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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anima View Post
    If they came down to an affordable price, were truly efficient in terms of energy usage, and had decent mileage before needing recharged, sure. At some point we're really going to need to cut down on ou oil consumption, and this seems like a pretty good way to do it.
    they already are INSANELY energy efficient. you won't see any improvement in this particular area.

    the one area where there is likely to be most improvement is time needed to recharge. right now you basically have to charge it overnight but someday in the future you might be able to recharge your car while eating your burger at Wendy's

    but ultimately the success of electric vehicles hinges on the same issue as success of ethanol does - there needs to be a distribution network for the fuel / power.

    before electric cars take off all manufacturers of electric vehicles will have to agree on a standard charing station design. then they will need to invest HUGE amounts of money to actually put those stations in places where people can use them. until these two things happen electric vehicles will essentially be useless for anything but a second or third car.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    The market for the electric car is not necessarily a replacement for a gasoline powered vehicle for all purposes but one to make daily commuting (the bulk of personal transit) ran on electricity rather than petrol gasoline. It is assumed consumers would keep their gasoline powered vehicles for longer trips.
    no. there is no market for them as of now. but in the future they will likely replace all gas powered vehicles. when will that happen ? probably the same time Oil will end or in about 30 years.

    by that time they better figure out a way to charge them. hard to say at this point which technology will eventually win out. too early to say.

    it is even possible that they will come up with a way to recharge the car AS you are driving. to me the only concern with that technology is that i don't get microwaved inside the car as that is happening !


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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    no. there is no market for them as of now. but in the future they will likely replace all gas powered vehicles. when will that happen ? probably the same time Oil will end or in about 30 years.

    by that time they better figure out a way to charge them. hard to say at this point which technology will eventually win out. too early to say.

    it is even possible that they will come up with a way to recharge the car AS you are driving. to me the only concern with that technology is that i don't get microwaved inside the car as that is happening !

    Have fun cooking a ham sammich in your car lol

    Well recharging it as you are driving to the point you charge as much as you drive is scientifically impossible if Im not mistaken. What I meant in 'market' was the assumed market for the vehicles as they come out with the technology becoming available. It's battery technology that is lagging (maybe not accurate, batteries are amazing) behind the rest of the technology.

    Werent the next generation of US army HMMWV (hummers) going to come out with an electric system on them, or a hybrid engine?

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    I'd have no issue with an electric car. I don't really care about what propels my car, I care what it can do. Give me an electric car that is:

    1. Competitively priced in the $10,000 - $15,000 dollar range new.

    2. Range would need one of three things. To be like the Volt, with AT LEAST a 40 mpg range (prefer somewhere closer to 80) on electric but with gasoline to extend it. Or, to have an extremely large range, ala 500-600 miles. Or, to have a good 200-300 range but have hot swappable batteries. This goes away if it ever becomes possibly to find a good network of rapid recharge stations, but at this point that's not the case.

    3. Speed. I need to at least be able to go 85-90 MPH. Is that illegal just about everywhere? Yes. However, at times driving in certain locations if you're going under that people are trying to run you over.

    4. Look. Call me superficial, but this would help me a bit. If you could get an electric car that actually looks like a decent looking CAR rather than a curved wedge on wheels it'd go a long way.

    5. Infastructure. If there's any actual movement towards having rapid recharge stations, or complex's making ports available at parking spots, that would help a lot. Right now I live in Northern Va in an apartment and soon will be living in a town house. Neither case am I going to have an easy way to get a plug out from the house/apartment to a parking spot to charge. So in that case, what exactly am I supposed to do with an electric car?

    I'm not against electric cars because they're electric, but until they are actually competitive and there's a legitimate reason for me to use one outside of just "it helps the environment"...or at the very least its not such a sacrifice on every other facet of buying a car just to get to the point of "helping" the environment...then I'm not going to buy one.

    The first two are really the important part though. Is

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Now that I have a feel of some people's feelings, here is some of the information from the EV1 car that was put out by GM from "96-'99. These cars were available through lease only.

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EV1]General Motors EV1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
    EV1 Frequently Asked Questions

    The Chevy Volt, this is a new hybrid electric due to be released next year

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Volt]Chevrolet Volt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
    Chevy Volt | Electric Car - Future Cars | Chevrolet

    The price is about $40K not counting the tax credit. It does come out to a little less than twice the other most available hybrids.

    Toyota Side-by-Side Comparison

    Looking at the information, I think they will definitely have to work a little on the miles per charge, but it sounds good. I doubt I'll be able to afford one anytime soon. It would make a nice car for me if I could though, just for those small errands.
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    If the Volt was sold for $20k instead of $40k, I'd be far, far, far more likely to buy one the moment they became available.

