Source: The Wall Street Journal
quote: Speak for yourself. I happily own an EV - Nissan Leaf - and haven't been to a gas station for 2 years.
quote: Obviously EV isn't dominating the market at the present time, because of technological reasons and cost. But I'm sure it'll change in the next few decades.
quote: Because people no longer needs to go to a gas station (or Hydro Fuel station). Our lives will forever changed when EV becomes mainstream.
quote: Again, it is very easy to generate electricity from your own backyard (solar, wind, etc...).
quote: Electricity might be cheap now, but you can damn sure expect that to change if EV's make it big.
quote: If 25% of the population had electric cars and they all plugged them in to charge, it would shut down the electic grid.
quote: Assuming everyone who did so had a 220v/20A charging station it basically is the same as saying "If everyone buys a dryer and turns them on at night it would shut down the electric grid."
quote: The real issue is long-distance travel. Tesla solved that with superchargers, and within a few years they will implement 5-minute charging.
quote: In a two car home its a no brainer that in any urban setting one of them is electric.
quote: Diesel might make sense in a range extended electric car. That’s an electric car with a small engine/generator and gas tank that is only used to charge the battery. No transmission to connect the ICE to the wheels, which would simplify the design and reduce weight.
quote: Once the battery runs out, the Volt's mileage is poor compared to other hybrids
quote: -Diesel engines adapt terribly to current hybrid systems. They don't tolerate constant stop-start (and don't start smoothly) and they can't run a backed off cam (miller-cycle) so their efficiency isn't all that great.
quote: If they were all that environmentally conscious, they would've released fuel efficient cars in NA that they have elsewhere.
quote: In Europe, turbo diesels are about 50% of the market. I haven't looked for Toyota sales data, but I'm guessing they're similar in petrol/diesel sales balance to all the other manufacturers. I'm also guessing that in North America, diesels don't constitute 50% of Toyota sales - or even engine options offered, which I think was what DukeN's second point was referring to.