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    Re: Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers

    If these chargers aren't being used then it isn't costing them anything so why remove them. Must be a maintenance issue. If a common voltage is being used though and they don't need special transformers or other devices the maintenance shouldn't be much. Just trying to figure out the hurry for removing the charging outlets.

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    Re: Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    [...] oil provides us electricity, get's us moving in our vehicles, powers aircraft and shipping. Ever see a 747 powered by batteries? How about an 18 wheeler? Oil is, the most portable, effective and reliable energy source we have. Someone comes out with a BETTER power source, that does everything oil does and watch consumers flock to it. Driving a battery powered car works for some folks, others, not so much. I drive on average 50 miles a day, to and from work. My car gets around 35 MPG. Find me a replacement that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and works as well and I'm game.
    When gasoline hits $10.00/gal., probably during some military-industrial complex manufactured crisis (or hedge fund commodity market speculation), you'll be game

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    Re: Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    That darn liberal Costco, bunch of commie environmentalists

    Oh wait Costco is an independant company seeking to make money and most likely installed the charging stations to attract certain customers. The plan didnt work.
    I guess those customers didn't have electric cars.
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    Re: Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I think most of those plug in cars are really expensive. I haven't seen too many of them myself. I think one is the Nissian Leaf or something, and that's like 40,000 for a new car.
    When are you buying yours?
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    Re: Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    It's still really limited in the American market, where it's not uncommon for a commute to be an hour or longer. [...]
    According to government statistics, 51% of the workers have a one-way commute of 10 miles or less. Another 17% 15 miles or less (11 miles) (source: US DOT). This leaves 32% who did not choose wisely when selecting a residence

    Agree with your observation that total life cycle costs must be looked at with respect to hybrids/EV's. Still, at some point the general consensus will be that using a crude oil fueled vehicle weighing 20 times as much as its payload is not a wise choice for transportation. Necessity will eventually mandate either mass transportation for the commuting masses, with really small EV's or similar (CNG's, perhaps) (along the lines of 1,500 lbs empty weight) for personal transportation.

    A 747 can carry 122% its own weight in passengers, cargo, and fuel (875,000 lbs gross take off weight, B-747-400).
    An 18-wheeler can carry about 115% its own weight in cargo and fuel (80,000 lbs GVWR).
    A bus will carry roughly 50% its own weight in passengers, cargo, and fuel (48,000 lbs GVWR, 55 pax).
    An SUV loaded to capacity will carry about 20% its own weight in passengers, cargo, and fuel (6,000 lbs GVWR).


    It's simply a matter of simple math.

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    Re: Citing a Lack of Usage, Costco Removes E.V. Chargers

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i find it odd that many conservatives rejoice at any negative news story about non-oil fuels. for the past ten years, the message has been that anything and everything should be done to prevent terrorism, even if those measures are against the spirit of the constitution. cutting off money to terrorist organizations has also been cited as a key component of anti-terror measures. however, the predominant export of middle eastern countries (and, therefore, the predominant source of money for terror) is oil. it seems logical that a conservative would preferentially support fuels that do not fund terror. where is the disconnect?
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