    If the volt was sold for $20k AND looked closer to the original concept of it I'd be at the front of the damn line on day 1.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Within 3 years electric cars will be (if not interfered with) able to do 1000 miles or more on a charge, you will eventually have solar powered charging stations in every parking lot. When you go to work your car will be charging out in the parking lot for 8 hours. When you go shopping you just plug into the nearest post or let your solar roof panel on your car do the charging. In 30 years (if not interfered with) you won't need to plug into anything, The entire paint job on your car will be solar collectors. However, there is always the probability that the greedy pigs will not allow this technology to happen because they will want their hands in your pocket at every turn. Enter the hydrogen charging station! Bush's best.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by confuseus say View Post
    Within 3 years electric cars will be (if not interfered with) able to do 1000 miles or more on a charge, you will eventually have solar powered charging stations in every parking lot. When you go to work your car will be charging out in the parking lot for 8 hours. When you go shopping you just plug into the nearest post or let your solar roof panel on your car do the charging. In 30 years (if not interfered with) you won't need to plug into anything, The entire paint job on your car will be solar collectors. However, there is always the probability that the greedy pigs will not allow this technology to happen because they will want their hands in your pocket at every turn. Enter the hydrogen charging station! Bush's best.
    Source? Or are you just making inferences?
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Have fun cooking a ham sammich in your car lol

    Well recharging it as you are driving to the point you charge as much as you drive is scientifically impossible if Im not mistaken.
    regenerative braking is not sufficient yes. that wasn't what i was talking about.

    instead:

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging]Inductive charging - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    is very possible. so possible i have enough education to design a system myself. in fact delivering power wirelessly was one of Tesla's visions. he envisioned delivering power wirelessly over long distances while i am talking about transferring it over about 5 inches between the road and the car.

    my only concern with such a technology would be for my own health. such a strong magnetic field is likely to be bioactive. i don't think we have the data to know what the long term effects would be for the users. we're talking electromagnetic radiation approximately 10,000 times more powerful than that emitted by your cell phone ...

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I'd have no issue with an electric car. I don't really care about what propels my car, I care what it can do. Give me an electric car that is:

    1. Competitively priced in the $10,000 - $15,000 dollar range new.

    2. Range would need one of three things. To be like the Volt, with AT LEAST a 40 mpg range (prefer somewhere closer to 80) on electric but with gasoline to extend it. Or, to have an extremely large range, ala 500-600 miles. Or, to have a good 200-300 range but have hot swappable batteries. This goes away if it ever becomes possibly to find a good network of rapid recharge stations, but at this point that's not the case.

    3. Speed. I need to at least be able to go 85-90 MPH. Is that illegal just about everywhere? Yes. However, at times driving in certain locations if you're going under that people are trying to run you over.

    4. Look. Call me superficial, but this would help me a bit. If you could get an electric car that actually looks like a decent looking CAR rather than a curved wedge on wheels it'd go a long way.

    5. Infastructure. If there's any actual movement towards having rapid recharge stations, or complex's making ports available at parking spots, that would help a lot. Right now I live in Northern Va in an apartment and soon will be living in a town house. Neither case am I going to have an easy way to get a plug out from the house/apartment to a parking spot to charge. So in that case, what exactly am I supposed to do with an electric car?

    I'm not against electric cars because they're electric, but until they are actually competitive and there's a legitimate reason for me to use one outside of just "it helps the environment"...or at the very least its not such a sacrifice on every other facet of buying a car just to get to the point of "helping" the environment...then I'm not going to buy one.

    The first two are really the important part though. Is
    getting a sexy $10,000 car is tough even when it runs on good old gas.

    how much is a Scion TC ? i think that's the cheapest "sexy" car.

    i agree with you that a car that will not do at least 90 mph is not safe. especially around Los Angeles and San Diego where people drive at 90 mph routinely. i think most hybrids can do about 100 mph, not sure about electrics.

    the real issue i think is going to be merging into traffic moving at 90 mph. for the most part i am deeply impressed with the ability of ****ty cars like Prius or Smart to navigate the road with the big boys. but one time a few days ago i nearly ran over a Honda Insight when he was trying to merge onto the highway - he was clearly having a hard time accelerating to 80 mph quickly.

    in the end cheap **** is cheap **** whether it is electric or gas. but a $120,000 tesla offers performance comparable to only something like $70,000 Lotus of which it is made out of. so right now electric cars are not yet competitive in terms of price/performance.
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