@ Johnny Triumph -- yes, you're right, it is old technology. But we have to
look at the available infrastructure as we contemplate moves away from oil. A
few years ago, everyone was excited about fuel cells, but the problem is that
none of that hydrogen fuel is readily available. What's interesting
about the fuel cell was that it was really a hybrid -- like the Prius, so
electricity was at its heart. Almost everyone has access to
electrical outlets in their garages (true, apartment dwellers may not, so that
is still a problem). Thus, from a practical marketing perspective, the
"new" technology to replace gasoline must be convenient enough for
people to juice up. Natural gas and electricity are the two most
promising alternatives. An infrastructure is available for both fuels, but both
need rapid expansion of they are to be as convenient as gasoline is today.I believe the plug-in hybrid is the likely transitional technology that
can have the best of both worlds -- you can charge up for practically nothing
($1.60 for 100 miles on electricity is the estimate I've seen), but for far
distances, you can use gasoline and still get 40-50 MPG.
To compare costs of electric vs gasoline cars, you have to include the increased
costs of the electric cars and chargers. When you do that, even with gas at $4 a
gallon and Utah's cheap electricity, electric cars are more expensive to own and
operate. Since almost all of Utah's electricity comes from fossil fues, driving
an electric car isn't helping the environment, either.
Considering that Europe is way ahead of the United States, for Smith's to at
least embrace change for environmentally friendly transportation and that its
private industry, not government, I applaud commercial, for-profit enterprise to
think about catching up with the rest of the developed world.
Electric cars are OLD technology, why are we embracing them? It's time to put
some thought into newer technologies and get them to the masses. Where has the
innovation gone in America? We're falling behind the rest of the world.
I wonder what price gas will have to be before you naysayers start realizing
that charging your car for an hour essentially for free, outweighs fueling your
car for 10 minutes at some exorbitant price? Is it $5/gal? $10/gal? Because I
guarantee you'll see those kind of prices in the next 5 years.
@PP -- free fuel that I can charge up while I shop for groceries, sounds
convenient to me!By the way, you don't HAVE to stay there for an
hour -- this is just the limit for your parking there. This is merely a
convenient "pit stop" to charge up -- they're increasingly common in
CA and if often allows plug-in car owners to get a spot near the front entrance
of stores. I saw a high school last month in Silicon Valley where
all the parking lot was covered with solar panels so that students will be able
to park their cars in the shade and charge up their cars while at school. The
future without oil is starting to shape up.Hey, with gas destined
for $4 a gallon this summer, and electricity being only a fraction of that from
home, juicing up from my garage overnight will be far more convenient than
running to the gas station once or twice a week.Don't laugh at the
technology -- extended range plug-in hybrid cars like the Volt allow you to get
to St. George no problem. If you juice up on electricity, it cuts travel costs
Man electric cars are awesome!!!! Only an hour to "top off" your
battery. Hopefully you don't have to drive to St. George or you will double
your travel time. Sometimes the line can get bad at the pumps where the average
time it takes to fill up is 3 minutes.