Bring On The Electric Car – Just Paid $4.03 A Gallon For Gas.

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$4.03 per gallon of regular unleaded. Ouch.

Just last year, we were all concerned about gas going up to $3.00 per gallon. Now we would give anything to have that back! Everyone was worried about their summer travel plans, airfares going up, home heating costs going up…but now that gas is another $1.00 higher, is anything going to change? Is $4.00 per gallon the new norm and now $5.00 is the new scary price?

We need electric cars asap.

We do not need to exchange oil for corn-based fuels. We do not need to extract hydrogen from water. We need electric cars with a range of a maximum of 250 miles and a top speed of 65 mph…that’s it. Personally, I don’t even need a range of 250 miles or 65 mph where I live. If I could get an electric car that went 40 miles at 45 mph I could go mostly everywhere I could ever need to go. A simple plug in at night could recharge the car in just a few hours, and using grid power would be much cleaner (and cheaper) than using fossil fuels in our individual cars. So why don’t we have these yet?

Because there is a lot of money to be made in $4.00 per gallon gasoline, growing food for fuel, and extracting hydrogen from water, that’s why. And it’s just wrong that the automotive companies, politicians and the oil companies are in cahoots together to extend this fossil fuel run for as long as they can to maximize their profits, while you and I foot the bill and pad their wallets. And while I think it is great that there are some private enterprises building cars like the Tesla electric car, it needs to be done on a grand scale so we can get the price down from $200,000 per vehicle to around $20,000. Show me an electric car that goes freeway speed and can take me a decent amount of miles before needing a charge, and I will be first in line. Bill Gates, care to get involved with electric cars? Al Gore? Richard Branson? Bueller?

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  1. A maximum range of 250 miles means you can’t go to any destination further than around 100 miles away. If you live on an island 100 miles in diameter, you’re OK. Otherwise, your car isn’t a viable alternative to a gas powered vehicle. And grid electricity emissions are definitely NOT cleaner than tailpipe emisions. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  2. Wait till your batteries go bad in five years and you have to cough up $30,000 for that 250 mile range. You’ wish you only had to pay only
    14 cents per mile to operate your car. Why are you trying to con the public? Do you own stock in an electric car company, or battery company? Electric cars make no economic sense.

  3. I think the question to ask is if you angry people work for oil and gas companies- I am sorry you are so mad at electric cars! And yes, grid power is way cleaner than each of us driving around our own power plants. 85 percent of trips in the car are for 20 miles or less, and gas rentals would have to used for longer trips.

    And funny how those batteries in the electric rav4 are still going strong after all this time.

    Again sorry all you guys have is anger and put-downs instead of ideas or alternatives, that must be hard to do daily.

  4. You are right in that by exchanging oil for corn-based fuels we have effectively created another problem with quickly inflating food products. If people would get back to the basics, ride their bikes more and walk instead of driving a couple miles here and there to the store it would eventually add up. Demand would drop and price would begin to decrease to increase consumption. As it is we are in a consume, consume, consume cycle that doesn’t show much hope for slowing, even with rising prices.

  5. I own a Toyota RAV4 EV that I bought with cash from a Long Beach Toyota dealer in December of 2002. Think back at the state of the world then. Oh, and gas was $1.40.

    Today, I’ve got 59,000 miles and about 5.4 years on it. The little SUV still runs exactly the same as the day I got it. The acceleration is better than the identical gas version, and BTW, try running a gas car without any oil changes or tune ups and see how far you go. The only work done on the car has been tire rotation and windshield fluid. Seriously.

    Of the 1500 RAV EVs made to satisfy the ZEV mandate in California, Plug In America saved about 800 from the crusher. Virtually all of those vehicles are still running perfectly clean and quiet. Some of the privately owned RAVs are well over 100K miles and there is little to no battery degradation.

    It looks like the nickel metal hydride batteries (27 kWh and about 1000 lbs.) will last the typical life of the car in years and miles. These batteries are worth several hundred to a thousand dollars as scrap. It’s illegal the throw them away, and they are intrinsically valuable as scrap. All of them will be recycled. As a matter of fact, there will be hundreds of jobs, maybe thousands, created to do this work.

    Driving an EV is life changing. Over half of the EV owners in California get their electricity from solar systems on their houses. My wife and I got our 3 kW system just before we got the EV, and for years, we’ve charged our car and ran our house on sunlight. Our electric bill last years was $44.08. The solar system cost $15K out of pocket and will have paid for itself in 8 years. I’m 3 years away from that now. The systems installed in the 60’s are still working, so I figure 40-50 years of free energy for 8 years of payments.

    None of our money went to the oil companies, and by extension, the Saudis. None of our money paid for bombs or bullets that kill our soldiers. When you buy gas, that’s exactly what you are doing.

    Plug In America is a group of people who use this technology and have for years. We know that ALL good Americans will want to drive on cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity instead of dirty, expensive foreign oil. We are committed to getting this message out to as many people as possible, because you need to know.

    If you want to know why you are not driving an EV today, see “Who Killed the Electric Car?”.

    The single best thing you can do is boycott the auto industry until they offer a vehicle that runs on grid electricity. At least 16 car companies have announced EV programs, and Tesla is now delivering their radically fast Roadster and is two years from the awesome “WhiteStar”. Many more will be available within two years, so don’t buy a new car till it has a plug on it.

    In the meantime, contact your utility and sign up for their renewable energy program. If they don’t have one, become an energy activist and organize to force the utility to offer it.

    Questions/comments? Write me at paul@pluginamerica.org or go to http://www.pluginamerica.org.

  6. I do not have all the facts and/or statistics on whether or not electricity from the grid to run cars is any ‘cleaner’ then burning gasoline. I ‘DO’ know there is approximately 10% power lose during transportation over power lines to get the electricity from the power plant to the individual houses. It would be MUCH more efficient and cleaner if each household in America had solar panels on their roofs and wind turbines to collect and generate power locally. This would truly effect be a viable solution to keeping electric cars green. Power on individual homes creates a distributed power infrastructure which minimizes power loss due to power transportation and releases ourselves from the power companies.

    We as a culture need to revise the way we live and work. 60+ mile commutes are not an option. We need to live near where we work, study, and socialize. We need grow food locally and use locally crafted products to reduce the pollution created by transporting food across the US and the world. This is a very inefficient method. Living locally reduces pollution. and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels (coal, oil, wood, etc) and single use plastics as much as possible is the key to greener living.

    For long distance travel we need to rethink and reinvent our public mass transportation systems.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink….. Sustainable living is an option.

    Thanks,

    Dave B.

  7. I think that top speed is important. Too many cars are designed to go 80-90-120 MPH when really 65-75 is sufficient ( depending on local speed limits ). At least for gas cars, gearing can be adjusted to focus on that top speed, and provide better gas mileage. I have no idea how electric cars work from a gearing standpoint, so no comment there.

    As soon as they can give me a regular size, decent performing, affordable, safe electric car with 150+ mile range… I’m in. Giving less money to Ahab the Arab alone makes it a winner, let alone all the other benefits.

  8. Well the good news is an electric car is here, now! I know because I sell them. Write, no need to wait!
    Cheers,
    Norm

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