quote: Solar cells on a car itself are a dumb idea.
quote: The problem with the Volt is that its going to cost alot more than the LEAF. The LEAF may have less range, but doesn't use gas and costs 10 to 15 thousand dollars less.
quote: However, many fear that building public charging stations at such high voltage will put too much drain on the U.S. and Japanese grids.
quote: Many forget that CA, San Diego included, has been suffering and still suffers from the lack of power and often will have rolling black outs during hot summers. What's the plan when electric vehicles do pick up? Hmm, more blackouts I wold assume as I've heard of no concrete plans to support vehicles and homes. So no power and no water...hmm, sounds like back home!
quote: I think somebody at Nissan is not paying attention. Solar is only even close to cost competitive in a few key locations.
quote: That is a good point. If you have a short commute, don't drive much in general, and live somewhere sunny. That could work.
quote: While gasoline vapors burn quite nicely, hydrogen can be even more scary since it can detonate.
quote: The downside to hydrogen is that you can't easily store it like gasoline, since gasoline is a liquid at normal outside temperatures while hydrogen is a gas. It's not practical to store liquid hydrogen in a gas tank since it would need to be refrigerated at a very low temp.
quote: First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed
quote: The vehicle does boast reportedly quicker charge times on its 480 V charge stations.
quote: Nissan has to decide whether to go with grid connected stations or solar stations