Electric cars finally come into their own
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#1 Sep 23, 2013
Thanks for a great article extolling some of the benefits of EVs. Just to add to what you said, the EPA ratings are an average, so the cars are "capable" of much longer ranges. For instance, I sell the Nissan LEAF, and have been driving one since January 2011, the first month they were on the market. I've driven about 28,000 miles so far and have averaged just over 100 miles per charge the entire time.
Efficient driving, known as "hypermiling", merely entails driving as though physical laws and economics were real. It takes money to move mass. The heavier your car is, the more expensive it is to move it. The quicker you go, and the faster you go, the more money you spend.
There are other negative consequences. The heavier your car is, the more pollution you generate. From manufacture through use, it generates pollution in line with it's size.
We fight wars over oil. We never fight wars over electricity. Dead soldiers, wounded soldiers, slaughtered civilians,$2.1 trillion. Why?
You can spend less than $10,000 and install enough solar PV to generate electricity sufficient to drive 12,000 miles per year. The solar will generate clean electricity for at least 40-50 years.
To buy gas sufficient to drive 12,000 miles per year for 40-50 years would cost $60,000 -$80,000 at today's gas prices. What do you think the price of gasoline will average over the next 40-50 years?
#3 Sep 23, 2013
Aint Gonna Happen!....Oil Company's Don't Like Electric!
They are the rich Boss!!
#5 Dec 4, 2013
Some very good points - just a few additional ones:
No pollution at the point of use - the actual pollution depends on who you buy your juice from, over the pond in the UK we can actually buy our electricity from a whole renewable small company that uses all its profit building new renewable generators [mainly wind but also tidal and wave] and they are on the way to offering green gas from bio and waste sources. Reducing urban pollution is urgently needed and will eventually cut healthcare costs.
They are fun to drive - amazing acceleration
There is the possibility, if enough electric cars are connected to the grid, for the local electric grid to 'borrow' a bit of power from fully charged cars that are still connected to the grid for a fee, so you could end up with your car earning you money when your not using it.
#6 Dec 4, 2013
Just make sure you don't charge your car at any schools.
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