I'm sure it will eventually become the future. Gas is limited, though we don't clearly know what the limit really is, but it is a finite supply. Where as electricity can be generated, thus being fairly infinite.
It will be different, sure, but it'll be an adjustment we'll all have to make at some point.
Just received details of the 500 all-electric MINI E.
150 Miles Range from 28kWh worth of Batteries.
At the price of electricity in my town - 3.5 cents per kWh that means I could travel 150 miles on 98 CENTS worth of electricity - AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
0-62 mph in 8.5 secs
95 mph maximum speed
150kW Motor (204 hp) with 220 Nm of Torque from a standstill
If only I lived in the Metro NY/NJ area or Southern California I would sign up in a nanosecond...
If you know how many MINIs you have you don't have enough ...
But you lose the rear seats due to all of the batteries.....
My gut feeling is that converting conventional cars is not the answer - a proper electric car will have to be engineered and built from scratch.
They should also be as light as possible, I suppose, and therefore use carbon fibre and alloy space-frame construction. We probably also need to see the emergence of the one-seater electric commuter "pod", but this would need special roads - it could not share the highway with trucks, buses and SUVs!
For everyday short commuting losing the back seats is not really a problem. How many cars do you see in the rush hour with only one person in, the vast majority.
The performance and range would be ideal for commuting especially if companies start installing recharging points in their car parks, that would allow greater ranges still. Looking at the charges the company could quite easily bill individuals for the recharging and deduct from their salary. It's definately the way forward, I would buy one now in the UK, it's ideal for my daily use, i.e. 13k miles in 3 years.
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