Wow, very original styling.
Not like it looks like a Smart or anything.
I just think this whole electric thing is ridiculous.
Just watched MotorWeek where they talked about the Leaf and the Volt.
The Leaf? 100 miles or so on full charge. Full charge takes, get this, 20 hours from a 120 line. 8 plus hours from their 'charging station' that you have to buy for $2,200. Plus the car is $34K base (before the guvments tax credit).
Sorry, but 100 miles? That makes this soooo impractical. Perhaps a little 'city car', but after having grown up and lived in Downtown/Lincoln Park Chicago for 30 plus years, you dont really use your car on the weekends. Park it on Friday, drive again on Monday. Cabs and walking everywhere. The only time I drove on weekends was the random Target run or to visit family/friends in the burbs (and 100 range would be pushing it).
Not to mention:
- Cost - yes cheaper over time, but not a lot of people can afford a $35K car whether the maintenance is cheap or not. When you actually get a car you WANT to look at, sit in and drive - Fisker, Tesla S - they are well over $65K. I think the novelty of 'its electric' wears off and you realize you're driving a $35K car that makes the interior of a Toyota Yaris look like a Maybach.
- Cars - tiny little econobox crap cars. Some of us that have families and stuff to lug? Not an option. Every one of these electric cars looks like a clown car. Hard to take them seriously. Couldn't imagine being hit by a carpenter in an F350 in one.
- Disposal of batteries - where? how?
- Trips/Sales Reps/Road People/etc - electric cars won't work.
- Where to charge? So, you need a charging station. If you're a city dweller, you most likely don't have a garage. Can't use it for people who park outside. Ok, now they'll put charging stations at gas stations. 30 Min to charge. So, what do you do? Wait for 3 hours behind 5 cars to charge? Who has 30 min to sit and wait at a gas station while your car charges? Work? Sure, they put a few in the office parking lot. Now you have 20 people trying to charge sequentially?
I think like internet browsing via phones, laptop wifi and others, the technology, in it's first release, just simply is not there. I'll predict that electric cars will come in all shapes and sizes and cost points in the next 20 years. I'd imagine the roads will be full of them. I just don't think we are there yet.