• Matt Posted: 6/22/2009 12:52pm PDT

    I'm glad that you're one of the few writers in the "optimistically skeptical" camp, but I can't help but punch a few holes, or offer a few comforts.
    You offer three issues: The optimistic change-over time, the high voltage connectors, the false floor. I'll keep it short:
    Changover can't be as complicated as a roof and doors - it is probably just 4 bolts and a couple heavy connectors.
    The high voltage connectors don't HAVE to last through 10,000 connections. They just have to have a bolt-on replacement connector that costs $2. When it shows signs of wear, or after X connections, replace it in 3 minutes with a new connector.
    The need for a false floor will raise the passenger compartment and make the vehicle taller? What about that 60gal gas tank that my car has underneath right now? That didn't raise the seats.
    Another commentor also mentioned that the batteries wear out and go funky. This used to be a problem on home-brew electrics, but Battery Management Systems are now ensuring longer life and easily identifying problem cells.
    These are not 100% perfect solutions... but since when has anything in the auto industry been 100% perfect?

  • Electric Car Guy Posted: 6/7/2009 8:46am PDT

    That is a great idea. Can't wait to see all the pure electric cars on the street. We have been replying on fossil fuel for far too long. It's time for a change.

  • Skeptic Posted: 5/15/2009 1:48am PDT

    "Long way to go"

    We have a very long way to go before electric vehicles can match the utility, cost, and ease of petro-vehicles.
    Today, one can refuel most vehicles in 10 minutes or less. For the duration of that tank, that vehicle will retain full performance potential, from the first drop to the last, and with great confidence that the fuel will not be defective and cause running problems. One can allow the vehicle to remain unused and be assured that the full potential energy will still remain ready to use months down the line.
    An electric vehicle still takes a relatively long time to recharge, and with other issues to overcome, standby time has not been addressed. The Better Place model could potentially cut down the time of "refueling," but there is still the possibility of a poorly maintained or defective pack putting a serious crimp into one's travel plans.
    Still lots of work to do.