And do they help the environment?
I'll take your second question first.
What about those batteries?
That's why we bought the extended warranty, the technology is so complicated.To me they're not worth it just because I would think maintenance would require special skills especially if there would be a fender bender or worse. How about if the electronics components get damaged ?
No thanks, I'll stick to the old-fashioned internal combustion engine...…
To me the issue is still safety. Even the charger has to operate correctly. Lithium batteries can be charged only to a certain voltage then the charging current must be stopped or the battery will overheat and be damaged. There's also a limit on how high a current that may be used. Anything over that limit would ruin the battery. They also can't be discharged below a certain voltage or they may be damaged by that also. Charging them isn't 100% efficient as some heat is lost.I thought the charge cycle would drop the efficiency of the cars. However what I found is that the lithium batteries basically use all the current they get in a charge to fill the battery with juice. So from that perspective the environment comes out ahead since electricity generation is more efficient than an internal combustion engine. But there is work to be done on batteries.
Great replies here and especially the fact that the cars have to be charged by electricity at a charging station. Here they have Tesla stations at a local mini market. We asked someone there getting their Tesla (named after the inventor Nikola Tesla) how long it takes. Nearly an hour.
There are a lot of Prius's in Fairbanks... I don't know about pure electric vehicles... whether people have them up here or not... but the hybrids don't seem to have any problems.Also I read that electric cars do not do well in climates when temps dip 0 degrees or lower. Don't see alot of electric cars in Alaska? I didn't think so.
My friend had a chevy volt. First, she had to charge it every night. Then fully charged, she would fill up tank with gas. Driving outside 100 miles, there are no charging stations. Had to do gas only. Power outages (rare, but happens) meant no car to drive. Charging the car for XX number of hours before driving was an inconvience, since she had to wait or go and get gas. She suggested that I get an chevy volt, I said I could not own one. Because at the time, where I lived in an old historic neighborhood. Parking only on street, because there were no garages or driveways. No place to charge car. I did like the way it ran and the style of it. Also if 0 degrees or more below zero, can not "jump" the car. She eventually sold it and got a regular car. She tired of keeping track of chargeing it/gas in tank. Also I think she never really could go beyond 80 mph. I know a regular car can. Much simpler now. Just my observation.