DocKlock wrote: ↑
February 24th 2022, 6:51am
I haven't seen the Ford F-150 commercial for a while. The one where the house power goes out and a F-150 comes to the rescue by "plugging" into the house and viola -- virtually every light in the house comes on and all is well.
After a while, your F150 is as dead as a doornail. You have to bring in a generator and charge it for a couple of days OR get a Jerdan carrier and haul it out of there.
What the commercial doesn't show is the thousands of dollars needed to buy and install electronics etc to isolate your house from the grid and provide emergency outlets to use.
Here's some simple questions from a simple person:
Not a good idea to park your battery car in the garage to charge it -- FIRE.
No room in driveway to park it - So it goes on the street. Running an extension cord out to your car seems kinda dumb. (what about alternate side parking?)
Need a power upgrade unless you want to wait many, many hours for a charge.
Most of the manufactures rate their 'mileage' at 100% battery capacity, yet most "recommend" charging only to 80%.
Where I live, it gets cold in the winter (DUH). Batteries lose a lot in the winter. Using battery for heat, defrost, wipers, radio etc PLUS powering the car = shorter life span/drive time.
Driving a long distance doesn't inspire confidence that a charging station will work or be available for you. Suppose someone is just started using it and you don't have enough juice to drive to the next station (which may or not be working/available.
Our electrical infrastructure simply isn't ready for the proposed mass of electric cars.
I could go on and on and on about the real practical value of electric cars.
I'm a 77 year old fart and will drive gas powered cars till I can't drive anymore.