I think electric cars are good in theory, but are too expensive for the average consumer too afford. Still, go Hawaii for starting to use renewable energy!
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It's true that initial electric cars are expensive, but that can be said for any new technology. At least it's here and it's a start, just like back in the day when cd burners were $$$. It would be nice though, if some rich people help adopt this faster so the price goes down to the point where the rest of us poor folks can afford it. Yeah, like that will ever happen.
The big problem is how we get the electric for the cars. Same fossil fuels, you just get then at a different stage.
1. Write article with headline that can mean two opposite things.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Actually, that isn't the problem. That is the *perceived* problem, but that certainly is not the problem.
Electric cars provide, in concept, two things:
o A singular source of powering an automobile (similar to Gas being a singular source for providing power to an automobile (well, a majority of them in the US).
o Electricity can be *MADE* from any number of combination of a large number of sources: Fossil Fuels, Wind, Tidal Currents, Solar, Steam, Trash-to-Steam, etc.
What it provides is a severing of the dependence of the automobile on its _type of source_ of fuel.
It looks like that Wired article from August 2008 (http://www.wired.com/cars/futuretransport/magazine/16-09/ff_agassi?currentPage=all) might just have been on to something.
Personally, I would love to see this succeed, and I think Better Place has the right formula to see this through.
With the increasing gasoline prices I guess this is a practical move for the state of Hawaii on using non petrol powered cars. Although in needs a lot of conversion and needs a lot of money investing electric Lexus parts, it is way cheaper to drive a plug in car compared to buying gallons of petrol in your nearest gasoline station.
I think it's great to have environmental awareness, I am often skeptical of all tree-hugger projects and ideas. These environmentalists often rightfully identify a cheap parts for car , but fail to present those involved with a viable and usable alternative.
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