Howard Cork Hayden, Emeritus Physics Professor, University of Connecticut: A generation ago, nobody considered Supercharging stations for battery-powered cars, the idea of which had been abandoned well over a century ago. The problems in 1900 were two: the batteries and the charging system. The problems in 2017 are two: the batteries and the charging system. Before the government provides more financial support to Tesla, it should examine the problems identified here with solar powered charging stations and grid powered charging stations at home. Introducing / forcing a new technology on consumers is far more than building an electric car and developing new batteries.
Michel Gay: La France est championne du monde de la propreté.. pour les voitures électriques selon une étude de l'agence anglaise Bloomberg. La pollution des voitures électriques est inférieure à celle des voitures à essence ou diesel mais elle dépend grandement de la production d'électricité du pays où la batterie est rechargée. Une production avec une faible émission de carbone, comme pour les énergies renouvelables et nucléaire, réduit considérablement la pollution atmosphérique.
The Wall Street Journal reports that China is going to switch to all electric vehicles in a few decades. This decision sounds good to those who insist that the world convert to electric vehicles, but there are tremendous challenges in the details. Where else in the market place have leaders made decisions like this for whole nations? One example is Roman Emperor Constantine. He switch the Roman Empire from the Roman pagan religion to Christianity overnight. You might be able to do that for ethereal things like religion, but can and should it be done for material things as important as the transportation sector?
Paul Driessen, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, CFACT: In a world where we are supposed to ban nuclear (and most hydroelectric) power, the very notion of eliminating the 80% of all global energy that comes from oil, natural gas and coal – replacing it with wind, solar and biofuel power – is fundamentally absurd. Now the focus is on climate change. Every EV sale will help prevent assumed and asserted man-made temperature, climate and weather disasters, we’re told – even if their total sales represented less than 1% of all U.S. car and light truck sales in 2016 (Tesla sold 47,184 of the 17,557,955 vehicles sold nationwide last year), and plug-in EVs account for barely 0.15% of 1.4 billion vehicles on the road worldwide.