Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Future of the Electric Car
Having just watched a video drive of the Chevy Volt, I had to ask, are we going to see a repeat of the first generation of the electric cars? Probably, and for a few reasons. First we're still too dependent on oil and they are still too powerful. Second, battery technology is holding the electric car from replacing, the gasoline engine. Then there is the cost, the Volt which is nothing but a freaking hybrid runs about 40k or more. And lastly, maintenance on the electric car is practically nil, save brakes, tires, and wiper blades, wont keep the dealerships up and running very long. It's obvious for several reasons we need to break away from oil, but do you really think Detroit will sell you something that wont bleed you to death with those costly repairs over time of all those moving parts? Nope its my guess this latest half-baked attempt will fail by design and in a few years will be swallowed up and forgotten.