Electric Vehicles as Fast As Possible

Electric vehicles aren’t nearly as new as one might think! So why is everyone so excited about them now?

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49 thoughts on “Electric Vehicles as Fast As Possible

  • Elon Musk sed that he using Old batteries to extract the Litium,so I don't understand why you saying it's not practical to make batteries

  • electric vehicles are not limited to electric cars. get your shit together. where i live, walk into a school's parking lot and 50% of vehicles are low powered motorcycles, 30% are electric bikes and 20% are either normal bikes or sth else. the electric bikes are charged up when you cycle around, and they can be of great help to extend you cycling distance. and they are also very cheap, about 300 bucks can get you up with a high end one.

  • I would really like to drive an electric car, but in my hometown the charging spots are pretty rare… i just remember 2 in the whole town.
    Could i charge it without any problems at home i would prefer it.

  • Electric vehicles futuristic? Then you say they've been around for 100 years. So yea, they're not futuristic. Also, 270km in 30 minutes? That takes way too long.

    And a petrol tank is unlikely to wear out aftet refilling it 100 times. Unlike a battery.

  • If toys cars count, then they indeed have been on the market for as long as I can remember. I still recall even playing Lego with electricity-fueled parts, building robots, cars and trains. Cool times

  • Yea but the making of ev vehicles is more hurtful and at this time much more expensive to repair and replace and in total mor dammage and carbon is emitted making just the batteries for them than running a 2005 truck for 10 years! And not to mention replacing batteries ever 4-6 years

  • The electric car has improved incredibly over the past 2 decades, and in most ways is already beating gas-power vehicles. Less maintenance, cars can be equipped to hot-swap batteries if they're degrading or for faster charging (Tesla cars are all equipped for this), no emissions (I don't get why people always cry about coal when hydro, nuclear, wind, and solar are all viable solutions, coal should and will just disappear), while Linus is right that li-ion battery recycling still needs to improve, li-ion is completely recyclable and does not need to be disposed of, Tesla has shown that the electric engine can be very powerful with their supercar acceleration, range is constantly increasing, charge times are constantly dropping… I don't see what the problem is. Get rid of gas and shift resources to improve this tech faster FFS…

  • Maybe when capacitors that can release they're charge slowly, electric cars can be a thing. Until capacitors can be used as batteries, because they charge fast, and have millions of charge cycles, electric cars aren't that practical…

  • glad you mentioned that batteries are not that environmentally friendly.
    evs are better than gas but gas is better than hybrids which use a heavily deregulated gas drivetrain, besides a full ev drivetrain.

  • I would say the greatest foe of EVs is the cost of purchasing a new car, no matter the cost. It's just not feasible for a huge number of people in first world countries. So forget it becoming workable in developing nations. Just spending a few thousand ($3500-$6500) can be multiples more than people working the bottom line, or even middle class workers with a great deal of financial responsibilities can afford after already investing in a vehicle that works just fine. Spending as much as $10,000 and $15,000 can be more than some people will ever be able to afford on a car.

    Then the other extreme; making the appeal to the wealthiest people in the world. Somehow doubting that, in spite of the Tesla P85D+ and it's incredible, European sport sedan crushing performance, you could convince people who drive Ferraris, Mclarens, Lamborghinis, and other ultra high performance cars that the lack of that engine note (for one example) is worth the benefit to the environment. I doubt that even Corvette, Viper, and Porsche owners would be willing to scrap their sports cars of equal cost for the Tesla's highest performer. That would actually be an easily measured metric right now…

    And of course, the people in the mean, medium, middle. It's got to be something that makes practical impact in spades for it to replace staples such as the minivan, SUV, truck, and large sedan. Reliability, both mechanically and in regards to whether or not you can be sure you'll have somewhere to get fuel from whether you remember to plot a course that includes EV charge stations or not. Because not everyone is cool with needing to map a road course every time they drive, because it's annoying at best, and dangerous at worst (like when there is an emergency). The vehicles must all be comparable in size, storage, towing, and torque while retaining the ability to drive long distances, or without needing to recharge every day (because not everyone can afford the EV charge stations to put in their garage). Convenience is always going to factor in, whether there are bigger things at stake or not. Because people generally don't give a ** about anything beyond their own problems.

