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Downturns in Pure Electric Vehicles


Green Lifestyle  (tags: eco-friendly, coolstuff, energy, green, greenliving, environment, Sustainabililty, technology, EV, electric vehicles )

Michael
- 696 days ago - ecogeek.org
There have been a couple of signs recently that consumers may not be quite ready yet for pure electric vehicles, or at least that manufacturers still have some work ahead of them to be able to provide an EV that has all the features that consumers want.



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Michael O. (172)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 12:26 pm
Toyota has drastically cut the number of eQ cars it plans to build to only about 100 vehicles, down from several thousand as were initially planned when the vehicle was first announced. (The eQ is an all-electric variant of their small iQ car.) But the company is far from abandoning vehicle electrification altogether. Toyota has also announced plans to have 21 different gas-electric hybrid models in its line by 2015. It is the all-electric vehicle that the company does not see as a viable market at present.

Meanwhile, a group of Nissan LEAF owners in Arizona got together to test their vehicles on their own to show the company that their vehicles batteries are prematurely losing capacity and are not able to reach the promised driving range. The LEAF owners felt that they were not getting sufficient responses to their complaints from the company and decided to take matters into their own hands. The hot Arizona environment was a particular concern from the outset, since the LEAF does not have a battery cooling system.

Electric vehicles certainly have niches in which they are an excellent option. But in many ways, they are not perceived as ideal for the wide range of driving that many people do. As automakers make improvements, these perceptions may well change, and more people will take up EVs. But there are a lot of ingrained consumer habits that will take more than a couple years to overcome.
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 3:28 am
The eeeeelectric car --what a 'great' example of Cosmeticism and Wonderful Things that Help You to Stay in Denial - While the World Burns -- clearly the future, oh-so-totally-eco-friendly, able to run, e.g. excellentely on nothing more than perfectly clean and --as by now the last moron should know-- completely-safe nuclear-arms-race-byproduct-electricity, or also on Hydrogen imported, say, from the sun, or produced --eeven more ecofriendly!-- out of water when simply mixed with the famous colorless blue fairydust
 

Roger M. (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 11:57 am
Sorry to hear about this. I hope the day will come.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 12:37 pm
If they'd researched Edison's nickel-iron cells like they did the lead acid cells. Low toxicity high power and lighter than lead acid is a good possibility when we can't handle the toxic elements from the prematurely dead e-car battery packs!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 1:26 pm
Noted , thanks !
 

Dave C. (214)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 2:31 pm
I know its not pure electric, but my wife loves her volt and has almost 11,000 miles and only 25 gallons....the security of extended range whe you need it is nice......I think if/when we have more plug-in infrastructure (i.e. plug-in charging stations at hotels, fast-food places, restaurants, rest areas, etc) things will go more electric, but until then......
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 4:20 pm
I believe that electric vehicles are not being made attractive because the oil companies and manufacterers are still figuring out how they can keep their profits coming in. the environments and the publics concern doesn't matter to them.

I went to purchase an electric car (Chevy) and all kinds of obstacles were put in my path. The car was over priced, I was told to come back when my current lease was satisfied, and I was even asked why I wouldn't to purchase an electric car.

This similar tactic was done when electric cars first came out on the west coast decades ago. View the documentary "who stole the electric car". The oil companies and manufacterers conspired and even killed to keep the electric cars off the market.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 6:33 pm
It's, "who killed the electric car?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsJAlrYjGz8
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 8:09 pm


Electric cars will take time for many to appreciate. I LOVE my Nissan Leaf and can't wait for tomorrow for it get's better every day. Yes, it's a new paradigm in driving, drive then work or rest or have some leisure, then drive again. Plan ahead and enjoy the thrill of an EV...SUPER, for about 90+ percent of our driving needs. It just takes time for many to see the advantages and make the change from our petroleum addictions. We can all take another look, for electric cares are far better than we know, just go drive one.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Monday October 1, 2012, 7:50 am
In addition, electric vehicles cuts down on alot of maintenance. It results in alot of mechanics with clean hands and spotless uniforms standing around with nothing to do. It's similar to our sick care system. If everyone is kept healthy by following a plant based diet, three quarters of the medical profession would be eliminated.Maintaining obsolescence to ensure profit is the ridiculousness of capitalism. We can no longer afford this repairs rather than injure the environment.make work to ensure profits because our survival of our environment demand that capitalism be replace with a system that
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday October 1, 2012, 12:06 pm
Thanks Michael.
 
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