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Revenge Of The Electric Car

10/20/2011

That’s the title of a documentary opening in the US later this month. It’s about four entrepreneurs who are leading the field of electric vehicles.

Here’s the trailer:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erickson permalink
    10/21/2011 2:41 PM

    Interesting that a GM bigwig is one of the four, eh? Looks like they finally got past killing off the EV1.
    I think the Volt-type car is the mid-term answer. Run a small engine as a generator (though I’d vote for diesel rather than petrol/gasoline) with a small battery pack (or condensers, as a couple other companies are playing with) to store the electricity. Until we can make over the infrastructure to accept pure-electric charging ports (and MASSIVELY increase the generating capacity to match), this is the lowest-pain option. Though I would still also vote for a displacement tax – the bigger the engine, the more tax you pay. Hey, if you can afford a V-8 muscle car or towing-capable pickup, you can cough up a few extra sheckels. Besides, that might help in getting those idiots in the land-yacht huge SUVs OUTTA MY WAY! :D
    (My sports car has a “large” 2.8 liter V-6 – I try to be a good boy! ;) )

    • 10/24/2011 10:30 PM

      Yeah, I was talking to an engineer friend a while back who seems to know the EV field pretty well, and I learned from him that we simply don’t have the infrastructure to make the transition to EVs anytime soon. Seeing the kind of effort on display in the trailer is encouraging, though. Probably fueled (pardon the pun?) by high gas prices.

      • John Erickson permalink
        10/24/2011 10:46 PM

        At least down here in the States, there are some Federal fundings, as well as various tax breaks and/or subsidies at the state level. It’s also enlightened self-interest by the auto makers, because for every 45-50 MPG electric or hybrid they build, they can build a high-profit huge SUV or horsepower-crazy performance car (or 2 or 3) and still get in under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy ratings (CAFE).
        There was a huge push for battery cars, because CAFE viewed them as “infinite” mileage, but that’s recently changed to a more reasonable “mileage equivalency” rating, so that battery cars no longer offset a huge number of gas guzzlers. Which is yet another reason I support the radical hybrid variation – a small engine as a generator. Range limited only by the gas tank, you don’t need 18 hour recharge periods if you don’t want to, and you can use the infrastructure that exists. Those will be the mid-term answer, until we can either make MUCH better batteries, high-load condensers, or much more workable (and affordable) fuel cell engines. (Short-term can be the “mild hybrid” or, as the car mags call it, “electric superchargers”. Small batteries on moderate-sized engines to give occasional bursts of high performance.
        Oh, I guess I should’ve warned you ahead of time, I’m a gearhead. Like you couldn’t tell…….

      • 10/25/2011 1:37 PM

        Ha ha, I think I gathered that at some point. Here’s a link you might find interesting, about an app that helps you find the cheapest electricity available for an EV:

        http://www.ecogeek.org/automobiles/3623

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