Before you install electric charging stations, read this article. Basically it says that the head of R and D for Honda doesn’t think the technology is there and that even after spending hundreds of billions, no more than two percent of the market will be electric cars by 2020.
The problem? Batteries – the technology is “just around the corner” or “Just over the horizon.” But it’s not here. Lithium Ion batteries begin to degrade upon manufacture and simply don’t have the 6-10 year life promised. As the author of this article put it:
I just can’t get gushy about the fact that a Nissan Leaf with a driver and perhaps one really skinny passenger has a 100-mile range on a fully charged battery on a perfectly flat road on a perfect day that’s not too hot or too cold.
Batteries it seems lose their charge at temperature extremes, which leaves out the south, southwest, and of course the snow belt in the winter. Even though technically a car may be able to go 0-10 in 5 seconds, that kind of start will turn a 100 mile range into a 50 mile range quickly.
Frankly it just doesn’t seem to me that I would want to pay a premium to have a tiny car with a short range that requires mucho charging every day. And no one, at least not yet, has been able to come up with a exact cost to charge. You not only have to figure the cost of the electricity, but the cost of replacing the battery – That could run as low as $4000 to as much as $12000. No one knows for sure. Best case, about the equivalent of $2.00 per gallon of gas, worst case $4.00 per gallon -0- split the difference, about the same as we pay now. But that doesn’t figure in the additional cost of the car. If you are doing this to save money, forget it.
And remember my favorite law, the law of unintended consequences. We aren’t slowly moving into the technology like we did with gas powered vehicles. We are dropping right in the middle. In most such situations, something that no one “thought of” always happens and then what?
Mr. Kawanabe at Honda isn’t convinced. Neither am I.
Remember now you can go out and jump into your car and go somewhere, any time, any place. If you run out of gas you can call the auto club and get back under way. With the electric car you must plan ahead, plan your charging times, and if you run out of your charge, well…..You may be sitting in front of someone’s house with an extension cord for a very long time.