There is a lot of info here.
This is really an interesting read.
Is anyone here actually considering an EV or Plug-in Hybrid?
I know that after driving the Leaf and Volt, I would be very interested myself.
Although I do share the concern about such limited range. 100 miles is just not enough for a main car.
Big thanks to Matthew for the tip.
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I'm considering the Fusion Energi.
EV I think are too limited but PHEV for now look like decent option especially with rebates.
I think this EV info is incomplete. There are a lot more benefits than (tiny overall) CO2 reduction. Energy dependency for one. And how expensive are side-effects of air pollution? That cost is ignored.
Also just because China pollutes we should give up?
Those who produce EVs need to figure out how to reduce their environmental footprint. For example, those huge batteries (which mainly contain unthinkably harmful toxins) in EVs are, once used up, exported to Africa where the disposal (simply burying in the ground) takes place. Environmentally friendly disposal is still very expensive and not feasible.
Looking at the Smart EV which will come out in the spring. That car will be priced competitively with a gasoline compact after subsidies, and the range is twice my daily commute of 40-50 mi. The savings in gas and maintenance will make it almost free.
As a second car, it's almost ideal. I've got the Saab for longer trips and bigger loads, so I'm not worried about range. The Smart will get recharged overnight, so it will start each day with a full tank of electrons…
Let's face it, as much as most American families need a bigger car or SUV, almost nobody runs two SUVs.
I have to admit that the numbers wouldn't work if I was running just one car, unless I lived in Paris or London.
We are all forgetting we are polluting land to avoid polluting air by switching fossil fuel cars to EVs. Land pollution affects our aquifers (which contain all the drinkable water on Earth).
Question: it says if everyone would drive an EV then CO2 would go from 8.08 to 1.8 KG a day. That would be 0.023% of total US CO2.
But if 12.5% of all CO2 is from passenger vehicles then how did we end up with 0.023%? Or is it that in US vehicles are smaller % of total CO2?
If you have a brain, think about what it really means to drive an EV a little deeper. Don't be carried away by media.
Now why wouldn't this chart provide information on how much money consumers save by not purchasing gasoline?