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    Would you buy an electric car?

    I just watched a show about electric cars and why they died.
    "Who Killed the Electric Car"

    It discussed all the possible reasons that the electric cars didn't last long. One of which said that people didn't want to buy them. Now if they were available at affordable prices, which is very possible, would you buy one? If not, why?
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I just watched a show about electric cars and why they died.
    "Who Killed the Electric Car"

    It discussed all the possible reasons that the electric cars didn't last long. One of which said that people didn't want to buy them. Now if they were available at affordable prices, which is very possible, would you buy one? If not, why?
    There are several problems with that film. First, it isn't super recent, taken when the EV was out. Next, among the list of who might have killed the car, consumers are only one possible suspect. The culprit is the oil companies, who paid the car companies to not destroy their monopoly.
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    While not cheap, the Tesla has a decent range. Also, the Chevy Volt has a range of 40miles before the gas-powered engine kicks in to recharge that battery, and that is within the average range of daily commutes.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    When the technology matures a bit, and reliability goes up, price comes down, I would like to buy one.
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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    No, I hate the environment too much. Plus I love evil oil companies.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Alot of it would depend on other factors and not only the actual car. Some of the things I would want to know are:


    What is the enery consumption of the car per mile? Meaning does an electric car actually save energy per mile or might it actually consume more resources only electricity instead of gasoline?

    How is my local electricity produced? Much of our electricity in the US is produced by buring oil. So would living in a area with such electricity use less oil?

    Energy consumption in the manufacturing of components. One thing thats often overlooked. Take a energy saver light bulb for example. While some may use 66% less electricity it costs twice as much in enery to manufacture so the total savings are not nearly as great as they may seem.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    i answered NO.

    i recently drove from NY all he way to California in my GASOLINE powered car. at one point i was in some kind of a desert in nevada or some rocky mountains or some such nonsense and it occured to me that there may not be any gas stations for a while.

    so i peek at the instrument cluster and it says range 90 miles ( about 1/4 tank was left ). then i go to my GPS and it says the next gas station is in about 110 miles. i turn around and drive 20 miles back to the last gas station i passed. a full tank gives me 400 mile range and with this newfound confidence i drive across the desert.

    now how you gonna do that in an electric car ? can you drive from one coast to the other in your Tesla ?

    NO !

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    There are several problems with that film. First, it isn't super recent, taken when the EV was out. Next, among the list of who might have killed the car, consumers are only one possible suspect. The culprit is the oil companies, who paid the car companies to not destroy their monopoly.
    And you actually believe the oil companies "pay off".
    If only that was provable.
    I think this is just more BS to pollute our lives.
    The electric powered car for our cities and California is a necessary thing.
    But their cost of operation is, last I knew, higher. The numbers are against them.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    Quote Originally Posted by NEUROSPORT View Post
    i answered NO.

    i recently drove from NY all he way to California in my GASOLINE powered car. at one point i was in some kind of a desert in nevada or some rocky mountains or some such nonsense and it occured to me that there may not be any gas stations for a while.

    so i peek at the instrument cluster and it says range 90 miles ( about 1/4 tank was left ). then i go to my GPS and it says the next gas station is in about 110 miles. i turn around and drive 20 miles back to the last gas station i passed. a full tank gives me 400 mile range and with this newfound confidence i drive across the desert.

    now how you gonna do that in an electric car ? can you drive from one coast to the other in your Tesla ?

    NO !
    400 miles is a poor range; my '85 VW Diesel had a 700 miles range. A range of 20 miles is sufficient for many people.
    So one should not knock the short range of electric cars.

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    Re: Would you buy an electric car?

    I say it depends. My worries are-

    1.Price of the car verses a regular car.

    2.The long run price of charging the car up verses the long run cost of filling a gas tank up. This would also include price increase possibility if everyone decided to use electric cars and if it would increase the possibility of rolling blackouts.

    3.Potential vehicle repair cost of an electric verses and battery replacement verse the repair cost a gasoline car.

    4. The length of one charge verses distance I am able to travel.
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