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Quote:Don’t laugh at people waiting to charge their electric vehicles; they’re the way of the future  

Much amusement was generated recently by a photograph showing a line of Tesla vehicles waiting in Hope — and presumably in hope — to fuel up at an electric vehicle charger in that fair town.
(As an aside, do people “fuel up” when they have an electric vehicle? Does “fuel” encompass anything that powers a vehicle, or just gasoline or diesel? No doubt the correct terminology will sort itself out as electric vehicles become more prevalent, and make no mistake, this is going to happen.)
The merriment was fueled — if you’ll pardon the pun — by the thought of all these people waiting for a lengthy period of time (one commenter indicated the wait was 2.5 hours) to do something that drivers of gas-powered vehicles can accomplish in less than five minutes before tootling merrily on their way. However, it’s not that long ago, in the grand scheme of things, that drivers of horse-drawn carts and wagons were laughing at early adapters of the motor car.


It will be even worse in winter; batteries lose about 25% of their capacity due to the cold weather. Electric cars also use the battery to heat the vehicle, further limiting mileage. During a snowstorm, two-hour traffic jams are not unusual within 50 miles of a large city; electric cars would break down, putting their passengers at risk of freezing to death.
(08-03-2021, 09:14 PM)Canuknucklehead Wrote: [ -> ]
Quote:Don’t laugh at people waiting to charge their electric vehicles; they’re the way of the future  

Much amusement was generated recently by a photograph showing a line of Tesla vehicles waiting in Hope — and presumably in hope — to fuel up at an electric vehicle charger in that fair town.
(As an aside, do people “fuel up” when they have an electric vehicle? Does “fuel” encompass anything that powers a vehicle, or just gasoline or diesel? No doubt the correct terminology will sort itself out as electric vehicles become more prevalent, and make no mistake, this is going to happen.)
The merriment was fueled — if you’ll pardon the pun — by the thought of all these people waiting for a lengthy period of time (one commenter indicated the wait was 2.5 hours) to do something that drivers of gas-powered vehicles can accomplish in less than five minutes before tootling merrily on their way. However, it’s not that long ago, in the grand scheme of things, that drivers of horse-drawn carts and wagons were laughing at early adapters of the motor car.


It will be even worse in winter; batteries lose about 25% of their capacity due to the cold weather. Electric cars also use the battery to heat the vehicle, further limiting mileage. During a snowstorm, two-hour traffic jams are not unusual within 50 miles of a large city; electric cars would break down, putting their passengers at risk of freezing to death.

I still say the car of the future will be the steam turbine. In the early 1900's, the steam cars were forbidden to race because they were about 100 mph faster than any internal combustion engine. Later, when gas turbines won the Indy 500 by miles, they were outlawed again.