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Electric Vehickles.

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Electric vehicles are facing insurmountable opposition and the scenario to relegate them into novelties is already happening.

    The only possible way for EVs to replace gasoline cars is for there to be a national network of battery changing stations. Charging and super charging stations will not work. They take too long. Batteries can be changed just as quickly and easier than filling gas. Tesla started with a quick changing battery design but for some reason that is cooling off. With universal batteries and a national network of battery changing stations an electric car would have no limits on range.

    The benefits of universal batteries and a network of changing stations would eliminate the prospect of having to replace a $10,000 battery. Each battery change charge could reflect the cost of a deteriorating battery. Nobody would have to ever buy a battery.

    There are infinite benefits from EVs but if universal batteries and a national network of changing stations are not mandated, the Electric car will be a useless novelty instead of a modern miracle.

  • Center Left
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    You have a peculiar way of deciding the way you think a problem should be addressed and looking no further. We will have to wait until the numbers increase. I have questions about your solution. Who pays for the real estate and the expensive batteries. I would think the employee would spend much time awaiting an arrival. Currently upscale shopping has charging stations. If upscale restaurants started the same, an hour or more worth of an assist could be easily done. Parking garages downtown or at shows, concerts, or sporting events could be a solution. Don't forget the first calculators were huge mechanical devices. In a short time they shrunk and inexpensive models cost nearly nothing. As the need grows the people working towards addressing the situation will grow as well. Further, Tesla is addressing the battery issue. They'll make strides in improving efficiency and range will be increased as well.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "Who pays for the real estate and the expensive batteries."

    No different than the entrepreneurs that drilled wells and built gas stations. Hillary's plan on capital gains and tax credits would be perfect. As a matter of fact looking at EVs being solved like the TVA or railway act would be perfect.

  • Center Left
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    Forget Hillary's plan, she lost. Don't think Trump will touch anything even closely associated with her. Gas stations in the early stages were different. Land costs were almost nothing. A plot of land (with frontage to a major road) in any city in the top 200 would be very expensive. Plus in 1935 there wasn't the question of divided fuel usage. It might be 20+ years before the big 3 have gone majority electric.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Existing service stations could be used to share facilities. Buy you are aware of that possibility. EVs although promising multi benefits will never develop without government intervention and a mandate. EVs pose a disastrous reality to gasoline, automotive and related industries. If left to evolve and develop as you imply they will never realize their potential. Almost the same players that committed the great streetcar scandal are in place with even greater stakes. GM already has produced an EV and then recalled and destroyed. GM has already produced, marketed and had to withdraw a 50 mpg car because of no market for it, GEO. The EV is dead unless it is mandated. There is opposition to everything. Why are collision avoidance features not required by law to be installed in all cars instead of being offered as options. Driver and passenger safety are just as important as pollution emissions. There is simply to much resistance to a government that responds to common people.

  • Center Left
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    Shared stations ? Seriously ? Tell Exxon they need to allow 30% of their space for items geared towards ending their profitability. That's humorous. I don't think you thought that aspect out. So since you're starting over, California is progressive and there's much money and interest in helping the ecology. Check the internet and see what a 1/2 acre is going for in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Manhattan, Miami, or Honolulu. Perhaps less desirable places will cost less. This is a do over because huge petroleum companies won't play nice. Their lobbying will try to stop you as well.