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Old 04-17-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
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Interesting piece on Electric cars



http://www.wimp.com/electriccars/

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Old 04-17-2009, 09:57 AM   #2
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Interesting but unrealistic.

The fact he said none of the power would come from coal, right away he's not being realistic. The fact is that a large, if not majority, of our power comes from coal right now, and our power grid is already almost maxed out for capacity. And he wants to add several hundred million electric cars to the grid without using any coal? Not gonna happen any time soon.

Wind farms and solar plants aren't gonna support that much power either. Just not realistic.

And he also left out one HUGE problem. These batteries are gonna be made out of either Lithium or nickel most likely. The fact is that mining for both these is extremely bad for the environment, and produces hazardous waste.

Then add to that, the fact that even at today's consumption rate, estimates for the known supply of lithium and nickel are expected to run out in 50 to 100 years. Cut that in half if all the cars start using lithium or nickel batteries.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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Exactly.

I hear all these fools talkig about electric cars.. How the **** is our grid going to handle that??

OUr grid cant even handle ****ing air conditioners. Could you imagine plugging in 500,000,000 cars.

The only way is Nuclear POwer. More of it. SO much more of it will kill our selves from storing it- unless that new method of recycling becomes a reality.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:27 AM   #4
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The only way is Nuclear POwer. More of it. SO much more of it will kill our selves from storing it- unless that new method of recycling becomes a reality.
True, but I wouldn't discount the possibility of more and more people going off the grid and generating their own power by that time. I'm already looking into this for my house.... If the government would let me brew ethanol in my backyard without fining me, I'd do that too
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:25 PM   #5
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It's all short term optics. Nobody is looking well beyond since something technological will come out. Science always has a way of figuring things out.
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Old 04-18-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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All we need to do is to figure out the battery, and that would be the death of the fossil fuel car.

As for generating the electricity, we now have plenty of clean energy solutions that are just waiting to be tapped into...it's just a matter of the governement getting off their asses and doing it.
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