Monday, February 24, 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For

It's not a secret that the problem with electric cars is the battery. Solve that and anyone can make an electric car. But a battery breakthrough will bring new problems.

From MIT Technology Review:
Back in 2011, President Obama set the ambitious goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on US roads by 2015. Whether automakers will hit this target is the subject of much debate. But the possibility of the widespread adoption of electric vehicles raises an interesting problem.

It’s easy to imagine the number of electric cars increasing but it’s much harder to see the electricity generating capacity increasing the same rate at the same time. Generating capacity will eventually catch up with this extra demand. But in the meantime, how can all these cars be charged?
It's good they're working on this now because when some 15 year old savant develops a lightweight battery, constructed from common household materials, electric demand will explode.


Veeshir said...

That's been making me laugh California for a long time.

They're declaring the need for electric cars as they reduce their electrical generating capacity.

Why, it's as if lefties just don't understand cause and effect?!?!?!

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