Sunday, 29 April 2012
I don't know if any of you are aware of the range and charging times of electric cars, as currently developed? The answer is woeful, in both cases.
It's not for nothing that the Toyota Prius is referred to as the "Pious" by the more cynical. Bought by those who want to show all and sundry that they care about the environment, the ice caps, the polar bears and all the rest. Yet this hybrid isn't much better emissions-wise than a good modern diesel.
But we'll be in some pickle if the public is fool enough to take up the government's stated preference for solely electric cars, such as the Leaf (above). The national grid wouldn't be able to cope, and the country's roadsides would be littered with stranded electric cars that did not live up to their manufacturers' range boasts.
In short, this technology is not advanced enough at present. It's all very well having a giant Scalextric motor propelling you along. The problem is that battery recharging times/cycles are not up to the job yet... and might never be. Range is compromised by low temperatures - and mollycoddling comforts such as heat decrease it still - and charging times are far too protracted.
Buy one at your peril.
Strictly for early adaptors/eejits.
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Posted by The Gombeen Man at Sunday, April 29, 2012