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Battery-Electric Vehicles: It's a Question of Trickle-Down

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a long slow road
naperlou   7/21/2014 11:01:33 AM
Cap'n, it is going to indeed be a long slow road to adoption.  My neighbor has a Volt (which I think is the better interim system) and he gets good costs, etc.  On his commute he can go all electric almost all the time.  On the other hand, he still has to recharge each night.  With an ICE, if I am low on fuel, I can pull into a gasoline station, one of over 100,000 in the US, and fill up in minutes. 

At present the cost of charging EVs is low, but if there were large scale adoption, that equation would change.  I am not saying this is the wrong way to go, but we would then need to build more powerplants.  This will up the cost significantly. 

It is an interesting question, but I would hope that people would concentrate on the real issue.  That issue is energy storage and utilization.  On the utilization front we have many efficient alternatives.  It is storage (gasoline, hydrogen, batteries) that is the issue.

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Re: a long slow road
Charles Murray   7/21/2014 5:50:32 PM
I agree with you and your neighbor that the Volt (and other plug-in hybrids like it) are the best interim solution. With a Volt, an owner can travel back and forth to work for weeks without filling up on gasoline. The problem right now is cost. But it will be easier to reduce the cost of the Volt because it has a smaller battery.

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