Hopefully they signed up to be members of the Good Sam Club...Uther wrote: ...and they were driving RV-camp to RV-camp.
Fred wrote:So, do EVs support multiple charging options? Can they accept either 110, 220 or 440, or are they restricted to one or another?
Fred wrote:It seems to me that if EVs are going to survive, they will need to fit consumer needs (from a charging point of view). And those needs may be something like... charging at 110 over night at home, charging quicker during work on a 220v port, and an even quicker charge on 440v ports at stores and restaurants. This, assuming the infrastructure were in place, would make EVs more usable in real life.
Fred wrote:But I'm still not 100% sure the whole EV thing is the real answer. Should EV evolve to mainstream use, how much did we accomplish? Unless we go full bore with nuclear power plants, we're just shifting fossil fuel needs from one area to another (from car to power plant).
Fred wrote:The other thing is that it will take a long time to move mainstream to EVs. A quick search shows that (in the U.S.) 38% of cars are over ten years old. 22% are between seven and ten years old, and 25% are between three and six years. That means 60% of U.S. cars are over seven years old.
Fred wrote:I think the answer needs to fit what we have now. How do we retrofit what we're driving? How do we use the infrastructure already in place? Ethanol is a possibility, but has a cost drawback, at least in the U.S. where it's made using corn (rather expensive). Why corn? Because the government stepped in and mandated its use as a subsidy for farmers because corn pricing was at an all time low at the time. But now that it's up (hmmm... never crossed the governments mind that corn prices might go up), it's too precious to be used for fuel. But Ethanol can be made from just about anything organic. Brazil makes it using sugar, for example. However, Ethanol has another downside in that it blends with water. That means it can't be easily shipped via existing pipelines. Another 'nol on the horizon is Butanol. It doesn't blend with water, so it's better suited for current infrastructure. But it's pretty new, and production processes are still being tweaked. My point about bringing up whatever-nols is they provide an answer that better fits what we have now. It would be far less difficult to tune what we have to use a good whatever-nol solution, and to use existing infrastructure to transport it.
JKTex wrote:$3.89 for diesel. Geez........
The Leaf batteries have a capacity of 24 kilowatt hours when fully charged, equivalent to the electricity used by the average Japanese household in two days, said the company.
The output from the vehicle comes to six kilowatts, enough to power electricity-guzzling appliances such as a refrigerator, air conditioner and washing machine at the same time, the company said.
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