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#1 OFFLINE   SnowStorm

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 10:20 PM

This article says that battery costs are already down to $300 per kW-kour and "...within five years, electric cars will be cost competitive with ICE-age automobiles."  Spring is here!  The ICE-Age is ending!


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 10:33 PM

ICE is not ending and it shouldent. It's still the best technology available for the application it's used in. Electric will never be the future--it cant be. People need to drive cross country which cannot be done without a huge network of charging stations and extremely high current, high voltage charging stations. Further, some people just do not want cars. They want huge trucks that can tow 80,000 lbs, and electric is especially not suited for that application.

ICE will be around for a very long time. It's not going anywhere.


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 12:43 AM

Never say never. "Get a horse" comes to mind. ;)


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 03:27 AM

Never say never. "Get a horse" comes to mind. ;)

 

Yes, that was my thought, exactly. To paraphrase: Horses are not ending and they shouldn't. It's still the best power available for the application it's used in. Gasoline cars will never be the future--it cant be. People need to drive cross country, which cannot be done without a huge network of gasoline and extremely volatile, huge tank, filling stations. Further, some people just do not want cars. They want wagons that can tow 4000 lbs, and gasoline is especially not suited for that application. 


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 09:44 PM

ICE will be around for a very long time. It's not going anywhere.

 

Won't much matter when there's no breathable air left due to pollution from the ICE.  My third negative remark tonight I'm in a bad mood. :rant:



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 10:09 PM

ICE will be around for a very long time. It's not going anywhere.

 

Won't much matter when there's no breathable air left due to pollution from the ICE.  My third negative remark tonight I'm in a bad mood. :rant:

 

I'll agree ICE isn't going away, at least not soon. OTOH, something does have to change, particularly as the CAFE standards continue to get stricter. It will be interesting to see how the automotive industry adapts to meet those standards, though it does seem clear we will continue to see more hybrids and EVs. Additionally, we will see continued improvement in EV (including hybrid) technology, to help automakers meet those goals.



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 11:56 PM

  • "ICE will be around for a very long time."
  • Horses will be around for a very long time.
  • "The ICE-Age is ending."

All true!


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 10:36 AM

Modern cars are pretty good on reducing pollution. I think ICE will be around so long as oil is available, or until alternate energy works out cheap enough. That combination of events will probably be a while to occur. And we have to keep in mind that the developing world will need energy to get out of poverty. I think the industrialized nations tend to forget that.



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:26 PM

Remember when CDs arrived?  EVERYONE said records weren't going anywhere.  You know what?  They were gone in a blink of an eye.

 

In 20 years, there will be electric charging stations in every single parking spot and you won't be able to buy a straight ICE car.  I suspect plug in hybrids will be the norm but with Telsa producing cars with 300 mile ranges......who knows?



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 05:02 PM

Remember when CDs arrived?  EVERYONE said records weren't going anywhere.  You know what?  They were gone in a blink of an eye.

 

In 20 years, there will be electric charging stations in every single parking spot and you won't be able to buy a straight ICE car.  I suspect plug in hybrids will be the norm but with Telsa producing cars with 300 mile ranges......who knows?

No, I pretty much doubt that prediction. Electricity is going to be too expensive compared to oil. As to hybrids, that depends on a lot of factors, including how fuel efficient they can make the ICE only vehicles.



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 05:36 PM

The price of electricity has got nothing to do with the price of tomatoes. 

 

How much are the Focus Electric owners on our forum paying to juice up their cars?  $1 a day? 



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 05:57 PM

I think ICE will still be around.  I know guys that hate hybrids and say it is too quiet.  That said for most people it comes down to cost.  Gas prices have dropped a lot over the past year.   Truck sales have been great and the C-Max's have had a hard time selling as have many other smaller fuel efficient cars.  As the cost of electrics come down and become cheaper to buy/operate and maybe even simpler to repair then the sales will go up.  

 

Someone said here that records have gone by the wayside.   True for the most part but there is still a market for records.  I recently heard about a few new turntables coming out.  So it is not dead but a small percentage of what it was.  I think ICE will become the same thing. Some will still want it but most will switch to the new technology again if it is better and cheaper.  



