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Electric cars again.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Charging stations are exactly what big oil and big auto want. Charging stations will prevent electric cars from ever becoming mass transportation. People will never give up gasoline cars for spending time in a charging station. The Tesla could drive in change batteries and drive out in 90 seconds. What happened that Tesla backed away from changing stations? Big oil and big auto?

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Yes technology is moving along ultra fast, not only in parts of the USA, but also Europe, Japan, China and India...some countries that we seem to think of as "developing". Once China purges itself from coal (and they have a plan to do exactly that) then coal energy will be history.

    Battery operated cars and charging stations will be common place on the roads before I die (and I'm 70). And I won't even have to drive...my robot will just answer to my command. I'll drink a cold beer as we motor down the road, and I won't even have to worry about a DUI.

    Oh to be young again.

    I'm quite excited about electric car technology. Hell, even the head of Shell Oil Company said that his next car will be electric.

    Electric cars already make up a decent chunk of automobiles on the roads in major metropolises and that is only going to expand with the roll out of the Tesla Model 3. Charging stations are becoming faster and faster and they are also free of charge. Imagine being able to take a 2,000 mile road trip with never having to spend $4.00/gallon on gas.

    My wife and I just talked the other day about how the car we purchased last year will likely be the last one we buy. That's because we foresee a day, in the very near future, where we hop in an autonomous vehicle that takes us out to explore Mt. Hood or the Pacific Ocean. Stuff like that sounded outlandish years ago, but it's coming sooner than we ever imagined.

    Autonomous trucks are already on our highways, but no one notices because someone is still sitting behind the wheel. I see that changing in the next decade and wouldn't be surprised if we become accustomed to seeing a trailer driving itself without having a cab in the front.

    The same goes with cars being developed by multiple companies. Facebook, Google, Lyft, Uber, and multiple other companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on autonomous technology.

    It excites me, but I appreciate how it scares others. That's why job retraining will be so important moving forward. There are millions of truck drivers in this country and they, whether they like it or not, are going to be out of a job in the not too distant future. Taxi drivers are already feeling that pinch.

  • Center Left
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    If this segment can be mostly green I can't see how it's not just a winning thing for all. I too think it will be regional until it's managed better. I hope it's something where most people will be on board because most can be well served. Transportation of persons, products and services with positive results is a win / win.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    As long as there is a glut in oil, and gas remains at $1.99 a gallon, and the big three automakers keep producing big suvs and as long as the mentality of American drivers is mine is bigger than yours and I can survive a crash better than yours, the internal combustion engine might be around for quite a while, at least until the next oil shortage. Electric will need to take a back seat.
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    They have been lying to all of us all our lives. The crap we learned in grammar school to the TV shows we have grown up with and watched a million times it's all been done to program us to the corporate way of thinking. We don't even realize it's happening. And these past thirty years since the fairness doc was scrapped nd the FEC allowed two corporations to own all media, it's gotten so bad they don't even try to deceive anymore they outright like and laugh in our face.

    Hell I worked in the schools for a while I a it there. We like to our children as a policy . You cannot believe anything you hear on TV. Or the radio or anything you read. You have to be able to separate the lies from the true stuff. Many people are unable to do so. That segment of our population is defenceless against the propaganda machine. I know people who consider themselves to be smart people , who watch Fox news everyday and believe it's true.

    So ya, they , the corporate media , the corporate everything is constantly working to shape reality . Perception is reality. Americans are living in a state of corporations. The United States of corporations.

    So about the topic, electric cars. Why can't they collect solar energy on their own rooftop ? They can and they will. Is there a better way than lythium batteries ? Yes there is. You could build a car using these technologies and then you would see what would happen. We drive around in machines that weigh four thousand pounds , killing anything that gets in our way. Making nasty poison gas into the air ,everywhere we go , all the time and every day there are more and more all over the world at what point do we run out of oil , air to breath and discover the climate consequences of this insanity ? At what point can we did we have to get these corporations under control. We need a trust buster like Teddy Roosevelt again. Is it going to take a great depression ? Do we have to riot and suffer or can we vote our way out of this ?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Charging stations are exactly what big oil and big auto want. Charging stations will prevent electric cars from ever becoming mass transportation. People will never give up gasoline cars for spending time in a charging station. The Tesla could drive in change batteries and drive out in 90 seconds. What happened that Tesla backed away from changing stations? Big oil and big auto?

    Slide out battery exchanges.

    "Speaking to a crowd of car owners and media in Hawthorne, a city just outside of Los Angeles, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be rolling out a system that removes electric car batteries and replaces them in just 90 seconds. "We designed the Model S from the beginning to be capable of swapping out the battery pack faster than you can fill a gas tank," said Musk."

    Notice! if you click on the link, you might not be able to read the article entirely without popups or interruption, and you may be asked to enter a email address!

    mic.com/articles/50229/tesla-battery-ex...

    I wouldn't mind owning an electric, currently, our car gets 15 mpg, that equates to about $22.00 every 4-5 days, I could save $88.00 at least a month on gas, for local driving.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dockadams Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Charging stations are exactly what big oil and big auto want. Charging stations will prevent electric cars from ever becoming mass transportation. People will never give up gasoline cars for spending time in a charging station. The Tesla could drive in change batteries and drive out in 90 seconds. What happened that Tesla backed away from changing stations? Big oil and big auto?

    Slide out battery exchanges.

    "Speaking to a crowd of car owners and media in Hawthorne, a city just outside of Los Angeles, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be rolling out a system that removes electric car batteries and replaces them in just 90 seconds. "We designed the Model S from the beginning to be capable of swapping out the battery pack faster than you can fill a gas tank," said Musk."

    Notice! if you click on the link, you might not be able to read the article entirely without popups or interruption, and you may be asked to enter a email address!

    mic.com/articles/50229/tesla-battery-ex...

    I wouldn't mind owning an electric, currently, our car gets 15 mpg, that equates to about $22.00 every 4-5 days, I could save $88.00 at least a month on gas, for local driving.

    Tesla already had a working 90 second battery changing station. Musk has shut it down with no further information. And no further quick changing information. Quick charging is not a full charge and in most cases limited to about 200 miles. A 2000 thousand mile trip would require about 10 charging stops adding about five hours to the trip.