Yahoo EV Discussion with author Ron Adner

Discussion in 'EV (Electric Vehicle) Discussion' started by wjtracy, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. wjtracy

    wjtracy Senior Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Northern VA (NoVA)
    2006 Prius
    Please ignor the attention grabbing headline below!

    Pretty good discussion of what one person thinks is needed to make EV successful:
    (1) decouple car and battery purchase to boost value of used vehicles ; and
    (2) smart grid.

    I like the part in the beginning when they talk about how sensitive this issue is, as we know.

    Why the Electric Car Is Doomed to Fail | Daily Ticker - Yahoo! Finance
  2. daniel

    daniel Cat Lovers Against the Bomb

    Feb 25, 2004
    Spokane, WA
    2004 Prius
    "If half of NYC drove EVs the grid would collapse." Bull! First off, most New Yorkers don't drive. But more importantly, EV adoption will be gradual, and as demand for electricity increases, the grid capacity will be increased to match.

    "If everybody did X today..." is not a valid argument unless there's a realistic possibility that it will happen. Otherwise systems evolve in tandem to compensate for each other.

    Batteries are the hurdle now. That's true. That's why EVs won't work for everybody today. But there are many applications where they are ideal today. The rest has to come gradually.

    The article, IMO, is worthless.