 2013
car expert wrote:
<quoted text> Yeah if I got my car to run on my stool then the goverment would tax the shit out of my stool!!!!!!
Change is good, economies , cultures, ideas values constantly change evolve.

horse buggy was once state of the art in transpiration but was replaced by the newest, bestest more gooder improved technology.

what we drive will change also
Whatisi

Macomb, MI

#41 Jul 5, 2013
bensleys view wrote:
<quoted text>
Change is good, economies , cultures, ideas values constantly change evolve.
horse buggy was once state of the art in transpiration but was replaced by the newest, bestest more gooder improved technology.
what we drive will change also
Horse and buggy went away because the automobile was a revolutionary and better way to get around. Nothing about an electric car is revolutionary or a better way of traveling. Change happened quickly because there was money to be made by having a car. People already have cars. So there is no reason or need to absolutely have an EV. Once there is a huge crude oil shortage will there be a true incentive to go to an EV. We will get there someday, just certainly not in the next 30 years.
bensleys view

Nashua, NH

#42 Jul 7, 2013
ANTONY wrote:
electric cars are weird.what will happen if the battery runs empty in a no electricity zone?are you going to walk on foot?
well what happens to you if you run out of gas oil in your car or your camel has a heart attack or some muslim extreamist morons decide to shoot you because you can read and write and they are afraid of educated people??
mom of antony

Provo, UT

#43 Jul 7, 2013
bensleys view wrote:
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well what happens to you if you run out of gas oil in your car or your camel has a heart attack or some muslim extreamist morons decide to shoot you because you can read and write and they are afraid of educated people??
antony totally safe he not educated he ask if you can walk on foot how else walk?
johnny

Waukegan, IL

#44 Aug 12, 2013
my rear passenger r/window wont go up or down 05 300 limited i barly use it

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