Source: Ford Focus Electric Homepage
quote: I thought it was well understood that electric vehicles are, at this point, a statement more than anything else.
quote: Why is the government subsidizing something that is profitable more than something that is not but will be so beneficial to its citizens?
quote: They are not subsidizing it nearly as much as the oil industry.
quote: IMO, electric cars are better because they could be charged practically anywhere (home/work/McD's/...)
quote: Just providing some raw calculations for your numeric pleasure =]
quote: I notice that allot of the people here who do comment pro or con on these things just assume that people live in a large metro area and have short commutes. That explains why so many people are so pro EV, they just assume that their situation is typical.
quote: What I am surprised at is that you don't point out what I think is obvious here, 16 years, 13 years to a breakeven point? Are you kidding me?
quote: Normally these people have not one iota of real world engineering knowledge and yet they would want to keep a car (16 years) supposedly long after the ultimate battery makes it's appearance? Right.
quote: The Ford Electric will likely get 3 miles per kWh
quote: I wonder how soon people stealing power right off the pole becomes a major problem for utilities companies. That's not even addressing grid capacity issues.
quote: Read the OP remark? I was using his values
quote: A large plasma TV that is on 8 hours a day will add more than 10 kWh a day to electric bill of a home.
quote: Doom and gloom!
quote: unless the Focus EV doesn't use brake pads or tires or coolant temp sensors...oh that's right it does
quote: Oil Change ever 5,000 Miles - 50 DollarsBrake Change every 30,000 Miles - 250 DollarsMajor Ice Maintainence every 50,000 Miles - 500 DollarsMajor Electric Service every 100,000 miles - 1,000 Dollars
quote: Tier 5 pricing for electric power in my area (in California) from PG&E is $0.365/kWh.
quote: Has anyone factored in the costs to replace the batteries. How quickly will the driving distance drop with old batteries in cold weather?
quote: Both of these are common on 150,000-200,000 mile ICEs.
quote: But then you can't recoup normal new car prices at that time either!
quote: 15-20% per year would put electric cars at like 1000 mile ranges by 2020, I do like the promise of upcoming tech but come on =D
quote: The advanced anodes that are just starting to be commercialized (e.g. silicon)
quote: If the price is the same, why on earth would anyone choose the electric Focus over the Volt?
quote: But as already mentioned... what's the point? This is not an inter-state cruiser, it is primarily a city and suburban errand vehicle, places where the regen braking and zero idling emissions pay off big time.
quote: It remains to be seen how many consumers are willing to admit this to themselves.
quote: Electric cars are actually safer than ICE's, the smaller electric motor allows engineers to be a lot more creative when designing safety specs into the frame.