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Old Oct 16, 2012, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TheWoodCrafter View Post
I say the technology is not ready because of the limitations involved.

Whether it is solar power, wind power or electric vehicles, the limitations are still there and they are big.
They will work in some areas or instances but not all. Where ICE does work always.
One of the biggest obstacles for cars is the limited distance and recharge time.

The shear size of our country will limit wide spread use of electrics cars for decades.
Infrastructure will take so long to install that by the time it is in place the battery technology could have changed.
Similar to NiCad to LiPo.

To be an electric car owners you have to be willing to put up with the limitations and I don't see the majority of people doing that.
If it can't provide the same level of use at a lower cost, electric cars will not be widely adopted.
Fair enough, but we are approaching the threshold.

Take a look a the Tesla Model S which has >200 miles pure-electric range and comes with lifetime FREE fast recharging from their network of solar-powered "supercharger" stations with 4 already operating across CA and a large network planned to spread right across the USA and southern Canada.

Yes, it is still an imperfect solution in some ways, yes the Model S (and Model X) are still expensive as an up-front expense, but they demonstrate that the technology and infrastructure problems not only can be solved, but have been solved and that now it is primarily a scale and attitude problem.

Better Place offer a different approach which is also functional in small geographic pockets today but again demonstrates the technological viability.
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