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Started by machiavelli on 11-Jan-2018 08:29:04
Electric cars - early days
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upgoerfive - 11 Jan 2018 09:13:24 (#1 of 124)

Ah, Sir Clive - living proof that the line between Genius and Lunatic is indeed a fine one.

Ginmonkey - 11 Jan 2018 09:21:27 (#2 of 124)

Things have moved on so far from this haven't they? I walk past a Tesla showroom on the way to work. I know very little about cars and care even less. However I am always drawn to one they have in the window. It is beautiful, like the platonic ideal of a shiny red sports car.

HouseOfLametta - 11 Jan 2018 09:25:15 (#3 of 124)

That’s not the early days. This is the early days.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Jamais_Contente

NormanCheeseborough - 11 Jan 2018 09:29:01 (#4 of 124)

If the Tesla model 3 is the success it appears to deserve to be, it'll change everything.

Lento_ - 11 Jan 2018 09:33:58 (#5 of 124)

I hope so, but I suspect that what we really need in order for things to change is something a lot more boring - a massive increase in charging stations.

A lot of people won't buy entirely electric cars because they won't be confident that they can find somewhere to charge them up, especially if they're heading out in to the countryside. We may need charging stations to be as ubiquitous as petrol stations before that happens. That in turn will probably require government intervention.

NormanCheeseborough - 11 Jan 2018 09:35:35 (#6 of 124)

Demand creates its own supply. If there is a huge uptick in sales of plug-in electrics there will be a similar uptick in availability of charging points. There's money to be made after all.

browserbutton - 11 Jan 2018 09:36:07 (#7 of 124)

Where will all the electricity come from though?

HouseOfLametta - 11 Jan 2018 09:36:32 (#8 of 124)

China.

popperhead - 11 Jan 2018 09:44:25 (#9 of 124)

Thor.

Bonusy - 11 Jan 2018 09:45:09 (#10 of 124)

Wind and solar combined with large-scale battery storage capacity.

Wonder how much battery capacity you could get for £24bn.

rgtstoppedcounting - 11 Jan 2018 09:49:58 (#11 of 124)

I watched one of the C5 photo-op launches in Camden, outside a crowded lunchtime pub on a hill (no idea, long time ago).

It swept round the bend and up the gradient, slowing to an unintended stop directly opposite our bench, as the snappers snapped and the drinkers cheered.

Happy days.

Sabacious - 11 Jan 2018 09:51:09 (#12 of 124)

Converting lampposts into charging points, as they are doing in Germany, seems eminently sensible. They even have a handy little door to gain access.

NormanCheeseborough - 11 Jan 2018 09:51:15 (#13 of 124)

Where will all the electricity come from though?

France.

FrankieTeardrop - 11 Jan 2018 09:52:48 (#14 of 124)

"Converting lampposts into charging points, as they are doing in Germany, seems eminently sensible. They even have a handy little door to gain access."

Interesting - how does the person charging the car this way pay for the electricity?

machiavelli - 11 Jan 2018 09:53:59 (#15 of 124)

Converting lampposts into charging points, as they are doing in Germany, seems eminently sensible.

We're going to need them, in Westminster, as gallows first.

Electro2 - 11 Jan 2018 09:55:43 (#16 of 124)

Users will have to purchase a special charging cable (which costs around £50 more than the standard cable that comes with a plug-in hybrid or electric car) that controls all usage and billing information.

A £1,000 conversion can turn lamp posts into electric car chargers http://dailym.ai/2swjbar via @ThisIsMoney

Sabacious - 11 Jan 2018 09:56:22 (#17 of 124)

No idea, Frankie, but it must be the cheapest way of introducing a lot more charging points very quickly.

My next door neighbour runs an extension lead out of the house, as does someone round the corner, they put a couple of those little rubber ramps over the cable to stop people tripping over it and leave it there over night aoccassionally.

SheikYerbouti - 11 Jan 2018 10:02:53 (#18 of 124)

I've started seeing that a bit too. The question of where the electricity is going to come from is a good one, however.

FrankieTeardrop - 11 Jan 2018 10:04:06 (#19 of 124)

Also, what is the recharge time?

SheikYerbouti - 11 Jan 2018 10:08:10 (#20 of 124)

It is still measured in hours, I believe.

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