How expensive are electric cars?

  canarieslover 09:14 11 Oct 2019

It seems that James Dyson has dropped his plans for an electric car as he can't do it in a financially viable way. 1">[click here VW and others subsidising each vehicle in the hope that they can make a profit in the future?


  Menzie 16:39 11 Oct 2019

Surely there's only one answer to that, isn't there?

  john bunyan 19:22 11 Oct 2019

I don’t understand why there can’t be a cluster of joined up removable batteries such that, like a propane gas cylinder you could stop at a garage , trade in an empty battery for a charged one and set off. There would have to be industry agreement of design and a way of using the power such that battery modules can work such that one is depleted first - that may be the stumbling block. However with a breakthrough in battery design away from lithium ion to smaller , longer lasting batteries, who knows? At the moment EV’s seem, even with subsidies, to be a few thousand £ more than the same petrol model . I wonder why more hybrids are not chargeable at home ? Also carbon capture at power plants is essential to avoid simply transferring pollution fro road to power station

  canarieslover 20:04 11 Oct 2019

john bunyan - There is already a motorcycle that has facility for changing batteries, though I don't believe they are available in the UK yet. Zero FX have an off bike charging facility, though you would have to carry the second battery with you to extend the range. Also I believe in China they have a motorbike where they are setting up refill stations for battery swap, and even cleverer the bike can be upgraded in performance with double batteries. Probably a lot easier to achieve this sort of 'refueling' with the open frame of a motorcycle than it is with a car. Also we are at the stage with EV's that we were at with early personal computers, lack of compatibility, so unless a set of standards for battery modules could be agreed on there is lIttle chance of battery swap with cars.

  john bunyan 20:24 11 Oct 2019

Funnily enough we are reverting to the origins of cars - EV’s preceded internal combustion. Maybe, if that had not evolved, we would be 100 or more years further on with EV’s !!

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  wee eddie 00:14 12 Oct 2019

My own reading of the situation is that in the next decade, or so, fleets of autonomous cars will be owned by the large Taxi Companies and will become the transport of choice of the Metropolitan and the Suburban Middle Classes, as social pressures, and costs, drive the current motorists off the roads

  Belatucadrus 01:43 12 Oct 2019

It seems that Toyota who were the trailblazers with Hybrid cars are looking beyond and launching a new fuel cell car next year.

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  amonra 10:52 13 Oct 2019

Ask any main dealer how does he dispose of those dud batteries he has at the rear of the showroom ? You will be met with an embarrassing silence. The problem with all makes of electric vehicles is the battery. The motors and running gear have been perfected, so everything depends on future battery technology. Someone somewhere will have to develop a cheap and easily manufactured power source. Don't say hydrogen ! it is one of the most dangerous explosive materials on earth. most people have seen the results of natural gas explosions in houses, they do not come anywhere near to the violent explosive results of a hydrogen/air combination. Can you imagine the results of a very slight leak overnight in your garage ???

  john bunyan 13:25 13 Oct 2019

New battery technology is brewing, using silicon and graphene that hopefully will halve the size, double the life and speed of charging.

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