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Gorski
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Ne EVs
Gorski   4/17/2013 3:25:15 PM
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An interesting display of EVs by many manufacturers. I like the iE that recharges in 20 minutes. If it could go a reasonable distance between charges I could see it in an urban environment, like taxi cabs.

Gorski

tekochip
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Overnight Charging
tekochip   4/17/2013 12:34:38 PM
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Overnight charging would fit the needs of most consumers, so adopting an EV would be a consumer preference similar to buying an SUV, pick-up or a sub-compact. The real issue is the cost, because nobody would want a sub-compact that cost more that a luxury SUV.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Electric inside and out
Rob Spiegel   4/17/2013 12:07:00 PM
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I agree, Elizabeth, that the variety of EVs is good news for the sector. Ultimately, though, I think costs will have to come down before EVs can gain significant market share. Right now they're a specialty market. Lower gas costs -- likely to come as energy supplies grow through expanded exploration and fracking -- may put a damper on EV sales. Low energy costs will make it that much harder for EVs to pay for themselves in gas savings.

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The photo of the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid is funny.
RichardBradleySmith   4/17/2013 11:46:31 AM
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Think about it. It looks like your dad filling the car up with gas. Anyone who wants this wants robots to change the battery in 30 seconds. It looks like Audi has their head up their... oh, never mind.

For my part I have been waiting for this as I live where we have sun, it is the shade that is the problem. Or not. We cover our parking lots with solar panels.

A special thanks to Design News for sending me a T-Shirt. I found it not so good to wear to a Netflix event as people thought I was "media".

 

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Re: Electric inside and out
ChasChas   4/17/2013 11:16:52 AM
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Bob,

Your right about the customers. Lack of customers mean the problems haven't been addressed.

Most customers don't even know what the problems are - or that there are any problems. The problem most customers see is cost. The rest seems to be political.

jhankwitz
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Re: Electric inside and out
jhankwitz   4/17/2013 10:17:36 AM
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It looks like there's a lot of money being spent on developing these EV's by a lot of manufacturers.  It's going to be a hard sell in a market focused on value and price. We may be seeing a lot of early adopters buying now that there's a larger selection, but time will tell if the general public will ever be willing to take on the extra cost and inconvenience.

SunitaT
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Battery spec
SunitaT   4/17/2013 7:26:46 AM
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BMW's three-door i3 Concept Coupe takes three hours to charge.

It a pretty long time to charge compared to fuel refilling. Its something like keep your car for charging and forget it. What are the spec of battery, like how much is the mileage if the battery is charged upto 10% full battery charging? What is the life span of these batteries?

Mydesign
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Re: Electric inside and out
Mydesign   4/17/2013 1:04:32 AM
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"Clearly automakers are committed to designing and producing EVs. Now all we need are the customers."

Rob, there is no doubt that the market is driving in such a way that both industry and customers are looking for multi/hybrid fuel based vehicles.

Mydesign
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Hybrid vehicles
Mydesign   4/17/2013 1:01:46 AM
Charles, thanks for the slide shop and nice snaps. Any additional info's are available about these vehicles. I mean, when it will be available in market, cost, engines power etc.

Charles Murray
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Re: Plug-In Vehicles
Charles Murray   4/16/2013 6:21:14 PM
I agree, Al. It's a nice vehicle. I still can't imagine how it seats seven, though.

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