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Hope for no blackouts

And be prepared to wait awhile for a battery charge


Up front let me say I’m all for helping to save the environment but the idea of taking up to 12 hours to charge an electric car takes my breath away.

You can gas up a vehicle for several hundred miles in just a few minutes.

If you are on a cross-country jaunt in an electric vehicle there is going to be a lot more time involved.

According to my source, charging an electric car can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

The typical electric car with a 60kWh battery takes just under eight hours to charge from empty to full with a 7kW charging point.

On average, it costs between $0.30- $0.60 kWh to charge an electric vehicle. Therefore, this means that a small car could cost about $11.50 to $23 to fully charge while a bigger or long-distance vehicle could cost between $22.50 to $45.

And here’s the kicker.

Some of the power to run the electricity to charge you electric car comes from fossil fuels.

Natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, wind energy, hydropower and solar energy are used to power the power stations.

But get ready, Freddie.

The plan is by 2035 the U.S. Government will cease purchasing gasoline or diesel vehicles.

Ford, G.M. and Mercedes agreed to work toward selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040.

But Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault did not join the pledge.

If you are driving an electric car you’d better hope there are no rolling blackouts, no power outages due to freezing precipitation or no squirrels in your electric equipment.

You could have a dead battery and not be able to charge it.

We’ve got plenty of fossil fuel but apparently we are opting against permitting it to power our vehicles in the future.


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