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There was an article in the Boston Globe lately that mentioned that Toyota was researching the mass interest in owning/using EV. I personally would not plug anything into the electric grid as that would raise my electric bill, and there is no way of telling if that raise would be less than, equal to or greater than my auto fuel consumption bill. If I could take advantage of a wind turbine to charge the car, I would consider that an option, but otherwise I will not be in the market for EV. Ever...

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I got into a Japanese car because of interest in hybrid power and the Japanese were the only manufacturers making them.
After over three years, I personally do no longer believe the hybrid is the way to go and so when an "American "EV" is available, that will be the way I will jump.
Right now I'm waiting patiently for the Chevy Volt."
I did a years "homework" before purchasing one of the first 04 Priuses and you can bet I am doing that now with the Chevy.



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Ok, now you've got me curious: why isn't a hybrid the way to go?

I'm open to all suggestions.
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I will buy this one to replace my ICE sport car. If price can be sustained for the masses.
People thinks EV are slow but check this out.

Has 350 Li-ion Batteries! 60kw per wheels x 8 wheelers @ 80hp per motor. Attached to each wheel.

Most of Japan's Auto manufacturers not interested to help develop it.


Eliica Project.
http://www.sfc.keio.ac.jp/visitors/igac ... 24.html.en
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=QS8jqmBh4M0


The first case study deals with the electric car project. Keiichi Tsutsumi of Electric Vehicle Laboratory talks about Eliica car, which has recorded a top speed of 370 kph.

Eliica -short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car- is an eco-car powered by lithium ion battery with high-level performance. Its outstanding features are increased mileage per charge and shortened recharging time. The Eliica Project aims to bring this environment -friendly car to the market. At the moment, two running prototypes have been developed and are undergoing tests to prove their safety and performance as passenger vehicles. Car No. 1 is meant for high-speed test driving and has recorded a top speed of 370 kph. while Car No. 2 has acquired car license to run on public roads. The project will continue further research and modification to make Eliica practically usable.

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Ok, now you've got me curious: why isn't a hybrid the way to go?

I'm open to all suggestions.
Two answers.
1) Existing hybrids are 100% gas powered. This started as a discussion of 100% electric powered cars.
2) A fully capable PHEV would be just as good as an EV, if the range is better than 10-20 miles on pure electric.

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I personally would not plug anything into the electric grid as that would raise my electric bill, and there is no way of telling if that raise would be less than, equal to or greater than my auto fuel consumption bill. If I could take advantage of a wind turbine to charge the car, I would consider that an option, but otherwise I will not be in the market for EV. Ever...
Energy cost for an electric vehicle is equiviant to 60 cents a gallon for gasoline. Another words if your car got 25 mpg, the same size electric car would only cost you 60 cents to drive the the same 25 miles. It would be like having a car that got over 100 mpg.
Even with half your electric power coming from coal plants. The electric car will polute less than a gas powered car.
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(pssst....it's "in other words")
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Ok, now you've got me curious: why isn't a hybrid the way to go?

I'm open to all suggestions.
Two answers.
1) Existing hybrids are 100% gas powered. This started as a discussion of 100% electric powered cars.
2) A fully capable PHEV would be just as good as an EV, if the range is better than 10-20 miles on pure electric.
Hybrids try to get the most out of a gallon of gas. And they do help control increasing fuel cost. A Hybrid is good cost effective choice.
PHEV on the other hand should be hitting the roads in the next 2 to 3 years. It has the advantage of low opperating cost of a full electric. But for longer distance PHEV gets good gas milage like a hybrid. It only uses gas for trips over 20 or 30 miles. Has a smaller battery pack than a full electric. This helps reduce vehicle cost, and weight.
Electric Vehicle never needs gas. Energy prices of electic are stable and cheaper than gas. But the vehicle does have a limited driving range on a single charge. Driving range of electric vehicle is from about 40 to 240 miles. This is depended on the the type of vehicle and size of the battery. Easy charging at home.
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live just outside Sacramento CA and the utility actually allowed the public to vote to take our perfectly good atomic plant offline. Nowadays we get electric from coal and jet engines that burn natural gas we even have a few diesel generators for summer time. so for me an electric would be a bad joke.. better for the environment for me to drive a diesel Hum-Vee with a slight oil leak.

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There you go! And it's because of those same voters that we have probably two last candidates for president (one from each party) that very few would really like to see in Washington. At least the folks are getting out to vote. Next job is to educate them!
(When my local nuclear plant shuts down for it's three weeks annual maintanence, my electric bill rises 11%) Hit them in the pocketbook and that might help.



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