Why do you require explanation of the obvious?
Taxi fare in Charlotte NC (picked out of the blue) is $2.50 per passenger plus $2.50 per mile plus $24.00/hr wait charge. Given 100 miles a week, plus wait time as errands are run, 6 trips per week, you're looking at $18,772 per year (more or less). Given the expected 8 year battery life of the Volt, and sans any other maintenance, you're looking at $40,000 -- heck, toss in tires and insurance and windshield washer fluid for $50,000 (Volt) vs $150,176 (taxi). Any more bright ideas?
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Last edited by Karl; 01-09-12 at 11:15 AM.
Household current is usualy 120 volt single phase ac (alternating current). With an inverter a battey, which is DC (direct current) can provide 120 volts for a short period of time. With a panel of batteries you can extend that time depending on the amount of amps your drawing, but since the rate of discharge is higher than the rate of charge, its always a limited amount of time. So once you have charged your vehicle, those batteries are going to need to recharge before it can provide another charge. And thats gonna take a while. Even if your solar system is devoted entirely to your car, its gonna take a while to recharge your system. You can expect to get one charge a day out of them unless you have a pretty large bank of batteries. In case you havent checked, solar storage batteries run anywhere from $100 for the crap ones, to $800 for the better ones. Thats PER battery. No solar panel can provide the needed amps to supply a steady stream of household current.
Last edited by Dpetty; 01-09-12 at 11:36 AM.
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In a typical Chevy Volt operation, the car is driven during the day, and recharged during the evening and night. A full charge would be in the neighborhood of 10kWh, or about 10 hours at about 9 amps (120 volts). That is within the capabilities of a smallish or moderate home solar installation ($10K and up).
It may save you some time if you accept that I will make no claims that cannot be backed up with logic and/or facts, nor do I ramble on about things which I do not know. I rarely shoot from the hip, which is why I rarely have any trouble proving my point (or causing problems for those that do shoot from the hip).
Ha, is that all you got? The big bad oil companies are duping everyone? so predictable.So far all we have is a PR campaign by the oil companies, which the right is swallowing hook, line, and sinker.
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