B-Force wrote: Marx wrote: roshea wrote:
Marx wrote:Can’t wait for electric so we don’t have to service cars anymore.
They will still need to be serviced, but the annual cost is likely to be low while the battery is in good shape. Beyond that, a replacement battery is likely to cost $10,000 - $20,000.
$20,000 is a lot of money.
Perhaps a little too much maybe.
Just to hijack this thread a little more - the problem with electric is you are just passing off one fossil fuel to another. Plus then you've got the expensive battery replacement, trying to safely and environmentally dispose of the old battery etc etc. If it's a plug in electric car as well (ie Holden Volt) with the rising cost of electricity who knows how much it is going to cost to run.
I my view electric is not the way to go - more time and money should be invested in hydrogen as a fuel source.
The ‘Volt’ isn’t only a plug-in. It’s got a tiny petrol engine to generate charge if/when batteries get low, even though you can plug-in if you want to. (US owners of Volts have had to get their fuel in the tanks replaced at their 12month service as GM felt that petrol goes off if left in fuel tanks for more than 12mths).
Considering the charging demands of electric cars, their carbon footprint off the grid is way smaller than a full petrol engine car on a per km basis. So if all cars were instantly plug-in electric, the carbon emissions across all power sources (as a net amount) would drop marked ably.
As for the batteries, well batteries are currently used & disposed of now. Electric cars would have a percentage change in the current amount of generated refuse.
Just a bike & a place to ride.