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Ford's Electric min-van

junehhan
02-18-2010, 03:48 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586558,00.html

Here is a good article I just came by, as it looks like the all electric Ford Transit-Connect is going on sale later this year.

I have deep concerns over all electric vehicles simply because of the cost as well as the limitations. The vehicle is supposed to get a maximum of 80miles on a single charge and require 6-8 hours to recharge on a 220volt plug. Ford states that the expected life of the battery pack is 10 years, 120k miles.

However, once you start using the a/c or heater, I am willing to bet that the 80 mile expected driving range would get cut significantly. There is a reason why hybrids continue to use the ICE to generate heat in the winter, as using electricity to generate heat is not an efficient way to do it. This is why natural gas powered heaters are much more cost effective than homes that use electric furnaces.

The cost of this vehicle is also not going to be cheap, and I am against governments offering huge subsidies and tax credits for people to buy a vehicle as the market should be deciding whether a product is viable, not the government.

Rick-F
02-18-2010, 04:00 PM
Where I live an electric car is a coal-powered car. Certainly a lot less friendly to the environment than a natural gas powered car- and probably gasoline also.

junehhan
02-19-2010, 12:08 AM
Where I live an electric car is a coal-powered car. Certainly a lot less friendly to the environment than a natural gas powered car- and probably gasoline also.

Shhhhhh.........don't tell an environmental radical that.

I also don't think people are prepared to realize that electricity can cost a LOT of money.

My biggest problem is that the asshat politicians who are heavily pushing electric vehicles are doing so without us having ANY way to impose taxes on them, and even worse without an infrastructure that is capable of dealing with the additional load this is going to cause on the electrical grid. You guys on the west coast will especially have to be cautious because the grid out there is overstretched as it is. I believe it was PG&E out there that said that all it would take is a single EV per block to bring down the entire grid.

I also find it severely irritating that these guys with EV's are going to be able to initially drive without paying any road maintanence taxes. The highway trust is going broke faster than most people realized, and I don't give a care whether a vehicle is using petrol, diesel, or electricity as it is still causing wear on the road and adding to the congestion.