• James Davis avatar James Davis Posted: 3/19/2012 7:11am PDT

    Now what is America's excuse for not mass producing electric cars and super charging stations? It is difficult to break America's greed and gluttony for oil, isn't it? It seems that more businesses can profit from electric cars than they can from ICE cars. Like someone said on this rag, "When was the last time you saw a hotel giving away free gasoline?" That hotel can give away free charging if they have a GE's solar park somewhere around their business. Several businesses can build the solar park and all would benefit.

  • fb_100001493104035 avatar Knows Posted: 5/14/2012 3:56pm PDT

    You forget that manufacturers of ICE's also make a lot of money on maintaining the car after you have driven it off the lot. AAA in 2009 came out with a survey, and it estimates the average cost to own and drive a typical car is around $8400 per year. Those costs include insurance, gas, and service. I pay about $800 a year for insurance so the rest on that on average is the gas and service. You can look up the True Cost to Own (TCO) on your car here if you like?


  • MichaelThwaite avatar MichaelThwaite Posted: 6/1/2011 11:11am PDT

    @Clive I did a little investigation; it seems that the extra weight doesn't factor that highly. It appears that the weight of batteries, metal & plastic determine the range more so that the humans & their luggage. Talking to someone that recently did a few long range drives with a fully loaded car it doesn't seem to have affected range at all, or at least not enough to register.

  • fb_569645406 avatar Clive Posted: 5/31/2011 7:11am PDT

    What I want to see is a Nissan Leaf with a family of four, luggage for a holiday and see how far it will go on a full charge. I've asked UK owners - no takers. I'm guessing it will be 50miles or less. Not exactly an everyday family car.

  • Jack D Posted: 5/28/2011 1:37am PDT

    A great read indeed. I remain a bit sceptical however, with electricity costs on the rise, the trip would've been quite more expensive if they had to pay for the electricity out of their own pocket. Over here on the mainland, one kwh costs about 24cent (24/100Euros), also one should remember that electricity has to be produced somewhere and a big amount still comes from coal plants. As for nuclear power... add up all the costs, including for transporting and storing the burnt-out elements and it is the most-polluting and most-expensive way of creating energy. Suddenly, the ordinary Diesel car seems quite economy-friendly.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 5/27/2011 4:56am PDT

    This is a great way to continue to get a positive message about EVs and move away from the gasoline mindset. EVs are not the perfect solution, they have their limits. But then again, gasoline cars have their limits as well (price, pollutions, noise, etc).