    You said there are readily available counters to nearly all legitimate issues regarding EV, and so I'm interested in hearing what you have to say about the ones above.

    Anyways, I enjoyed the video. Thanks for posting.

  • EV just have to many negative features.. (Excluding Tesla, but that one is just to expensive)
    Cant tow a trailer
    Lack of 4-wheel drive
    Range is shit
    Carry capacity is shit
    Got nowhere to charge it

  • I would love an electric vehicle, but without over 500 miles of range on a single charge, and without any real help to the environment due to the manufacturing procedures of batteries, I'm just not going to spend the extra money for it. Even with those improvements, I'd have a tough time driving across the country in one.

  • Please do more research you are perpetuating ignorance electric cars don't admit 1/10 the missions of the Gas powered cars even if The energy used to charge it is coal . Just because there's mostly idiots out there doesn't mean you have to encourage it.

  • Electrical cars suffer from the same laws of physics as all other cars, so it takes the same amount of watts to move an electrical car 1 miles as it does an petrol car, given that they weigh the same and have the same aerodynamically drag. So we are not saving any energy by using electrical cars and coal and oil burning is not better for the environment than petrol burning.
    Actually one could make a case that for two similar cars the petrol car would use less watts to travel a given distance, since as it burns its fuel it gets lighter and therefor needs to produce less watts to keep moving. This amount to very little per car, but multiply that with millions of cars and it becomes significant.

    The only thing that can make EVs better than there petrol counterparts are by using solar and wind energy (or nuclear energy)  and thereby not generating any emissions.

  • fuck coal *nuclear fusion reactors and fuck li-ion batteries *graphene supercapacitors and fuck 30 min 270km charge, get a full charge within seconds that lasts for a few megameters, now tell me how cool EVs are!

  • The costs of manufacturing a car is such that making your current gas car last longer or looking for a used gas car when you are car shopping will almost always be more eco friendly than buying a new car of any sort.

    If all your driving consists of transporting yourself and occasionally either one passenger or two bags of groceries and you are currently driving a Hummer, than replacing it with a Zero electric motorcycle might make ecological sense.

    With regards to using solar panels on your house to charge your car…… Every little bit helps, but unless people stop traveling as often and as far most people will not be able to solar power an electric car with panels just on their roof, even if they do all their driving at night and have no other electric appliances. Also, using solar panels to charge house batteries during the day so that the house batteries can charge your car batteries over night is stupidly inefficient; using flow batteries (closed loop fuel cells) makes a lot more sense. Flow batteries also fix the range issues without the ridiculous weight of a Tesla S, and fix the refueling issue without requiring that the entire power grid be rebuilt (1 person using 30 minute charging is no big deal, 1% of people using 30 minute charging is grid melting).

    using flow batteries, cars would have two tanks, one of charged electrolyte and one of discharged electrolyte; when refueling the charged electrolyte would be pumped in while the discharged electrolyte is pumped out. The discharged electrolyte would be recharged at the fueling station and then pumped into another vehicle.

    Refueling stations could use slightly larger than needed storage tanks and have slightly more than needed electrolyte and could offer voltage regulation to the power grid; if voltage exceeds 122 V, the charging station charges electrolyte; if voltage goes below 118 V, the charging station discharges to the grid; this in turn would allow the power grid to build slightly larger base load power plants and reduce the number and size of peaking plants. I don't think that flow batteries offer the speed of response necessary to buffer wind or PV, however flywheels and capacitors (respectively) would work as effective short term buffers allowing the flow batteries time to react.

    All that being said, flow batteries will probably (and probably should) exist along side bio fuels since none of them can single handedly replace gasoline and even with flow batteries, natural gas, ethanol, bio diesel and hydrogen, we'll still have to drive less.

  • Theres actually something that scientists are working on that will really improve electric vehicles. And that is graphene batteries. Graphene is literally a one layer thick graphite sheet and graphene batteries work diffriently so they can be charged in SECONDS! Serioulsy, it takes just a few seconds to charge them. Plus they are totally natural so if you throw them in a bush, the bush will actually use it as food. And graphene can also be used to remove salt from water because it only lets water go trough it.

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