Re: Questions About Electric Cars
There is a growing support industry that takes "packs" from things like Prius and tests each cell and replaces bad ones. Much cheaper than new, and you get back most of new performance. Also some (BMW maybe) companies are actually warranty/guarantee the battery capacity. Something like "will have 70% after 5 years" or something like that. I would say that there are still a lot of improvements coming, but in every way, electric cars are here mainstream and are usable. I think everyone should get one. More gas leftover for my cars!
As for me personally getting one,
1 - I would love to add a relatively cheap add-on electric drive to the El Camino, partially for kicks, and partially so I can part in a plug in spot legitimately and see what the Nissan Leaf guys do.
2 - I have seriously considered getting a Cadillac ELR (basically a 2 Door Volt that looks nicer, which is basically a Cruze with ranger extender hybrid)
I wish you had removable powerplants on things like the Volt which is considered a "range extender" where the car is effectively a plug in electric car, but has a usable gas engine so you could drive non-stop across the country. The downside is, when you are running local on electric, you are hauling around hundreds of pounds of engine, or long trips, tons of batteries and electric motors.
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