[Oeva-list] Re: EV Awareness Day
Theoldcars at aol.com
Theoldcars at aol.com
Sun Aug 14 01:43:58 PDT 2005
A lot of good points and thoughts about the EV awareness day.
I just got back from California on a family vacation. I missed this months
meeting but not all the emails on the above subject. I used more gas on
vacation last week than I have used in over a year. I drove a loaded SUV with a
trailer at 15 miles per gallon. Gas prices in California was 2.89 a gallon and
that is pumping it yourself.
Last week while on vacation I dropped the trailer at SMUD (Sacramento
Municipal Utility District) and picked up on the way back filled with S-10 EV
chargers. I also got to meet and spent a few hours with Dwight MacCurdy from their
Energy Efficiency & Customer Research & Development. Dwight is a really a
nice person and SMUD has been a leader in promoting electric vehicles. The car
manufacturers pulling the plug on electric vehicles was a real set back for
them. They are in the process now of obtaining the new Cal Cars plug in Prius
with Valance batteries.
This would not be possible without having a hybrid. It is not affordable to
get a plug in Prius from Cal Cars because of the cost of the batteries.
However if this is done by a car manufacture the price of the new battery
technology would drop. This would go a long way in providing what all of us want
better batteries for reasonable prices. Better batteries that could power a BEV
for 100 to 300 miles or a PHEV that would get 125 miles to the gallon of gas.
At three dollars a gallon I think a lot of people would see an advantage of
being able to plug at home and would like it if they could plug in other
places. Then we would all have a common goal of the need to be able to plug in
vehicles. The Northwest needs places you can plug in and plug in hybrids would
help make that happen. So helping the car manufactures sell hybrids is a step
in the right direction. Gary's point about the Prius is correct. I have
talked to Marc Kohler at Valence the only thing keeping their battery prices up
is the fact they do not have a market to mass produce them for.
If Toyota started making a plug in Prius with Valence batteries it would
outsell the current Prius. Other car manufactures could not ignore this and the
plug in hybrid race would be on. They would want to be able to advertise
their hybrid travels the longest using less fuel. This would appeal to a lot of
people because it would allow them to have one car with electric as the main
power source without limitations.
Hybrids are helping people to warm up to the idea that an electric can
replace an all gas vehicle. For most people it is very hard to accept or
understand that most all their everyday driving can be done with a BEV. I agree the EV
Awareness Day focus should be on plug in electric vehicles but not everyone
has the time, money or space to build an electric vehicle. To have a few
hybrids would help keep them thinking electric is the way to go even if they
don't really understand the difference of a BEV and Hybrid which is most people.
I was dropping someone off at the Chevrolet service department. In a
conversation with the service person he did not understand my truck was a BEV. At
first he said we get them in all the time of course he was talking about the
hybrid pickup. It was only when I opened the hood did they get it. Then they
started asking all the normal questions.
An EV Awareness Day can add more people to the EV movement that just will
not accept a BEV. Letting them know the battery technology is here now for
Hybrids and they need to contact Toyota to request a the Prius be a PHEV. A
Toyota Prius PHEV would have the other manufactures scrambling to have theirs as
Looking across Portland today I could not believe all the pollution. Being a
weekend makes me believe it has to be from all the vehicles driving around.
Burning so much dirty fuel for just local personal transportation is such a
1997 & 1998 Chevrolet S-10 E Factory EV
1998 Factory Ford Ranger EV
1997 Solectria Force EV
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