Toyota made a vastly superior all-electric car back in 2000-2002 called the RAV4-EV. General Motors is about to release the Chevy Volt in 2011. GM claims that 40 miles of all electric only driving is the best they can do with the batteries they are using before the small gas generator starts up to power the electric motor. This is with new technology Lithium Ion batteries from LG. Why is GM going with these batteries when they could be using the Nickel Metal Hydride batteries Toyota used in the RAV4-EV? These batteries can take the RAV4-EV over 100 MILES on a single charge. This is even AFTER 100,000 MILES OF USE. Lithium Ion batteries can only hope to last that long before losing some of their capacity or needing to be replaced altogether. Would someone please let me know why GM is sabotaging the Chevy Volt in this way? Here is a video to get you started on how awesome the RAV4-EV is, how it’s charged by the owner’s solar panels on his house, and how Toyota can make a car vastly superior to the Chevy Volt today:
Archive for February, 2009
Any solar power is better than no solar power. It is a fact that the most electricity is used during the day when the sun is up. This means there will be less stress on the grid when the most power is needed. The idea is to slowly but surely make the grid as clean as possible. I think that more money needs to be spent on a smart electric grid that is resilient to attacks like the internet. If one node goes down, it simply reroutes the power through the remaining nodes. The more nodes the better! I would much rather see more renewable energy plants rather than fossil fuel ones. Not only do fossil plants make pollution and greenhouse gases but they are based on a finite fuel that will eventually run out. We need to go ahead and put in place the renewable energy technology now and not wait until we are about to run out and it cost ten times as much. That is the key. Any time we build something like a solar power plant, a wind farm, hydro plant, or even an electric car it takes fossil fuels. We need to go ahead and start making as much of the renewable technology as we can now while fossil fuels are relatively cheap. If we wait until we are about to run out of fossil fuels it will be much more expensive and may even cause some more wars. It just makes sense.