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While I have worked on old air cooled VW's over the (mostly for friends), this was the first car I completely disassembled and rebuilt.  It is amazing how well these 40 year old systems work in this car and how easily and inexpensively they can be repaired....
This can be a concern, but electricity is cheap to make and getting less expensive by the day thanks to the droping price of solar.  If the utilities try to raise the price too much they quickly reach a point where buying your own solar/batteries is more cost effective.  So, the laws of basic supply and demand more or less dictate that they cannot gouge you too much... One the other hand, there is no limit to how much you can be charged for fuels like, Gas, Natural Gas and...
 Obviously....   All cars must be parked somewhere when not in use.  Public charging will have to be part of the solution.  About 67% of the people in the US live in houses.  So you statement of MOST is simply wrong.   We need do need to concentrate on them first obviously. However when people see the advantage of about 3 cents per mile of fuel for the BEV ( average cost of electricity in the US is 12 cents per Kwh) they will want one and demand that apartments and condo...
It is a lot of fun.  If you are on the west cost and get interested in the Idea, I know the guys at www.EVWest.com.  They sell a kit for the VW platform and have a complete bolt on kit for the Bug.  It can literally be installed in a long weekend.  They are probably the best guys in the business. I admit that the restoration and conversion was a bit expensive and probably not a good investment, but this is a real Acapulco Edition of the VW Thing.  In it's current restored...
They are not currently GAAP profitable because of there reinvestment on R&D and expanding the supercharging network.   The plan for Tesl is to release a 200 mile EV for $35,000 in the year 2017 or 2018.  They are building a 5 billion dollar battery factory now to drive the battery cost down and to have enough supply to make over 500,000 cars a year by 2020.   We do not need near as many supercharges as gas stations simply because more people will charge 95+% of the time at...
You can see everything at:  www.EVThing.me I have restored cars and built hotrods most of my life.  I am also both an electrical and Mechannical engineer...
Lets look at the Reality vs you opinion.... Lets have a realist look at how it really works out.  Lets assume that a person makes 5 trips a year that is longer than the 250 mile ranger of the Model S. ICE:  Most people fill up about 4 times a month.  It realistically takes 10-15 minutes of your day to get to the station, fill up, pay and be on your way.  To be fair, lets use 10 minutes.  So that is 4 stops * 12 months * 10 minutes / 60Min/hr =  8hr of your life lost.  You...
As a Tesla Model S owner and the owner of another converted BEV (1974 VW Thing),  I can say with 100% certainty, you have NO IDEA what you are talking about...!!! The batteries that Tesla is using in the Model S have a life expectancy of approximately 2000 deep cycles.  That is assuming that you abuse the cells and charge them to 100% all of the time.  So, 2000 x 260 miles = 520,000 miles.  Give that there is exactly 5 moving parts in the entire electric drive train and...
 I own two EV's and know that most of your posts is simply wrong.  I have a Tesla Model S and a 1974 V thing that I converted to battery electric drive. Tesla produced 35,000 cars last year and are on target for 50,000 this year and 500,000 for 2020.... They average about 28% margin on the cars they produce right now. Batteries are easy to recycle so not worries there.  In fact Tesla is building a recycling stream into it's new 5 billion dollar battery factory it is...
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