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Old 08-17-2012, 02:05 PM
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Default Re: [EVDL] EVLN: GM Spark, the "we've got one too" electric "compliance car"

[quote] EVDL Administrator wrote:

> On 16 Aug 2012 at 8:58, brucedp wrote:
>> The California-based company is talking blithely about $20,000 battery
>> electric cars that can travel 300 (not 200) miles on a charge. If true,
>> thatTMs more than a game changer, itTMs almost game over for gas cars.
> Assuming this is something more than the ad club talking (and I'm
> skeptical), the limiting factor then becomes the rate at which the charger
> can deliver energy to the battery.
> Am I missing anything here?
> David Roden - Akron, Ohio, USA
> EVDL Administrator

Yes (sorry!) I think you are missing something - but you are in good company as lots of EV-decriers say the same thing about even much smaller packs. The simple fact is that people will plug in each night (or day whilst at work if they can't charge at home) and only be putting the daily average of 35 (or whatever it is)-worth of electricity into their cars - not anywhere near 300 miles worth. And as others have said, those that do need a full charge will be using purpose-built, dedicated chargers at specific locations. Besides, how many people are going to fork out even $10k for a market-mature, high-power DC charger - let alone the $50k they cost at the moment - for their home (unless it's called a 'PV array')?

Regards, Martin Winlow
Herts, UK

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