if you notice, the issue is battery cost vs gas price, if Gas costs are at $5/gal almost any
Battery price is supportable. At Battery Costs under $300/KWH, an EV is sustainable.
As volumes increases, we should hit those points in the learning curve.
All the Federal subsidies are doing are serving to kick start initial production.
at Current gas prices, Hybrids are sustainable and we see nice steady growth of Hybrid vehicles. Almost every major manufacturer has a hybrid now, and, the Prius has sold 3 million world wide. Not too shabby by any measure.
EVs are ramping up nicely, and battery costs are coming down. I'd say the big issues are we need to have a standard for fast charging, (Level 3) and we need to make it a national priority to get fast chargers at the interchanges of major interstates and then every 100 miles along the major interstates. (A partnership with truck stops would do nicely).
EV's still require a bit of learning curve, and the price/performance isn't where we want it to be, but it will be there by 2020. Sooner if gas prices stay high.
Sorry you didn't care for the turn in the conversation. But it isn't all about the economics. There are considerations of practicality and environment that speak to the subject as well and I believe they are much more important than the $ per mile.
CO2 is not poison. It is essentail in the cycle of life. Pretty obvious who's been brainwashed. I prefer a different term for green energy; Technology Regression, moving away from modern convenience to a more primitive existence. None of the green energy technologies have the potential to equal what it portends to replace. It can never be competitive because it is inferior. That is why it must be subsidized. The only feasible non-fossil fuel energy technology is nuclear and that has been forestalled by the Luddites or greenies if you prefer.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
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