Comments on: Will ‘range anxiety’ limit the electric car? http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: wgbrand http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345223 Sat, 22 May 2010 18:38:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345223 The president needs to give the order to install charging plugs in all hotel, apartment houses and public parking lots. Use the army to make the installations. Setting up the infrastructure will do more to damage the Arabs than a hundred tanks! Build a power meter into every car to pay for electricity drawn from public plugs.

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By: wgbrand http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345221 Sat, 22 May 2010 15:36:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345221 Honda makes a portable electric generator. If I had an electric it would stay in my trunk. For long trips it would be desirable to include a trailer hitch on all electric cars. Just attach your trailer. Connect the Plug and pull the chord. You have 20 hp worth of extra charge along the road. The range extender engine need not be built into the vehicle. Hertz can rent you a power trailer whenever you plan to take a long trip.

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By: philly888us http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345200 Fri, 21 May 2010 18:08:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345200 so you would rather pay $10 a gallon for gas and keep things the way they are. china and india will be buying cars and using gasoline if nothing changes, a few more million gasoline cars will push gas prices up more. that’s ok because I will be raking it in buying oil companies that are now cheap because of the gulf oil spill.

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By: Fishrl http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345197 Fri, 21 May 2010 16:06:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345197 The Volt and other PHEVs are the future of the automobile. They also represent in incremental change over today’s hybrids, something less radical and ultimately more practical. The problem? Who wants to pay close to $40K for a Volt with gas hovering around $3/gal? We need a <$30K car that has the same capabilities, or we need to hike taxes on gasoline (political suicide for whoever dares).

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By: VegasJack http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345196 Fri, 21 May 2010 15:55:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345196 back in the day (1970) i was made aware of a hybrid set up where the car would be powered by an electric motor which received it’s electrons from a collective of batteries which were charged by a generator that was powered by a very small internal combustion engine. thereby the gas if powered by gas that is was about 1100 miles per gallon. this configuration is basically the same as the Chevy Volt setup. wow 40 years and only one car company has finally built one that does away with ‘range anxiety’. I have always been for variety in power sources. Grandma always warned me about putting all my eggs in one basket. I want a solar powered car with a battery back up for night time.

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By: Bob1962 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345195 Fri, 21 May 2010 15:52:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345195 With replacement batteries come other problems. For example: what is a lifetime of a battery? How many times you can recharge a battery before you have to throw it away or recycle? Is it going to be recyclable or you would have to dispose it? If you have to dispose it, then where and how and what to do with this waste? Are the batteries going to be interchangeable for all vehicles – there should be a standard. And list is going on and on….

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By: philly888us http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-345193 Fri, 21 May 2010 15:11:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-345193 the easy solution is to make the batteries replaceable at a station and you pay what it would cost to recharge, just like replacing a battery now in a regular car. nissan has been looking at this approach. all gas stations will carry these batteries where they add a markup to cost of recharging.

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By: HBC http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-344866 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:18:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-344866 A consumer society sounds bad enough. A consumer society driven by anxiety is awful, but that’s the way those on the supply side make the biggest killing, selling any old junk.

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By: tba26 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-344864 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 04:06:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-344864 I currently have a hybrid, but love the thought of an EV. Unfortunately, I live in a rural area and the nearest city of any size is 50 miles away(100 mile round trip). If the Costco there had a charging station it would make the trip feasible.

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By: drewbie http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/04/26/will-range-anxiety-limit-the-electric-car/comment-page-1/#comment-344861 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 20:46:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=17053#comment-344861 The trouble with the ‘filling’ problem isn’t time, it’s efficiency. It’s a simple result of thermodynamics that the faster you charge a battery, the more energy you waste doing it. GE and Nissan can work for 3 years or 300, but physics is a hard thing to get around.

There is, however, a very easy way to avoid the refiling inefficiency and the range anxiety: spare batteries that are easy to change.

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