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Great stuff from BenPhx, absolutely true.
As for rouse2, you are way off. In addition to what jetsack6 said, the U.S. installed over 25 GW of wind and 2 GW of solar to the grid in the past 2 years. That's enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 25 million EVs. We'll install vastly more renewable energy on the grid each year than the coming electric cars would ever need. This fact, combined with no wars for electricity, no money leaving our economy, no money going to the oil companies who spend it buying Congress (all the Republicans and just enough blue dog Dems) to keep any sane energy legislation from passing, will overwhelm the opposition.
Just look 100 years into the future. It's bleak, I know, but consider that petroleum will not be powering whatever passes for cars then. I think everyone would agree with that. So the question is, how fast do we transition? Considering the cost to our treasury, the cost to our health and our environment, the cost to our soldiers, it's imperative we make this move as fast as humanly possible.Sep 24, 2011
Hi All, some good comments, but I thought you might benefit from the experience a few hundred of us who were lucky enough to get some Toyota and Ford EVs years ago.
We saved about 1000 of the original Toyota RAV4 EVs and Ford Ranger pickup EVs from the crusher back around 2003 and 2004. Virtually all of these EVs are still running, most still on the original battery pack.
In my case, I'm about 8 years and 86,000 miles into my RAV. Since I installed a small PV system just prior to getting the car, I have been running my house and car on sunlight. My electric bill averages about $100 per year.
We surveyed the EV drivers in CA a few years ago, and 49% of them had solar. That compares to less than 1% of the general population.
You guys in AZ have even better sun than we do, so adding PV to your house is going to be very lucrative. We're seeing returns on the investment of 12-15%.
Most good solar companies offer leases like SolarCity. For zero money down, you can get a solar PV system and your lease payment will be less than what you currently pay your utility.
Add an EV to the mix and now you're saving all the money you used to give to the oil companies. Instead, you use some to pay for the PV, and pocket the rest.
Spreading that money around your local community strengthens your economy and makes jobs for you and your friends, not some evil freaking sheik who gives your money to those g-damned terrorists who are killing our soldiers.
If an EV is not right for you, you should still want them to succeed, because for every EV that replaces a gas burner, your air gets cleaner, your economy stronger, and your nation safer.Sep 15, 2010