Hi everyone. I'd heard there might be some confusion about why Mr. Griffin's charger said Nissan. The Nissan and Chevrolet chargers are interchangeable - you can use either one - and he bought these off eBay. Just wanted to clear things up.
The electric car has been around for years but now we are taking a serious look at them as a means to wean ourselves off foreign oil dependency and reducing our carbon footprint.
While it's true that coal-fired plants provides most of the energy for the electric cars they still will use less of it and in some states nuclear energy is the main source.
Israel is not going to be left behind; they have recently opened 17 EV charging stations on their way to 150,000 places to plug in, that tiny country.
Our transmission lines are single phased, California is working on a dual phase (smart meter) system whereas cars can upload the unused energy and vice versa. California is also working on a battery exchange filling station system.
I think the Prius (no plug required) is a lot better than the Chevy Volt because its hybrid battery is recharged either through regenerative braking (kinetic energy from coasting/slowing down spins a generator to make potential energy in the battery) and/or by taking excess power from the gasoline engine (use the gasoline engine as a generator) to recharge the hybrid battery....According to my owner’s manual.
We are consuming less oil, yet some want to find more of it...They seem to forget the price of oil is controlled by the world market. OPEC will not stand by and let us control our own supply because they could easily saturate the world market with cheap oil helping our competitors.
Sure I agree it is just a trickle down effect and we would be at the mercy of the electric companies, but they are here in the US. That cent per Kwh would jump up and pollution would also.
I have a issue with a questionable elected leader waking up and telling the world, you put restrictions on me well my oil is not leaving. So every day the gas jumps up 3-10 cents but our take home pay stays the same.
President Bush stated "we are addicted to oil" and he is right. There is not any President that can write a speech that will lower gas prices.
Texas has 20 operating coal-fired power stations, and 20+ million in population with 41.5% having 2 cars. That is a lot of sweet crude oil and gas consumption per week, we have to get away from the technology of 1908, the Model T got 13-21 MPG @ $.20 cents per gallon. Chevy Tahoe (avg. vehicle in Texas) gets about 15-21 MPG @ $3.69 a gallon or over $3400 a year in fuel alone.
We have different vehicles for different task such as towing, people moving, or work related. We should have all electric car, one that runs on propane or hydrogen, and even gas. Currently we have a large percentage on gas only.
As most, even if they do not acknowledge it, know that solving a problem seldom occurs at one time.
In the real world, we solve problems one part at a time until the problem is solved. Waiting, until a "silver bullet" occurs is impractical.
I blame television for unreasonable expectations.
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Good luck with that Edsel, err I mean Volt Mr. Griffin!!!
Getting ready at getting one for 2013. Unlike the Prius that hasn't changed much in 5 generation models, it is not a hybrid. The engine is more of a generator for the battery so when you pass the 40-50 mile limit of the battery the generator keeps it charged. Hopefully they can get away from using gas and use natural gas or propane.