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Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car? drops by TRANSLOGIC studios to discuss the resurgence of the EV and his new film Revenge of the Electric Car. Then, to wrap up our DeLorean coverage we take a look at the man behind the famed DMC-12, John Z DeLorean.

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July 03 2010 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is an interesting concept out there to address the problem with electric cars that you identified. Essentially, rather than (or in addition to) gas stations, individuals with electric cars would simply be able to drop off their used batteries and install a fully charged set. You never really "own" the batteries. The batteries you drop off are then charged at the station for the next customer to pick up. This would obviously decrease wait time. Payment then become tricky. From what I've read, it's similar to a cell phone plan: unlimited, x number of miles per month, x number of batteries per month, etc. Certainly the infrastructure is in place, it's just a matter of identifying someone with enough interest and capital to implement the model.

July 03 2010 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to disagree with the statement that the infrastructure is in place for the personal, 100% electric passenger car like the Tesla, Leaf or Volt. First, the average advertised range of 300-350 miles does not take into account use of headlamps, heating or air conditioning. So a 1-day trip to visit relatives or vacation likely will now require an evening layover on the road. How many hotels can provide facilities for overnight battery charging? None that I am aware of. Right now, the electric vehicle is strictly a commuter car which must be charged weekly at your residence. If you have a condo or apartment, too accommodations at this time for cords running through the parking lot or parking garage. Run out of juice at the shopping mall? Tough luck, no provisions there either. How about the rest stops along the interstate? Okay, how do you plan to spend your time (4-6 hrs.) waiting for the battery to charge even if a charging station did exist? If you think the electric car is going to replace petroleum in the near future, consider these infrastructure requirements.

July 02 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Many years ago, in Chicago, there was a laundry by the name of "Q", it had all electric trucks.

Everyone thought they were really neat, not only because they were quiet, but because of no fumes, etc.

I sure would like to know what happened to the company and also, what happened to all of the trucks!!!

June 22 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While the EV is an interesting idea, the comment regarding the gasoline prices not to long ago is not on the mark.

Yes, gas prices sky rocketed but there was still no huge push for EVs, there was only lip service about fuel efficiency, and I still saw huge SUVs all over. No one was getting out them and moving into smaller fuel efficient anythings, little alone looking into EV.

Major product displays for various manufacturers were still making their SUV lines a center piece. There were not huge banners touting the efficiency, lack of environmental impact, etc. of EVs...

June 21 2010 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looking forward to more about the electric car revenge. EV-1 was simply before its time.

June 21 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm only getting audio, but on I'm on Ubuntu+Chrome, so it could be specific to my setup (although I've never had a problem seeing previous eps).

June 21 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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