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Old 10-18-2013, 05:52 AM
 
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I really want the electric cars to succeed, but it's only practical for a second, "in-town" car at this time. Unfortunately, the pricetag is also an obstacle, as a second car for commuting or errands ought not to be priced in the luxury range. Electric cars need a big breakthrough in the battery technology to become mainstream.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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I really want the electric cars to succeed, but it's only practical for a second, "in-town" car at this time.
Ok, now we are going in circles here.

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Unfortunately, the pricetag is also an obstacle, as a second car for commuting or errands ought not to be priced in the luxury range. Electric cars need a big breakthrough in the battery technology to become mainstream.
In about 4 years Tesla will be coming out with a EV that will cost about 30-35k and will have at least 200 miles of range.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The more charging stations available, the more practical EVs will become. Hopefully charging times can be cut drastically as the technology evolves. I personally wouldn't consider an electric car right now, but may as the charging becomes easier. An acquaintance gave me a ride in his Tesla. Very nice car, though I still like the sound a big internal combustion engine makes.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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We already have a bunch of electric charging stations here in the Triangle. There are even two charging stations at the Whole Foods down the street from me. Here is a list and map of the triangle charging locations.

https://trianglewiki.org/EV_charging_station_location
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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People need to wrap their heads around the concept that you don't wait around as if your pumping fuel, you can leave your car unattended while it charges. It's the perfect time to go have lunch/dinner and use the restroom.
Except that for many trips that isn't practical. Doing this when driving to Florida would add an extra 4 to 5 hours to the trip. I guess it is nice that Tesla is building a single charging station on a highway whose length is near the limit of the Tesla's range. Just don't leave the state.

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Then it's probably not a good option. For YOU.
But Al Gore says that if everyone doesn't buy electric cars RIGHT NOW the planet will DIE!!!!!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Get a Prius for now and as the all electric vehicles improve then move over to all electric?
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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Except that for many trips that isn't practical. Doing this when driving to Florida would add an extra 4 to 5 hours to the trip. I guess it is nice that Tesla is building a single charging station on a highway whose length is near the limit of the Tesla's range. Just don't leave the state.
They aren't just building a single charger though. Within the next 6 months they are scheduled to have about 30 of them on the east coast from Maine to Florida. Seven of them will be on I-95 between the NC/SC state line and Miami. ICE vs Tesla travel time will be virtually the same assuming you stop for meal/bathroom breaks.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Except that for many trips that isn't practical. Doing this when driving to Florida would add an extra 4 to 5 hours to the trip. I guess it is nice that Tesla is building a single charging station on a highway whose length is near the limit of the Tesla's range. Just don't leave the state.



But Al Gore says that if everyone doesn't buy electric cars RIGHT NOW the planet will DIE!!!!!!!
We may run out of gas, if that matters to anyone.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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Think of this:
Right now when the oil price go up you can cut down on driving and it doesn't affect your home much at all.

When and if most people are driving electric cars, what will happen to your home electric bill?
It will go up and you will cringe every time your ac goes on at home and much more of your daily life will be affected.
the only cost savings will be in the beginning, after that.....
As for the environment, the electric needs to be generated by something.
Solar is good but its not really affordable for most for wide adoption.

When the environment issue comes up, I dont hear much about how many smart phones get charged everyday and thrown away to get upgraded to the next one after a year.
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