[LINK] Electric vehicles and generation

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Sun Jul 23 14:27:14 AEST 2006

On Sun, 2006-07-23 at 14:03 +1000, rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
> So: can the car be light enough to use little enough electricity to be 
> practical, cheap, cover long distances, and be rechargeable from an 
> accessible source?

The questions have too many assumptions in them.

It does have to be practical - but just for some useful purpose, not
necessarily as a complete replacement for current cars.

It does have to be cheap - but overall, not necessarily just in direct
saleyard price terms. I can see governments subsidising this sort of
vehicle pretty soon, not just the purchase price, but things like
parking, tolls etc too.

It doesn't necessarily have to cover long distances at all. Most
people's needs are well covered by a range of only 20km a day or so. It
might make economic sense to have a small electrical or hybrid runabout
for the 80% of trips that are close to home, and keep a "real" car in
reserve for long distances.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)                   +61-2-64957160 (h)
http://www.biplane.com.au/~kauer/                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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