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Comment Re: Woosh. (Score 2, Insightful) 106

An "EV grid" isn't actually a thing - it should refer to the electricity grid which is over a century old and practically ubiquitous.
90% of charging by EVs can be done on the existing network. Fast chargers make it more convenient but are not a new grid in itself.
Hydrogen, on the other hand, requires dedicated infrastructure to support 100% of fuelling requirements. Not just the stations, but the generation, storage and shipping.

Comment Re:Wasn't CHAdeMO first? (Score 2) 72

isn't unreasonable if you can plug it in and fuck off to do something else, it may even represent a time saving.

Exactly. This is one thing that people who don't have practical experience with EVs don't consider. My mobile phone takes hours to charge, but I don't sit there staring at it while it does it.

Comment Re:What about snow? (Score 1) 186

They have fleet learning, where every car will share the same knowledge about a given route as all other Tesla cars. So if others have driven that same route with lane markings, your car will know where they are. And if not, it will use visual cues (paths being taken by other cars, etc) to work it out, the same as a human.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

I'm sure most require a person to be at the wheel. But when traffic laws was first written, maybe some didn't consider it necessary to specify that a person be controlling the car, as it was assumed. Perhaps in all the different jurisdictions around the world, there is one where the wording of the law accidentally permits a self driving car to legally operate.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

I think you're mixing up Autopilot, which Tesla vehicles have been using for a couple of years, and today's announcement. Today's reveal is about 100% autonomous self driving cars.

Tesla won't require a human at the wheel for this. Local laws might, but I think for quite some time people will be just sitting in the driver seat doing absolutely nothing while they wait for the laws to catch up.

Worth noting that Autopilot was never advertised as 100% autonomous - this new system will be.

Comment Re: Bullshit (Score 1) 990

The same as a minivan doesn't work when it has run out of petrol or if it needs to get into a narrow parking space or alleyway. You see? You can play this game all day long.

What if you find yourself trapped at a small town without a petrol station? You will still be able to find a shop with an electrical outlet.

What if you drive out into the desert until you are out of fuel/charge? If you pack a solar panel in your EV, you'll make your way back to civilisation eventually. It might be at 10km/day, but you *will* make it.

Yes, some of these are contrived examples. But so is driving an EV until you run out of charge. People just don't do that on purpose, unless they are a media representative trying to make a point.

Comment Re:Almost there, but not quite. (Score 1) 990

> If I wound up in a family situation where we became a two car family, absolutely, an electric vehicle would make sense for one of them

This is spot on. We've replaced one of our cars with a second hand Leaf and despite a worst-case range of about 70km, it is handling 90% of our usage. We only fill up the other car with petrol once every 8 weeks.

Comment Re: Bullshit (Score 1) 990

A Mini doesn't suit 99% of peoples needs ALL of the time. Neither does a minivan. But that doesn't mean the are useless vehicles.

Even a short range EV such as the Nissan Leaf will suit 90% of people, 90% of the time without question. If you're a two car household. as many families are, it's a perfectly functional option.

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