A Daily Jolt OF Electric Car News

The Lotus Evora cutaway
The Lotus Evora cutaway

Here is a look at what is happening worldwide with the electric drive and related topics.

  • Renault-Nissan Alliance In China.  The Renault-Nissan Alliance continues its foray into China by inking a deal to form a partnership with the local government of the Guangzhou Municipality in order to promote electric vehicles, EV, according to DETNews.
  • Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Hits California.  By January 1, California will continue its crusade to lower the “life-cycle carbon intensity” of fuels consumed by cars, trucks, and other vehicles by 10% over the next decade.  According to TechnologyReview, fuel distributors will need to reduce the carbon intensity of their fuel by blending in low-carbon fuels such as cellulosic biofuels, or by purchasing low-carbon credits earned by other firms that beat the standard.
  • Tesla Model S, Hello Downey, Goodbye Long Beach.  Tesla Motors has decided over whether to build its upcoming Model S in Long Beach or Downey, California.  And the winner is, Downey!  According to Wired, the electric vehicle, EV maker has chosen Downey… or have they yet?
  • Flux Power Incorporated Integrates Alternative Energy.  Alternative energy is a hot item now days for battery makers and component assembly.  According to EcoFriendNews, Flux Power Incorporated is introducing a lithium battery system to serve as backbone technology for the EV, Solar, Wind, Industrial and Peak-Shaving industries.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more.

3 thoughts on “A Daily Jolt OF Electric Car News”

  1. Electric vehicles are new untested unproven technology. They are small, are inconvenient to use, need to be charged up after every few miles, they are not as safe as your regular SUV, their batteries need to be replaced every few years and their batteries are unbelievably expensive to replace. The infrastructure to use, repair, and charge up the electric vehicles is not there and no one, including the government, is willing to invest in them. Therefore they are unsafe, inconvenient, tiny, little cars that you need to charge up all the time for several hours at home, so you can’t really use them for long distance travel either. There is one and only one thing that could be done to make these electric vehicles more desirable for the general public, and that is to make them at a price similar to or less than your average car sold in the stores. Guess what the best of the normal cars are about 15 to 25 thousand dollars, but the best of your average electric cars are 100 thousand dollars Tesla!! Even the lowest most cheapest electric cars are between 25 and 40 thousand dollars. So you have these relatively useless, unsafe, small cars that are sold at a much higher price than normal cars. And the same goes with the so called hybrid cars. Why in the world would any sane person buy them at such high prices???

  2. Hi Robin,

    You bring so many great points that have been already dis-proven and we thank you. For one thing, EVs are safe, if not they would not be DOTed, in the U.S.. The SUV myth of being tougher than most cars has always been exaggerated and proven wrong. Have you seen an SUV slamming into a normal car and killing everyone in it? Gruesome price for “tough”. And an SUV slamming into another SUV still causes a lot of damages. Have you seen the Tesla Roadster accident? You can go and see it here: http://electricnick.com/2009/10/27/a-daily-jolt-of-electric-car-news-11/ Pretty darn tough.

    As far as batteries being expensive, that is true as in any new technology. ABS was expensive at first, so were seatbelts, etc. Yet, today they come standard. It has to start somewhere. As far as infrastructure, electric outlets are everywhere. Unfortunately for North America and a few other countries, 110V is not as convenient as the rest of the world’s 220V system. The infrastructure is here and being developed.

    We love hearing how expensive EVs are. They actually come in as low as $4,000 for a neighborhood EV, and $15,000 will get you a highway worthy one. Of course, you can go top of the line and spend over $120,000 for a Tesla. So comparing a $25,000 gas car to an over $100,000 EV is not the best point one can make. Not only do government invest but individuals buy purchasing EVs and also people who have made a fortune. Whether you like Elon Musk or not, at least he invests his fortune into something that wrestles power back into local economy.

    Batteries need to be replaced every few years. Toyota RAV EV and Ford Ranger EV owners have been driving their EVs for over ten years and all are approaching the 120,000 miles without replacement. Yes, a new pack will cost them $6,000 and lithium would go up to $12,000 and give you another 100,000 + trouble free, maintenance free miles. $6,000 to 12,000 every 10 year or continual gas + maintenance for gas cars. If you do the math, gas loses.

    To answer your questions about why would a sane person buy an EV, we think about this way. Every time we gas up, we send money away to countries with shady ties to groups that threaten world peace. In order to stop these groups, we send young women and men abroad to defend our lands, the same land that sends money to the threat. No matter how you look at it, putting gas in your car is the highest of lack of patriotism. Add to this pollution which directly effects health that you and I are paying for, and it really becomes silly. The real question is why would any sane person buy a gas car, give their money to global corporation that give money countries with ties to disruptive groups and add pollution they will pay for again? Indeed, why?

    Making a little financial sacrifice today means a better world tomorrow. This is coming from people who use solar panels to power their SUV and pickup trucks EVs. Driving without guilt is something we can pretty much all do now.

    Thank you Robin for these wonderful points.

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