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Commented On: Brine: Key To Cheaper, Longer-Lasting Electric Car Batteries?


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Scientific American did an article about this back on 9-29-11

They say "You can produce 16,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate for every 50-megawatt geothermal power plant...Also, the company would not need to purchase soda ash to enable production of lithium carbonate, as is typically done today. Instead, Simbol will take advantage of waste carbon dioxide from the geothermal power plant itself to create the material."

It sounds like a win-win situation.

Commented On: Will Wireless Electric-Car Charging Be The Next Big Thing?


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John,
The literature claims a Transfer Efficiency of 90% for the Evatran. The Delphi literature I have is less specific.

Commented On: Electric Car Charging Stations Replaces Gas Station: Is This A First?


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"the only logical and useful need for charging stations is at the "truck" stops."

"What makes more sense to me is parking structures"

I partially agree with both of you. Truck stops would be one the best uses for the large and expensive fast chargers Level 2 chargers may be appropriate in parking garages near work centers and other areas where people are likely to spend 4+ hours.

Commented On: Electric Car Charging Stations Replaces Gas Station: Is This A First?


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I like the copper colored Leaf in the pic. Is that color available in 2013?

Commented On: VW’s Golf-Based Scirocco Compact Coupe: Returning To U.S. Soon?


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Great looking car! Would be a good choice for an EV.

Commented On: Gas Mileage Anxiety: Do YOU Get It?


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Excellent commentary on EVWorld titled - What's the TRUE Cost of Your ICE Age Automobile? Check it out.

Commented On: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury Sedan: Tesla's Worst Nightmare?


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Mark,

With BEV's the wait until they can approach what a gasline car can do may be longer than you think

There is nothing wrong with BEV's being commuter cars. Commuting to work is where the vast majority of miles are spent. A BEV can be the 1st of 2 cars that millions of families will use for the majority of their driving needs. The 2nd car can be a petrol and will most likely get very few miles put on it.


BTW - I totally agree that asking to plug in you car at your friend/families house will give a bad impression about you and your new BEV.

Commented On: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury Sedan: Tesla's Worst Nightmare?


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"Range anxiety will marginalize EV's as commuter cars and second vehicles until they can approach what a gasline car can do."


Mark,

!) With BEV's the wait may be longer than you think

2) There is nothing wrong with BEV's being commuter cars. Commuting to work is where the vast majority of miles are spent. A BEV can be the 1st of 2 cars that millions of families will use for the majority of their driving needs. The 2nd car can be a petrol and will most likely get very few miles put on it.

Commented On: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury Sedan: Tesla's Worst Nightmare?


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Roy,

What you don't seem to be getting is that minor annoyances = major bad PR. Making people as comfortable with your product (and price point) as possible = good PR and more success in the market.

Non-standard fast charging ports with special adapters will annoy customers. Using public fast chargers is necessary if customers intend to ever use the vehicle for longer trips.

Yes plugging in isn't that much of a hassle but, the "set it and forget it" hassle free wireless charger can make people much more comfortable with BEV's. No - Oops I forgot to charge last night. No - The wfe tore the charging cable off when she forgot to unplug. (I believe this will happen often with the Plug-In Prius, due to the passenger side charging port)

Commented On: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury Sedan: Tesla's Worst Nightmare?


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Another problem for Tesla may be the dash control. I love techno gadgets but, If it ain't broke don't fix it! Established norms for car controls are more intuitive. The Tesla S interior controls are costly and unproven in both ease of use and reliability. If the control pad has a glitch the car might be left without needed functions I dislke the shifter on the Nissan Leaf for the same reason, it also violates the KISS design philosophy. People have accidently left the Leaf in drive when they got out of their car.

I hope the Model S is wildly successful but Tesla shouldn't presume they will be triumphant.
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