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Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

When you get tired of driving, get out of the driver's seat so someone else can drive. This is a few minute stop, not an hour or more. Refueling with gas (or diesel) takes minutes, not hours. Sure, you can stop for dinner, but I generally don't do that every 2 hours.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

Tesla's charger, sure. "We're only installing those at dealerships."

Lots of places around have a token few electric car charging stations. They are, for the most part, all free. But as soon as there's a demand for dozens of stations and they're being used constantly, trust me, they will no longer be free. (in many parts of the world, they aren't free already.)

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

How about asking your electric car friends how far they can go from home without any worries. And how far they actually drive every day. Range Anxiety is a real thing. Most people only drive a few dozen miles per day, yet few have electric vehicles. (or use public transit for that matter.) Why? Because electric cars are more expensive to purchase, require various additional items (eg. chargers), require planning ahead (have the car charged, know how far you need to go, and where there are chargers on your route), and finally the limited range and long recharge times scare people.

As for driving thousands of miles, plenty of people do just that. You fail to consider a car going such distances will normally have more than one person in it capable of driving. I've driven/ridden, in one shot, from Birmingham AL to Raleigh NC a few times, RDU-ATL several times, RDU-DC several times... The ability to drive more than 200-300 miles per day, at any given moment, is something electric cars cannot do. And even when they can go 1000 miles, it will still take hours to recharge them. (Granted, people will have far less apprehension with a 1000 mile range car.)

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

Bull. There are fluids to change, 'tho at much longer intervals and for very different reasons. (look under the hood some time.) There is a transmission, too, but it's vastly simpler than most cars. (you can direct drive the wheels, but there are patents that poo on that.)

You MOST CERTAINLY DO need to replace the brake pads. Regenerative braking does some work stopping the car, but it doesn't do ALL of it.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

CURRENTLY free. As a carrot to get people to various locations. When it becomes popular, it'll cease to be free, as it'll be a measurable cost to provide.

(And the little secret they don't tell people... repeated rapid charging reduces the life of the battery pack.)

Comment Re:BMW also... (Score 1) 494

Technology that's been buried by the industry for decades will resurface -- gas turbine, diesel-electric. It's not impossible to make a 50mpg car (gas or diesel.) The real work is meeting all the idiotic "safety" standards -- 55 air bags adds a significant mass and volume, light crash structures are complicated. Then there's the driver expectation of driving a f'ing rocket. A small, light, low power, highly efficient car IS possible. Hell, my 2ton Lexus ES can do 40mpg -- 50 isn't impossible. (the HS I had previously, once, managed over 60mpg (highway) on a 14gal tank, but that's not an enjoyable way to drive it.)

Comment Re:Single line of code? (Score 1) 618

because it's basically required to keep the car from freaking out about the front tires moving and the rear not moving.

Linked 4-wheel dyno. We had to do that to test the my Lexus HS; if the rear wheels aren't spinning, it will not accelerate. (G sensors are a dead giveaway, 'tho.) My 2001 VW bug doesn't care; it'll signal an ABS failure, but go anyway.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.