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Commented On: Tesla's Elon Musk Has More New Business Ideas & A Lot To Say


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If you are a fan of early 20th century sci fi literature, Elon Musk reminds me of a fictional inventer by the name of "Tom Swift". I wonder if Elon is familiar with this literature. Check it out. Public domain now, available in "audiobook" form. As I'd like to continue my aircraft pilo training, I am hindered by the costs, primarily fuel related. Why hasn't there been more research in electric powered aircraft? As stated, no oxygen required....

Commented On: On Bad Electric-Car News: A Note To Our Valued Readers


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John: So, by 2020 the cost of Li-ion batteries will be half the cost of what they are today plus mass production of these components should drastically cut the cost to purchase an EV? As I have read, new battery technologies are developed daily as well as charging methods are also discovered daily. Who can predict what battery technologies will be discovered in the years to come? Continue to develop less expensive solar panels for residential homes-this too will reduce the cost of owning/operating an EV. I built my first EV in 1980 using lead acid technology. I fantasized about the day I could afford Li-ion. Who remembers Chevron locking up the patent in the mid-1980's for the Cobalsys battery?

Commented On: On Bad Electric-Car News: A Note To Our Valued Readers


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William: you just listed a very few of the many components that do not exisit or require maintenance in an EV...oil/oil pumps; antifreeze/water pumps; air filters; exhaust pipes; O2 sensors (part of cat converters) just to name a few more items EV's do not require to operate...Add computers to the comparison...the drop in price of a PC and how quickly it's power and storage doubles...will we not see this same EVolution with EV's? EVen if the cost to purchase an EV doesn't drop radically, this cost is overcome by the lack of maintenance expense and inexpensive fuel used to power an EV

Commented On: On Bad Electric-Car News: A Note To Our Valued Readers


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Slow evolution? The cost of fossil fuel at now more than $4/gallon has already done what a "gasoline tax" would do (price traditional IC vehicles out of the market). I do not understand why pure EV's are more expensive than their ICE counterparts, when the EV has very few mechanical parts compared to an ICE car. Yes, the first VCR, camcorder, cellphone & flatscreen TV cost thousands and now most are free (or close to it). I'm hoping that as each gene4ration of EV appears, the range increases and the cost of the vehicle decreases to the point where a traditional ICE is the more expensive of the two. It will happen. It has to.....

Commented On: Ford Focus Electric Vs Chevy Volt: Which Would You Buy, And Why?


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I must agree with the majority of the comments-I was excited about the Focus EV, but the price is way to steep. Mass produced EV's are new and any new technology is initially going to cost more. I paid $1100 for my first VCR; $1000.00 for my first cell phone and $3000.00 for my first computer...Patience and the price will eventually drop...Compared to an "ICE" powered vehicle, there are fewer parts required to create an EV (a battery, a controller & an electric motor), so ultimately it's got to cost less to manufacture and sell an EV. Suffice to say, the Focus EV is way over priced. I will now compare price & features of the Leaf & Mitsubishi i; although I'm a die hard EV purist, you get more car for the $ with the Volt............
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