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Old 03-18-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Several people I know are talking about buying that new electric car, the Leaf.

Remember how when the Prius came out, and almost overnight they were everywhere? I think the same thing could happen with these electric cars.

I can see the big appeal in a place like Nova. With the amount of stop and go traffic we have here, a car that needs little (or no) gas is a real boon. But.... what would happen if thousands of people started driving electric cars around here. Would our electric grid be able to handle it?
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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If they were charged at night, it wouldn't be as big of a deal.

I also don't think there'd be enough folks buying Leafs, maybe a few thousand a year, to make a difference except on nights where the lows are like 75 with 95% humidity.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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I think they idea was that they would mostly be charged at night, when demand on the power grid is at its lowest. I'm sure there's more to it, but that's where it is right now. They claim the range is 100 miles on a charge, but in DC traffic I'd figure that number would drop significantly. (Think about the commute we had during the last snowstorm.) Personally, I'm going to keep my current gas sucker for as long as it will possibly last. Gas costs a lot but so do car payments, personal property taxes, and collision insurance.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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It doesn't seem to me that it would be worthwhile for many people to switch cars and take on a whole new car payment.
For me personally, I have no interest or need for a Leaf.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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You don't think a lot of people will be turning over a new leaf?
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Would the plural still be leaves? Or leafs?
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Small correction if the price of gas stays over $5 a gallon for longer than a month or two, you might see some panic-induced buying thereof.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Would the plural still be leaves? Or leafs?
LOL
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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You don't think a lot of people will be turning over a new leaf?
That was just terrible. My only question is would it be confusing if you parked it on the curb during November?
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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That was just terrible. My only question is would it be confusing if you parked it on the curb during November?
What happens when it is parked illegally -- is it Leaf removal?
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