Originally Posted by Karl Roth
And don't skip right over cost
Plenty of SUVs and Hybrids are selling in that price range now. Go to your local Mercedes dealership and look at the price tags... they're still selling. Not as well as the Yaris, but they're still selling. $40K is quite reasonable to me, since I know I'll also be putting far less gas into the car during the year, polluting less, and will pay less in maintenance. Add the fact that it can use renewable energy as a power source with no
change to the car, and it beats gas hands down.
Even if they sold an optional model with no
battery whatsoever, just run it all off the 50mpg generator, it's better fuel efficiency than anything gas or hybrid on the road today.
Yes, batteries weigh more than gas. Chemistry tells us that's always going to be true, unless a new Einstein shows up and gives us some wondrous new alloy. But one battery today will last 5 to 10 years, can be recharged from various sources, and can often be recycled or reconditioned after it's use. Gas comes from one place, is burnt once, turns into pollution, and eventually will run out.
Gas cars can not continue to exist forever. We've had cars (and oil) for less than 100 years, and have already used a good chunk of the oil available on the planet. At best the "modern" gas car will survive another hundred to two hundred years before it runs out of fuel entirely. We need to find another solution... why not start trying some of them now?