If this is for the environment, You will be running your car on coal instead of gas. That doesn't sound too efficient.
Also, with the US Electric Grid already maxxed out in some areas. Where are we going to get the electricity to run these things.
Also, Batteries contain lithium or lead, Heavy metal pollutants.
I am on NYSEG, the most expensive electricity in the country at 15 cents/KWHr, gas would be cheaper.
Would any of you actually buy one?? I personally like the sound of a revving internal combustion engine, not the whine of an electric golf cart motor.
Everyone keeps making the coal vs gas argument but it's false. 1 coal plant producing electricity for 10000 cars pollutes far less, and makes it MUCH easier to control/regulate the pollution levels. It's also much easier to "swap" out that shitty coal plant for something else when the time comes.
Yes, the electric grid is maxed out in certain areas... but it can be upgraded, and for the sake of the future should be upgraded. The US really needs to stop their anti-nuclear stances as there's nothing that comes even close to being as efficient/effective as nuclear energy. When done properly (see France...) it is extremely safe and the by products are almost non existent. This whole solar/wind kick is great, but something needs to be put in place for base load requirements... wind/solar are far too unreliable for that.
Batteries being put into these cars are being designed to be operational for 10 years or so. A) How many people keep their cars that long? B) In 10 years it will cost MUCH less and you'll get way more battery for your buck. Additionally, almost all batteries can be recycled... so it's no different than throwing out that used motor oil, someone has to pick it up and look after it.
As for cost, when was the last time something new/cutting edge was cheaper than status quo? The estimated cost for charging up the Chevy Volt will be less than $2 pretty much anywhere in the US, and that $2 should get you ~40 miles. I don't know about you but that 40 miles would be much cheaper for me on electricity than gas (ignoring the costs of the vehicle.)
since all electronic systems suffers the same faite which unlike a mechinical system, you cannot perform prevententivtive maintance on the system in hoping prolonging the service life.
That right there is the KEY benefit to electric vehicles... almost nothing to replace, almost nothing to go wrong. When it does go wrong it should be relatively inexpensive to fix. No oil changes... an almost maintenance free car!
I love the idea of electric cars, but I think that it's being force fed to people... I don't think there's as much "demand" as people think. But we really need to start somewhere as being self reliant would be HUGE byproduct of moving to electric vehicles. Anyone/everyone can produce their own electricity in their back yard if they wanted... same can't be said for fossil fuels.
I would seriously consider buying something like the volt so long as the price isn't that far off from a comparable ICE vehicle.