Electric cars spark Utahns' interest

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  • Screwdriver
    June 16, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    When was the last time there was a waiting list of 14,000 buyers for a car?

    Gm allready had a nice electric car 15 years ago. They mads it ugly and people STILL wanted it. But the rolled out the Hummer instead and crushed the cars they had a waiting list for... Now they say thier Volt is not quite ready.

    Nissan better produce this car.

  • Dana
    June 16, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    It's a good-looking car. I can't afford one yet, but I hope those who can will buy so they can save money on fuel, and after they become popular there will be more models to chose from.

  • Screwdriver
    June 16, 2010 12:53 p.m.

    The price will come down. It's not the motor that's expensive it's the batteries and motor controller that's complicated and expensive. VCR's and DVD players or laptops are more complicated really so the price will come down.

    Even if 50% of you electricity comes from coal it 5 times more efficient to burn whatever fuel at the powerstation with 85% efficiency than it is to burn it in an Internal combustion engine that has a peak efficientcy of 25% and an average efficiency per mile of much less.

  • Larry W
    June 16, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    Hard to believe that the Leaf will cost no more than $40.00 per thousand miles to charge it. That figue is based on what cost for electricity?

    Honda's natural gas civic figuring 32 miles per gallon @ a dollar a gallon would cost just over $31.00 per 1000 miles for fuel.

    Does anyone know what the battery life is expected to be on the Leaf, and how much replacement batteries are expected to cost?

  • Jon W.
    June 16, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    Man those batteries must be expensive. I know electric motors with their one moving part can't possibly account for the steep price, compared to gas engine with dozens of moving parts.

    Well in 2025 I might be able to afford a 2011 Leaf.

  • Baron Scarpia
    June 16, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    The Prius versus Hummer life cycle study has been largely discredited as the greatest amount of environmental harm from cars comes from burning oil and not from manufacturing.

    The recharging of electric cars will be mostly at night where they will tap off-peak power. Coal-fired power plants can't be cycled down very easily (thus, they produce electricity 24/7 regardless of power need), so we'll more efficiently use that coal power that is now being sold very cheaply at night.

    Electric cars provide the greatest opportunity for our electric grid to become a substitute for oil. Electricity is about 1/3 the cost of oil, and its resources are virtually all domestic (coal, gas, wind, solar, nuclear). As renewables become an increasing part of the electricity mix, it will make our electric transportation system cleaner and more price stable (renewable energy doesn't rely on fossil fuel or uranium risks and price fluxuations).

    In short, electric vehicles provide the best opportunity to transition away from oil and keeps our energy dollars at home to create DOMESTIC jobs. In the long run, electric vehicles will allow wind and solar to become substitutes for oil.

  • 42istheanswer
    June 16, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    OK Drone, so we keep importing oil from terrorists &/or end up with spills on every coast? Right now the technology is in its infancy. Methods will improve (just as they have with petroleum based engines). Keep funding the terrorists with your Hummer.

  • SLDrone
    June 15, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Were the consequences not so dire, I find it amusing that these supposedly green cars are no such thing. The mining and smelting of the the lithium ion batteries create toxic particulate emmissions which lead to ACID RAIN. Because the Leaf and other all electric cars are recharged with energy largely generated by coal, energy which is inefficiently transmited, they also have substantial carbon footprints.

    One study widely published ranked the Toyata Prius as having a larger negative environmental impact (battery production, also a problem with the leaf) than that of a HUMMER.

    No so politically correct after all

  • jeb
    June 15, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    This is seriously exciting news! It's the beginning of a new era.