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Electric cars are only viable because no-one is using them. When we're all on electric (as the government seems intent on forcing us there, even more aggressively than they tried to force us into diesel cars) where is the electricity going to come from? Where are the batteries going to come from? What is the impact on the environment?
Still the diesel thing didn't end badly so I can't see why this will either.
And the power companies also tell us even if the plants were built the infrastructure (cables, substations etc) to deliver that much power doesn't exist raising the cost astronomically, notwithstanding sourcing the materials required and then installing it would mean literally tearing cities apart to get it out there.
Aint gonna happen.
Already paying too much for electricity, wanna pay >50 times more for something that won't even be ready in your lifetime?
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For sure, the same was said about computers, or any tech. The point I'm trying to highlight is that people know they have to fill their cars with petrol, it's a conscious act that reminds them it consumes resources and is doing environmental harm (if they care about such things), but the problem with electricity is that people have an existing relationship with it...they flip a switch and get light. There's more of a conception that electricity is "free", it comes from thin air almost. I think it makes people think less about the dangers that are there and it can also possibly cause people to trumpet electric cars more than they possibly should.
Until there is a massive renewable energy revolution, nuclear revolution, or massive improvements in inductive charging then the future of electric cars for all isn't quite here yet.
Oh yes, the environmental impact is of course hidden. In fact many people actually think electric cars are 'green'.
The usefulness of renewables depends on a few things:
i) Pollution in the street. Well, we got rid of lead. Diesel particulates are still a problem.
ii) Pollution at the power station. If we assume CO2 isnt a pollutant, then for example gas is very clean. Coal not bad (compared to wood chip) and can be scrubbed at the power station. Nuclear? It is of course very clean. Provided the plant doesnt blow up, and the waste can be entombed in concrete for a few million years.
The problem with renewables is they are so unreliable. It isnt even the cost, as horrendous as it is, thats the problem, it is the fact it is never there when you need it.
One day I am sure we will find a solution. Geothermal is the most obvious to me. Always on, available globally, 'infinite' heat source, technically quite simple to get to.
I wish Tesla the best - I really do. However, I live in Canada, and last winter we've had a few weeks straight of -30C days. I work from home, and I sometimes have no need for my car for weeks at a time. My car stays outdoors, exposed to the elements.
Put all of these together, and there's just no way I'm part of the target demographics.
So if the battery is dead how do you get in to pop the cover (probably also electric) to open the cover for the charge unit? Or put it in neutral to have it towed?
I'm pretty sure I would not like to live in a world in which I would never be offended.
I am absolutely certain I don't want to live in a world in which you would never be offended.
Freedom doesn't mean the absence of things you don't like.
Out of curiosity I priced up the X in AUD, entry level $146k, top of the range with all the bits $283k, ouch!
I like the looks of the X, the entry level would suit me very nicely but as I bought a Mazda CX5 for $26k (admittedly it was 2nd hand but less than 10k on the speedo) I think I'll just hang on to the extra $120k.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity