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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    I would need something that would transport my wheel chair though and have all the hand controls. It would be years before they got around to that I am sure.
    If your range is the same, I'm sure an electric car is just as flexible with hand controls and storage.

    Hand controls should be easier on an electric car.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    I would need something that would transport my wheel chair though and have all the hand controls. It would be years before they got around to that I am sure.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shep Dawg View Post
    Considering the fact that 81% of all driving is done within 40 miles from home. Even today's electric cars are capable of 60 miles or more per charge. At a cost of approx $1.90 per charge. Lets assume the cost to buy one was in the $20-$30K range and they were styled as a regular car. Overall maintenance, and performance was comparable to todays cars. Would you be willing to buy one of these cars, even as a 2nd car?
    I'd buy one if they weren't super expensive, which they are, and they don't go far enough without needing a charge. As someone said you need electricity to charge them, so how much good are they, really?

    The combustion engine is the best, and I don't think anything will ever compete with it. We'll have to change our cities structures, and make everything a lot closer for these types of cars to be worth it.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Got any carbon off-sets you can sell? People will pay you to not do anything with your land....so...mabey someone will pay you to not drive your car? Just imagin all the polution you will be saving the environement, that's got to be worth something.
    Hmmm. Someone to pay me to not drive... I like the idea.

    As for my land, well, I'm a gardening ho. Not only would I not like not being able to cultivate my yard, I'd have to go without all the awesome food it produces.

    I've often wondered what my carbon footprint even is. I work three days a week in the city - 25 miles each way - but I drive a big ol' (very well maintained) Silverado. I could take public transit, but I'd have to drive 7.5 miles just to get to a bus stop and my 35 minute drive would turn into 1.5 hours of hell.

    I drive into town once or twice a week - 8 miles each way.

    My all-organic garden feeds me (and the chickens and the neighbors), and sometimes earns me a little pin money. My organic, free-range chickens produce amazing eggs, which I sell to help cover feed costs, but they also poop a LOT. I suppose some of the methane they produce is offset by the fact that I use it for fertilizer... ?

    I'd gladly go for a smaller, more eco-friendly vehicle, but my hauling needs just don't make that possible. And, at least a few times every winter the road/weather conditions demand 4WD.

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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Forget the truck, we need to pimp out your wheel chair
    Hell yeah. That would be the way to go. Maybe something like the cars from the movie Road Warrior would do on the wheel chair.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If your range is the same, I'm sure an electric car is just as flexible with hand controls and storage.

    Hand controls should be easier on an electric car.
    That probably would be true. I rarely do drive maybe once a week to the doctor or something but I do need to get around at times. I live in an area where most needs are available without having to drive. But there are those times when I am stuck.

    I would not want to pay a boatload of money for something like that either.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    That probably would be true. I rarely do drive maybe once a week to the doctor or something but I do need to get around at times. I live in an area where most needs are available without having to drive. But there are those times when I am stuck.
    The hand controls should be a snap. Mostly because hand controls for a gas car need some kind of mechanical action to work correctly.

    For an electric car all you'd need is some sort of accelerator/decelerator switch that goes directly to the car computer.

    Storage should be about the same as a regular car, since your removing the gas tank and installing batteries.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Only if it wasn't lame looking and slow as hell.
    La Jamais Contente ("The Never Satisfied") was the first vehicle to go over 100 km/h (62 mph). It was an electric vehicle with a light alloy torpedo shaped bodywork, although the high position of the driver and the exposed chassis underneath spoiled much of the aerodynamics[1].

    The land speed record was established, according to sources, on April 29 or May 1, 1899 at Achères, Yvelines near Paris, France.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    The hand controls should be a snap. Mostly because hand controls for a gas car need some kind of mechanical action to work correctly.

    For an electric car all you'd need is some sort of accelerator/decelerator switch that goes directly to the car computer.

    Storage should be about the same as a regular car, since your removing the gas tank and installing batteries.
    Exactly, I would think that hand controls would be much easier on an electric car than on a gas-powered car. There's no mechanical accelerator to have to move, you could easily just make it a pressure-sensitive button for the acceleration and braking mounted on the steering wheel, or wherever is convenient.

    It isn't like pushing on a pedal is needed to make the electricity flow any faster.
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    Re: Would you consider an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Exactly, I would think that hand controls would be much easier on an electric car than on a gas-powered car. There's no mechanical accelerator to have to move, you could easily just make it a pressure-sensitive button for the acceleration and braking mounted on the steering wheel, or wherever is convenient.

    It isn't like pushing on a pedal is needed to make the electricity flow any faster.
    Just shape it like a Wii controler and you're set.

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