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      07-15-2017, 11:19 AM   #76
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Originally Posted by GuidoK View Post
That is indeed its strong point.
But it also is its most difficult accomplishment.

Making an electric car (what I mean is: the electric drive) isnt difficult at all, we could do that in the 60's. A normal tramcart has an electric motor thats about 14x16" and makes 700hp.
The difficult part is finding the energy source that is small enough, has enough stamina and is easily/fast replenishable. Thats what all the research is about. not the electric motor.
No one is arguing about battery capacity, but it has reached a practical level with Tesla, which is why those cars got on the road in the first place. Before that, it was science fiction.

Although there would need to be serious upgrades for "everyone" to use electric cars, some of the huge benefits are that there already IS infrastructure in place, as compared to hydrogen, or natural gas, etc. These are either tiny to non-existent in terms of infrastructure and distribution, when compared to straight gasoline or electricity. Here's the thing, we spend lots of money, waste lots of energy, trucking around gas, in ships, in trucks, storing it in tanks, building new gas stations, manning those gas stations, etc. We not only need gas for our cars, but for all those things that they require, the ships, the trucks, everything else.

Think about all the things the petroleum could then be used for, military flight training, navy patrols, etc. Right now, many of those things are pulled way back and fuel is one of the number one issues.
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