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 06:11 PM

The price of electricity has got nothing to do with the price of tomatoes. 

 

How much are the Focus Electric owners on our forum paying to juice up their cars?  $1 a day? 

Electricity is going to go up, at least here in CA. I currently pay almost as much for electricity as I do for gas, in running my Energi.

 

I keep track of both, to calculate MPGe.


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 08:18 PM

Said in 1905: 

 

Horses are not ending and they shouldent. It's still the best technology available for the application it's used in. Gasoline will never be the future--it cant be. People need to get cross country which cannot be done without a huge network of gasoline stations.  Further, some people just do not want cars. They want huge wagon teams that can tow 80,000 lbs, and gasoline is especially not suited for that application.

Horses will be around for a very long time. They're not going anywhere.

 

 

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 07:45 AM

This is from 2012, we were passed by one a couple of years ago between Dallas & Houston.

"Heavy-Duty Hybrids

Coca-Cola began building a hybrid fleet in 2001 and now has the largest heavy-duty hybrid electric fleet in North America. Steve Saltzgiver, Coca-Cola's group director of North America fleet operations, says alternative-fuel vehicles now make up close to 10 percent of the company's heavy duty truck holdings, and the company is on track to double this percentage in the next seven years. So far, Saltzgiver says hybrids have saved the company up to 30 percent in fuel and reduced emissions by about one third."
http://www.coca-cola...uckers-save-gas

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 09:59 AM

Hope springs eternal...

 

I drove my first hybrid about 7 years ago.  A 4 day rental prius while in CA.  took me a while to finally pull the trigger.  was happy even with the prius....

 

I think the ICE will have it place for a long time.  Hybrids have become mainstream.  100% electrics are now being sold by major car makers.  Tesla has the range for all others to shoot for.  now if we can get range with a lower price.  Couple that with some charging station network...we'll be on to something...

 

I could easily use any of the all electric cars for my daily use.  my commute is under 20 miles one way...  Old habits die hard.  and I'm not ready to give up the ice 100% just yet.  We are a two car, soon to be three-car  family.   I wonder if a new EV may be in the my future I can pawn the 2008 Saturn Vue green line off on my daughter...



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 11:07 AM

The real problem with EV is the charging time of a half an hour or more is inconvenient when compared to 10min. gas fill up. Going Cross Country would be a pain. ;)

 

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 11:38 AM

The real problem with EV is the charging time of a half an hour or more is inconvenient when compared to 10min. gas fill up. Going Cross Country would be a pain. ;)

 

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Charge time needs to be reduced and you have to charge more frequently but, hey, we're suppossed to stop every two hours anyway plus you can do the food/restroom/walk-the-dog/etc stuff all while charging.  Throw a Tesla my way and I'll go Cross Country for FREE (while somehow managing to cope with the new "pain")!



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 11:43 AM

edmunds did a cross country thing in a tesla   23 stops for charging

 

Distance: 3,331.9 miles
    Total time: 67 hours, 21 minutes.
    Driving time: 52 hours, 41 minutes
    Average driving speed: 63.2 mph
    Total Supercharger plug-In time: 14 hours, 40 minutes
    Average Supercharger plug-in time: 38.3 minutes
    Number of Other Stops: 0
    Total energy consumption: 1.06 Megawatt-hours
    Total fuel cost: $0 (thanks to Tesla's free Superchargers, available to all Tesla owners)

 

figure with our cmax,  you'd get 500 miles per tank on highway milage so thats  6.6 stops for fuel (90 minutes).      figure by the time  you stop for food, potty add in another 6 more stops (2 hours)


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Posted 15 April 2015 - 12:28 PM

We're still in the "Model T" phase of electric technology.   Obviously things are going to be far different in 20 years.   There's exciting stuff going on in Europe with heavy-duty vehicles and diesel/electric technology.   But if you think you're going to be driving an Escalade with a massive V8 in 2035---think again.

It simply doesn't make sense to spend loads of money on fossil fuel technology when newer technology provides massive savings.  Coca-cola are on the right track and other companies will jump on board as well. 








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