Don't worry there will be plenty of electric for charging points when the Gov has control of electric supplies to households through smart meters and can be prioritised to where they say.
And I REALLY want to drive one of these...
How Tesla Accelerates So Fast - P100D 0-60 Quickest in the World
668,the neighbour of the beast.
Public charging station 50Kw How much will you pay for that??????????
Tesla supercharger 150Kw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The car may well accelerate fast, but there's a good chance your wallet will empty faster!!!!
I have an OWL in my house, gives me instantaneous readings of exactly how much electricity I am using. WORST case, kettle and tumble drier simultaneously, circa 4Kw
Home charging station 11Kw, not that far away from 3 x my WORST case!!!
Yes it may happen, and perhaps will. The next thing you need to look for is a new source of LITHIUM, BTW!
A company in Newton Aycliffe has an HGV fleet that runs on LPG. Not small vans but big articulated trucks, so some industry plays are opting out of diesel already. This company however makes fuel tanks for the major truck manufactures.
I have seen other trucks claiming to run on other gasses on the road.
Well, going by the quick degeneration of the thread, there seems to be plenty of hot air as yet unharnessed
Batteries are likely on the way to the masses, but they have some biiiiiig issues to get around before then. Outright headline performance ain't going to be an issue, look at the TT zero bikes and how they have come on in the last few years compared to the petrol bikes (albeit single laps still). I think it's going to be the more general/mundane practicalities that are the problem.
Even with quick charging it's hard to envisage a charge taking less than half an hour. So assuming (yes im getting way ahead of things here) you were looking at something akin to ideally having all cars in the future running on batteries, and working on a, say 5 min, turnaround time at a petrol station as a comparison, you'd want significantly more charge points than petrol pumps to avoid several hour queues.
Obviously it'll be gradual, but it does get a little circular in that not many will go electric without the infrastructure to support it. But, the investment in the infrastructure will be slow without a demonstration that it will be used. I think that is the big question mark. And, people ain't generally great with change, so there's a real inertia there.
I do also wonder what the knock on effect will be to selling the cars. I think Tesla have been looking at, or possibly already operating, an 8 year guarantee. However, given the substantial expense of changing the batteries when they do go I'd have thought the demand and/or sale price would be an issue. I know engines go kaput all the time, but I suspect the quality control that makes batteries so good may also be a slight Achilles heel. Once the data comes in on when each type of battery set starts failing in the real world it may generate a perceived cut-off point for each type of vehicle, beyond which it becomes a financial issue......
Say the data demonstrates that a battery pack on a certain vehicle lasts between 6 and 8 years before needing to be swapped. New car owners will likely not be able to sell after maybe 5 years without potentially needing to drop enough off the price that a 2nd hand buyer would have a battery covered.
As I say, just some musings on the potential day to day issues as I think the performance will likely be far less of a problem.
Edit:- charging point costs is another issue, they appear to vary from circa £1.50 per hour to around £8 for a half hour fast charge depending on the installer, the local authority etc.
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