Who killed the electric car?

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    It can't possibly be that it sucked and no one wanted to own one except as a vanity item, right?
     
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    Actually no.

    The battery technology was there to increase range to 300 miles per day, but the auto and oil companies used their money and influence to kill it.

    But it's making a comeback big time.
     
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    Nope,

    It couldn't possibly be that after paying 30 or 40 thousand you had a car that could go about 100 miles and then required eight to ten hours to use again. Nope, it couldn't be that.

    It couldn't possibly be that after using the car for about eight to ten years that you would have to replace the batteries at a cost of 30 thousand bucks again...nope, not that either.

    Maybe it was the fact that after you take into account the amount of energy that is lost in transmission lines and the fact that...well face it you have to generate the electricity in the first place (thereby using fossil fuels of course) it turned out to be less efficient than a car that gets 4 miles per gallon, nope...it couldn't be that.

    Nope it is all Bush and Cheney's fault:eusa_eh:
     
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    Why would anyone pay $30 - $40 or more for an electric when a similar gasoline auto can be had for $18 - $20K? Unless oil rises to $300/barrel there is no economic case.

    BTW ya know what happens when lithium batteries get ruptured? It ain't pretty.
     
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    You show me a battery that has that kind of longevity and I'll put them in my fishing boat for the trolling motors.
     
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    No they didn't. The fact remains that the battery technology only now is getting to the point where you can get that kind of range. And it comes at a cost. That cost is the amount of money it takes to replace them, the fact that electric cars are much less survivable than standard cars in an accident. The fact that environmentally the batteries are extraordinarilly wasteful because of the transport costs from where the material is mined to where it is manufactured etc. etc. etc.

    When an electric car is made that corrects at least some of these problems they will only be a niche vehicle. I would love to have an electric vehicle for doing errands around the house but the cost is prohibiive for such a limited capability vehicle.

    If the car companies make them cheaper and more efficient the PEOPLE will want them. Until then you can be as conspiratorial as you like but if the PEOPLE don't want them I don't care how ridiculous your conspiracies get...no one will buy them except the very rich an the celebrities trying to look like they're doing their part for the "environment.
     
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    Chrissy likes to turn a blind eye to the environmental disaster that cadmium (a key component in batteries) mining in Canada has been....Speaking of willful ignorance.
     
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    Hi Dude,

    They actually have been able to generate that longevity, of course the battery pack alone weighs around 1800 pounds, so I don't see too much chance of it being used by your bass boat!
     

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