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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    ok but does your VW have 360 horsepower ?Of which 300 is wasted - simply used as "ego food". I despise waste..



    for those people who only need 20 miles there is something know as A BUS.There is also reality; bus service in America is about as reliable as department store selection , which is poor.
    he VW has, as I recall 52 romping stomping Diesel horsepower..The 50 MPG is not magic.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by confuseus say View Post
    The internal combustion engine is archaic and obsolete and it should have been scrapped a long time ago. Simply not true.The "higher mileage" cars that are coming out now are shelved technology that was weaseled away from their original inventors then shelved to keep the oil companies happy. Electric car technology is the technology that is growing at a fast rate. Once people start buying electric cars the technology will take off and before long internal combustion engines will only be seen at car shows and car museums. That iis my opinion.
    My screwball idea is a Diesel/electric powered car.. This works well for the railroads, why not automobiles ?
    Forget the greater costs..
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I would think die hard greenies would just off themselves seeing how in their mind humans are the problem or at least sterilize themselves.
    You just don't understand greenies.. they want to reduce the population by 80%, but they want you to step up to the plate, not themselves.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by confuseus say View Post
    There are several reasons to buy an electric car . for instance; to tell the oil companies to take a hike, to tell the Arabs to take a hike, to tell the big 3 to take a hike. To be able to drive past a gas station posting $3 per gallon or more with a smile on your face because you are no longer at their mercy. and 1 more reason: to KNOW that you are no longer financing terrorists every time you fill up your tank. Just think, no more oil changes, no more costly engine repairs. Their are hundreds of moving parts in an internal combustion engine. Only one in an electric motor. They are quiet, and most are capable of doing 0 to 60 in 4 seconds or less. Even though they will eventually be able to compete with a gas car in distance, if you buy one that only goes 90 miles on a charge, that is more than enough for most commuters.
    And what does it cost every 3 years for new batteries? What does it cost per mile to recharge? How will it stand up to a collision with an 18 wheeler? Will any of those electric cars pull a 5,000 lb. boat? Do they come in 4 wheel drive?

    Until they get those 18 wheel + trucks on their own roads away from me, I'll stick with my 22 MPG extended cab, long bed, 4x4 power stroke.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Mark my words most people wont be driving petrol driven cars in 10 years time maybe less.
    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    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.
    You are aware that our government subsidizes ethanol by about a dollar per gallon, right?... and ethanol gives about 15% less energy per gallon, right?

    You do know that transmission losses for electricity is about 8%? Any idea of what the efficiency is for converting fossil fuel into electricity?

    What do those batteries cost in that dinky little car, and how often do you have to replace them?

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    You just don't understand greenies.. they want to reduce the population by 80%, but they want you to step up to the plate, not themselves.
    Yes, I heard they encouraged suicide...

    Mark my words most people wont be driving petrol driven cars in 10 years time maybe less.
    Due to the economic implications of alternative energy for cars I doubt it. Probably longer. Just being skeptical.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Yes, I heard they encouraged suicide...



    Due to the economic implications of alternative energy for cars I doubt it. Probably longer. Just being skeptical.
    Fair enough time will tell.
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    for those people who only need 20 miles there is something know as A BUS.
    I actually think the bus is far more convenient on a cross-country trip than it is on a 20-mile commute. The problems with short bus trips like a work commute is the waiting for the bus and generally longer travel times of the bus due to it making frequent stops and the annoyance of bus transfers.

    On a cross country trip waiting an hour at the bus station for the bus isn't such a big deal, they don't make frequent stops like a city bus, and they can drive more hours per day than I can (with multiple bus drivers).

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch View Post
    And what does it cost every 3 years for new batteries? What does it cost per mile to recharge? How will it stand up to a collision with an 18 wheeler? Will any of those electric cars pull a 5,000 lb. boat? Do they come in 4 wheel drive?

    Until they get those 18 wheel + trucks on their own roads away from me, I'll stick with my 22 MPG extended cab, long bed, 4x4 power stroke.
    In a lot of places trucks aren't allowed on highways or roads.

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