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Charles Murray
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Effect of temperature
Charles Murray   3/21/2014 5:51:56 PM
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AAA Motor Club says electric car range can be hurt by temperature extremes.

 http://www.freep.com/article/20140320/BUSINESS0104/303200084/AAA-electric-vehicles

 

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Trenth   2/12/2014 7:22:00 PM
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It seems plug in hybrids like the Volt are the ideal choice for now.  The vast majority of trips are less than 30 miles.  

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Charles Murray   8/26/2013 8:24:55 PM
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You're right, Gorksi. The 20-minute charge makes a big difference. The problem right now is finding a fast-charge station. A 440-V charge won't be allowed in homes.

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Rob Spiegel   4/25/2013 1:33:24 PM
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Good point, MyDesign. I can see that hybrids will continue to improve and continue to come down in price. They will come down in price partly because of increased volume over the next decade and because of competition. I can't see this path for EVs.

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Mydesign   4/24/2013 11:51:43 PM
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"Seems to me the hybrids are more ready for primetime than the EVs. That's looking at it from a customer/user point of view"

Rob, exactly. More peoples may prefer only hybrid vehicles than single fueled. Eventhough I had an EV, I prefer for the hybrid one because I can switch between the fuels, depends on my usage.



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Re: Electric inside and out
Rob Spiegel   4/22/2013 3:57:45 PM
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Yes, that would be helpful if they could bring the cost down, even if it does take another eight years. In the meantime, the automakers are digging deep to develop this technology.

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Rob Spiegel   4/22/2013 12:46:16 PM
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I have a hard seeing how the EV goes mainstream, Elizabeth. The hybrid, however, has a chance to become an affordable car even in a world of lower gas costs.

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Charles Murray   4/20/2013 11:36:36 AM
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Engineers from both Ford and GM have told me they expect the cost of lithium-ion battery packs to dip to $250/kWh some time after 2020. If that's so, it would probably cut about $8,000 out of the price of a Volt battery. That would be a huge boost for the Volt and for every plug-in hybrid, especially those with larger batteries.

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Rob Spiegel   4/19/2013 12:22:21 AM
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I agree, Chuck. Hybrids stand a much better chance for success. They can arguably be used as someone's sole vehicle. Bring down the price a tad and they could catch fire. 

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Rob Spiegel   4/19/2013 12:14:58 AM
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Cost is a major factor, ChasChas. Automakers are expecting a lot out of their customers. They're expecting customers to buy a car with limited performance and high costs. And as Chuck mentioned, these cars may have low resale value if they need a new battery.

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