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July 15, 2008

What's wrong with electric cars?

Posted: 05:36 PM ET

Thomas Edison with his electric car in 1913.

They produce zero emissions.

Electricity is cheaper than gas, and can come from renewable resources such as wind and solar power.

EV engines are far more efficient than internal combustion engines, are more reliable, and require less maintenance.

So what gives? Why don’t we buy and drive electric cars?

Program Note: Watch Miles O'Brien's report on EV's on CNN TV, Thursday morning.

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Bruce   July 29th, 2008 1:12 pm ET

The big advantage of electricity is that it can be generated by numerous sources – sources that don't require money leaving the US.

The electric grid can(and will) be made more robust as demand increases. New power plants will be built – the NIMBYs and "greenies" will be shouted down by the majority.

IC engines are ineffiecient and generate pollution. Sure, power plants generate pollution, but works are in progress to ameliorate that.

No solution is going to be perfect, but I believe the electric car is still the way to go for the majority of personal driving that is done.
I don't see gasoline going away anytime soon, so people living in places without access to an outlet for charging may have to opt for an IC-powered vehicle. I suspect that apartment complexes will eventually find ways to provide charging outlets to their tenants.

For those that need the sex appeal of a muscle car, I don't doubt that hot-rodders will find ways to make electric cars babe-magnets! The Tesla is no slouch.

We're still going to need oil for heavier vehicles, heavy machinery, aircraft, manufacturing, and heating. But, if we can greatly reduce the amount of oil used, maybe we can supply most, if not all, of it for our own needs.

None of this is going to happen overnight. But we have to start moving away from oil, now.   August 6th, 2008 5:13 pm ET

We had electric cars already in the early 90's (called EV1) however the gas /oil companies bought and shut them down.

Electric / Hydrogen will be the future with the rising gas prices. I believe Chevy is advertising on TV already.

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sj.greenlady   November 14th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

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beejium   May 29th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

Hey what happens to the internal parts of these batteries when they can no longer hold/give a charge? Is there going to be a recycling plan? Are there minerals and and resources in the bat that have been taken from the planet? won't this cause the same problem causing a flip flop from electric to oil and back and forth, because of over demand?
I still believe that internal combustion is the way to go. maybe just not gas. steel rusts which is fairly harmless. did you know worms can digest motor oil? Oils and fuels can be made with alternative materials.
here is my temporary solution. make and use less plastic. plastic is made from oil and could free up more for fuel. focus on more than one product to fuel our vehicles. i think in the end that if we share our planets materials and not focus on one specific fuel source we would be doing a lot better as a planet and as people.

we will never be free of oil if all we do is sit here and type on our plastic keyboards. sit in our plastic chairs and stare at this plastic computer screen.

sorry if this is a little jumbled i wanted to get it down before i forgot

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