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Electric Cars: Building Hype Since 1911


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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 11:23:09 AM PST
Magna Carta says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 11:34:53 AM PST
W.T. Keeton says:
I'm not much for electric cars, but the Tesla Roadster is a very, very cool ride.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 11:38:44 AM PST
Magna Carta says:
Electric cars would close most gas stations since there would be no need to go to a station.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 11:40:16 AM PST
Rev Otter says:
Tesla Model S wins Motortrend's Car of the Year for 2013

http://www.motortrend.com/oftheyear/car/1301_2013_motor_trend_car_of_the_year_tesla_model_s/

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 11:44:45 AM PST
Rev Otter says:
<<Electric cars would close most gas stations since there would be no need to go to a station.>>

just as internal combustion engines closed most horse stables. :)

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 11:46:16 AM PST
The Weasel says:
We had electric powered trains before oil became cheap -- Pennsylvania RR had the remarkable GG1 and the Milwaukee Road also used electrified rails. So depending on the economic situation electric power was utilized in our past and will be again if it makes economic sense.

But why do you use the word "hype"? That implies that you think electric isn't feasible as a power source. If you meant to imply that electric simply isn't a new idea I agree with you. But if you mean to imply that it didn't work then and therefore wouldn't work now I'd have to disagree.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 12:16:10 PM PST
Brian Curtis says:
I'm holding out for jetpacks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 12:28:39 PM PST
Jim Penname says:
It won't work. It doesn't work . And no one is going to electrify the roads to make it work.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 12:53:29 PM PST
"will be again if it makes economic sense."

Agreed - and without government support.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:06:36 PM PST
freedom4all says:
Magna Carta says:
Electric cars would close most gas stations since there would be no need to go to a station.

f4a: If and when they can store as much energy in the batteries as a tank of gasoline and recharge it as quickly as filling up a tank of gasoline and all weight as much as a tank of gasoline.

Not close on any of the three, yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:07:24 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:07:49 PM PST
i tiwll never make any kind of sense including economic

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:10:55 PM PST
freedom4all says:
Jim, if the could figure out economical power transfer by induction instead of direct contact, maybe.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 1:17:54 PM PST
Ryan S. Hupp says:
You're right- this problem is difficult, so we should give up immediately.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 1:27:17 PM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
When GM came out with the EV1 they had chargers all over California. The owners had nothing but good things to say about the car.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:29:47 PM PST
Jim Penname says:
" if the could figure out economical power transfer by induction instead of direct contact, maybe."

Completely possible. Just astronomically expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:31:14 PM PST
Amon says:
So it would be replaced by the "watt station." Look it up.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 1:35:53 PM PST
Zero Wolf says:
if your city loses power for several days you may not want to dump your old gas-powered car.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:49:09 PM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
It's standard procedure here in Florida to have a generator and a couple gas cans standing by in the shed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:50:15 PM PST
The Weasel says:
Jim Penname says:
It won't work. It doesn't work . And no one is going to electrify the roads to make it work.
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Won't work? Neiggggghhhhhhhhh I say!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:50:23 PM PST
Dean says:
New generation electric cars can go 75 miles or more on a charge which is a lot more than most people drive in a day. They could easily fill the needs of a lot of people, not all. No one is suggesting that they will replace every internal combustion vehicle. If we actually invested in renewable energy instead of burning everything in sight, we might even be able to charge them all. When gasoline powered cars first appeared, they weren't considered very practical either.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:50:49 PM PST
T. Reid says:
Yeah, Electric cars cost too much money to maintain. Economically it does not make any sense right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:51:27 PM PST
The Weasel says:
andthehorseirodeinontoo? says:
cant work
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Tesla S model have 300 miles batteries already - and you can charge them at home on either 110 or 220. Can't work is the worst excuse ever. Of course it'll work - if it makes economic sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:52:58 PM PST
The Weasel says:
T. Reid says:
Yeah, Electric cars cost too much money to maintain. Economically it does not make any sense right now.
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Now is the key word. The original combustion engine cars cost much more than horses to maintain. And Air Mail used to super expensive. Anything can be made cheaper if there's a market to push development.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 1:56:13 PM PST
dss says:
None of these things has to happen for electric to work for a fair number of people. Note- we don't need everybody. Not practical for you doesn't mean failure.

If you have a short commute and can re-fill every night just by plugging in (or even at work since some places have already installed re-charging stations and more will), then it works for you. Tesla is up to 300 miles on one charge. If not, wait for larger capacity batteries. The weight saved on the gas engine offsets the weight of the batteries, which is also coming down.
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