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The Future of Cars is Electric

Not too from now, most will be electric. Why? Two because electric cars are far efficient than any other of car, and because they are the multi-fuel cars. Sound maybe crazy?

Read on.

The May issue of Popular Mechanics got it right in its typical easy-to-understand The article was about biofuel, but compared many technologies in the sidebar: gasoline, ethanol, biodiesel, compressed natural hydrogen fuel cells, of course, electric cars. compared the cost of a cross-country for each of the cars, all of similar The benchmark drive cost is in a Honda Civic.

The VW Diesel came close at $230. E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) in at $425; methanol cost the hydrogen fuel cell cost a whopping $804! Natural Gas looked pretty at $110.

And the electric car? And the article wasn’t even electric cars…

Cost per mile is a reasonable of energy consumption. (I set about a direct energy consumption in our white paper. but money is a lot easier to understand.)

The neat about electricity is that much any burnable fuel can be to electricity efficiently. Sure, are quite a few inefficient old power from the ‘50s still but modern, readily-available technology that even coal can be and burnt cleanly and very in a combined cycle plant. is nice to know, considering we are sitting on an enormous reserve of

If there ever was an OCEC of Coal Exporting Countries), be Saudi Arabia, so to speak.

Electric makes an advanced, natural gas generator called the Generator that measures in at 60% This plant could burn “biogas” produced biomass (corn or switchgrass, your pick). If we powered our cars this way, the acreage of fuel crop transport an electric car four as many miles than if we ethanol out of the stuff and burnt it in a engine car.

Should we decide to allow our fuel to compete for cropland food, this difference

But the true beauty becomes when you realize that we can electricity in so many different I’m putting solar panels on the of my house to power my car. people have pointed out nuclear power produces no gasses.

The shot of the Tesla in the movie, Who Killed the Electric Car . was at Altamont Pass. right in of a huge windmill farm. We need to decide now which is the technology. Indeed, the answer likely be a mix of these, combined some amount of fossil depending on where in the world we are power.

Note, by the way, we can put a million solar panels on our we can cover the coastlines with we can invent amazing tide-powered or clean nuclear power and we will not reduce our dependence on oil by one unless we can use that electricity to cars. Why? Because we use oil to make electricity, so all those electric generating technologies do not our oil consumption.

The fact is that the vast of our oil consumption is used for transportation. planes, and automobiles, folks.

So wrong with electric Why not switch over today? a few of you have nailed it in your to this blog already: time.


Even with a Roadster, you would need to for a couple of hours on a trip LA to SF. Even the longest-range EV is not suitable for road trips quite

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You all have proposed several quick-charging, battery pack and a gasoline (or whatever) powered generator. Though appealing, of these ideas has very technical problems that I not attempt to lay out here. But there is alternative suggested by some of simply increase the driving enough. We can’t do it today: 250 range was hard enough!

But the capacity of batteries – particularly ion type batteries – has increased by about 8% per year for the last of decades. All indications are that will continue into the doubling in capacity every ten (And there are hints of technologies that might things up for us.)

Think it. If your car can go – say – 500 miles on a charge, who about stopping for a charge? A 500 drive is about 10 hours’ driving – more than for even a serious road (I know: some of you will about crazy trips I used to take, making it Chicago to San Luis Obispo in 42 flat, but you’ve got to admit this kind of drive is way the pointy end of the bell curve!)

Do you remember when your wouldn’t last through the I do. In those days, we were aware of the charge time we had to recharge while driving in our or at work.

I remember plugging in to get a bit of for my phone in a VC’s conference while I was pitching a startup But today I bet most of you have no how long your phone to charge. Is it 3 hours? 4 hours? Who

You come home, plug it in, and about it. In the morning, you unplug it and go. We don’t need to charge up the day so charge time isn’t an

Electric cars will be the Once the driving range is to make it through the day, we only ever charge we sleep. The Tesla Roadster is that already for most of us, when we want to take a road trip.

With a 500 mile range, road trips are covered.

And means charging stations, gas stations, are soon to be as obsolete as lighter chargers for our phones. We need a charger in our garages, at and at campgrounds. And that’s it. Nice business for Hyatt Hotels and by the way…

Editor’s Suggestion: and see a Tesla Roadster at Pebble this weekend!

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