Southern Utah towns offer stations to charge Tesla cars

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 12, 2014 8:44 p.m.

    Another problem is that I don't want to drive three hours and then sit around for an hour. Most of the time if I drive I want to stop every three hours, get out stretch my legs and get a snack and get back into the car in about 20 minutes. It seems like the technology of speeding up the charge process needs to work better. Nobody wants to make an 8-hour trip into 11 or 12 hours...

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    April 12, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    Why are these counties pandering to the wealthy? Tesla cars are far beyond the reach of ordinary Americans. They're also powered by coal (which generates most of the electricity in America, especially in this part of the world) and require strip-mining for the raw materials of batteries; they are anything but "green." I don't see the point in counties supporting them.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 12, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    Reasons why Electric Cars aren't that wise.

    1. The reason hybrid cars have an advantage is during acceleration electricity takes over. Anyone who accelerates gently will have much of the advantage of an electric car without the added expense and complexity.

    2. Weather that is too cold or too hot depletes the battery of any electric car. A car can easily lose half of its charge on a cold winter day and lose 20% in weather that is too hot. 75 degree weather is required to lose the least charge.

    I accelerate very gently and my gasoline mileage has gone up noticeably. I am considering getting a natural gas only car for around town. As time goes on I expect there will be more NG outlets throughout the nation. Natural gas cars are less expensive to fuel and they last twice as long as gasoline cars, because the natural gas produces less corrosive chemicals in the engine than gasoline cars do.
    The advantage to getting a natural gas only car, not one that will use gasoline too. The advantage is higher efficiency. The compression ratio is higher in a natural gas only car.