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Are Infrastructure Changes A Myth?


2010 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

2010 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

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As all-electric vehicles become common, does a country’s infrastructure really need to be changed to accommodate them? As most people drive 50 miles or less per day my feeling is that the infrastructure changes being talked about and promoted are a red herring. This red herring effect slows down the progress toward the U.S. becoming energy independent.

Everyone who drives a gasoline vehicle has probably experienced running low on gas, (range anxiety in an all-electric vehicle) and wondering whether or not they could make it to a gas station. It will take planning to not exceed the listed range. If you drive over 50 miles from home than the vehicle may have to be charged at the destination for the return trip, which should not be a problem as all that is required is a household electrical outlet--charge time may be longer than with the charger provided with the vehicle.

My driving experience in an all-electric vehicle provided real world experience and has led me to conclude the infrastructure changes are not a hard and fast requirement until the vehicles themselves are as common as gas power vehicles. There were many days when my all-electric vehicle, with a 30-40 mile range, was quick charged three or more times during the day, which allowed me to drive over 125 miles in one day.

We need to stop the myths and other false information on electric vehicles and start manufacturing them. My opinion is that the infrastructure needs are not important and more myth than actual fact.

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  1. Just make it debit and credit card poppage like it is now. I don't see what the big deal is. Sure, it's a lot of intrastructure being built. But if it's so necessary for us to build all of these aircraft carriers and airplanes (way more than we'll ever put ta use, kind of slightly ridiculous) what is the big deal with building up a mighty all-electrical automobile re-charging system? About the time you're tired of chewing up Starbursts on that trip it will be time ta whip out the debit or credit card and charge yourself some electricity. I would buy BYD's super-duper charge-your-e6-up in a half hour electriciple they're offering as an option with the e6, myself. Way easier ta keep your e6 charged up fully completely. Let's move here, gentlemen. Really. If we find it so necessary to overbuild with war implements I know the technology can be drummed up ta provide electrical car charging infracstructure. Chop-Chop!
     
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  2. Larry - Good points. Well said. Thanks.
     
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