Originally posted by Chadwickus
Unless you're able to source the electricity from a clean source it really isn't much cleaner than a normal petrol engine.
That's definitely a problem down in the United States, and it's high time they updated their grid!
Where I am in Ontario, it's mostly nuclear and hydro-electric dams that generate our electricity. So we could use this vehicle without feeling guilty
about where our electricity is coming from.
The excess electricity generated here in Ontario and over in Quebec is sold off to the US. Their eastern seaboard makes us some serious cash.
If they would finally get around to updating their technology, 1: They wouldn't have to pay us so much for their electricity, and 2: You could get
rid of all those ridiculous coal and oil plants and not have to worry about how much garbage has been pumped into the atmosphere.
Looking at how much coal the US uses for energy, it amazes me most cities in the US can still see sky. Yes, natural gas is second after coal, and
right after that is crude oil... wow.
To me this is just mind boggling... but then, different countries, different standards of living.
Basically, for Canada at least, electric vehicles are looking very feasible.
Electric motors will turn over regardless of temperature, and given that most cities in Canada already have plugs available everywhere you can park
for block heaters, finding a plug to charge with won't be an issue.
Our grid is no-where near max capacity, and our energy production is already geared toward running green.
So lets get these things over here pronto!
But no, I have to disagree with hydrogen. It takes WAY too much energy to electrolyze it from water for it to be efficient in the long run.
You get far more efficiency from a battery system.
And batteries are making some great headway in environmentally safe disposal. I haven't used a battery myself that had mercury in it for a few years
As for the car we're all talking about, wow, is that ever a beautiful car. Very nice curves, and it still pulls off the "I mean business" look.
Top end gets 160 miles per charge.
It will take some time before the price comes down, there aren't many companies to compete with at the moment, and the vehicles are still marketed to
the upper-middle and upper classes.
But all good things come to those who are patient.