Excellent point, Ron!!! When you peel back the onion, $$$ are in the center core. I'm really getting more skeptical about the feasibility and acceptance of electric cars in the future. Just as you brought up this point about replacement battery costs, and the probable excessive costs of re-charging EV batteries, I fully agree that the hidden and unspoken financial penalties of these EV's will surprise a lot of people in the near future. I've never seen a governmental agency get behind some new project when it didn't mean that they were in for a profitable endeavor at the taxpayer's expense. President Regan was right! Just say'n.Right now it’s $10k + to change batteries.
charging stations are nice, and water used to be free. Wait till they start charging $ to charge your car. And I am sure the gasoline tax will be put onto the chargers for the road tax. Think about all the revenue generated by the taxes on gasoline that will be lost. They will make it up somewhere. And of course we will be the ones to pay for it.
I feel like we’ve got a long way to go.
It depends, some models include charging while others such as the 3 (well, when I bought mine) required a credit-card for payment. I am not 100% sure if the Tesla chargers work with other cars. I did wire in a 240V at home which, was able to charge it relatively quickly. However, fueling up a car is still faster however, the quick chargers have improved quite a bit as 10 minutes can buy you up to 50+ miles in most EVs now. Even so, I think we are a while away before we see a majority driving EVs as compared to ICE vehicles. Also, for people who do not have home access to charging, it will always present a problem unless apartments and other places begin offering charging with parking. Also, any house with more than 2 or 3 cars will see a significant electric bills (mine on average was about $75 worth each month).I've seen Tesla charging stations. I'm guessing a Tesla owner can plug in at no expense. But are there "charging" stations out there that will work on a different electric vehicle? Do they have standardized plugs? Is there a fee to charge for 30 minutes as an example?
There are some efforts in the area of creating a National Electric grid with storage and exchanges between the various regions.You all make some good points about the electrical infrastructure necessary to support a large, and growing number of EV's in our society. I just think they're putting the cart before the horse with the increasing number of EV's replacing ICE's as standard means of transportation. Even if the government or private industry (most likely) start bulking up to address the future and substantial need for more electricity, getting them to get on board to supply enough electrical power to sustain the EV's is going to be difficult. How will they determine how much more electrical power will be needed? What I see happening is what we seem to do all too frequently in this country. We run head long into some new technology before we think about the support and complexity of a supportive infrastructure to make it work. Instead, we play catch up for years, trying to solve the problems that are created. Maybe I'm just being too pessimistic, but I think we will have some real problems in our future.
They should make a battery for each motor, 4 motors, 4 batteries (25% of the current battery size). Each battery can charge independent of the others. Recharge time is then 25% of what it is now. One battery dies out means one motor does not work. You still have 3 batteries and motors.Maybe a new technology will come along to make the charging much faster.
Don't know about you guys, but I for one will never buy an electric GT500 even if it has 2000 horsepower. To me, a GT500 is a car begun and refined in the tradition of 1960's and early 1970's American muscle cars. Speaking for myself, an electric or hybrid GT500 is blasphemy. It is bad enough that it no longer has three pedals. To then go to an electric car is way too much for me. Just my opinion.Hey guys and gals, I thought I’d start this discussion based on what’s going on with the trend of engine technology and the potential of regulations going forward. I feel the current GT500 that we are all loving and experiencing right now may potentially be the last of a breed. We now see Ferrari moving away from naturally aspirated motors into hybrid power technology and others are doing the same. Is it possible the next GT500 could be a hybrid powered beast with over 1,000 hp? I was just curious what others think. We already see the potential of the Mach E and success of how much power these types of engines can produce. I’m sure the next GT500 will be similar. But who knows.
Would love to know peoples thoughts.