- Jun 27, 2018
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NY state just banned Natural gas heating for NY you know including upstate .... people wont be able to heat a new home reasonably.Guess what, for battery electric vehicles to have a future, new battery chemistries are needed. For new battery chemistries to be possible, there needs to be real world testing. The best way to provide real world testing is with hybrid power trains. This is because hybrids offer more charging and discharging cycles in a given time period.
Hybrid vehicles have smaller battery packs which are more easily serviceable and replaceable. This is another reason engineers want to use hybrids first for the next generation of batteries. ICE bans will burn a bridge to the future before we cross the chasm. Will consumers prefer a pure EV if a plug-in hybrid with a 200 kilometer range is available? Without any government interference, we will probably see 200 kilometer PHEVs on the market before a practical nationwide high speed charging network actually becomes a reality in America. How many municipalities will cheap out and offer level 2 charging stations, as many already have?
The rapid timeline to "zero emissions" being forced by politicians does not match up with the realities of science and engineering. The battery electric panacea is a fantasy. Don't get me wrong on this. Small electric urban vehicles make a great deal of sense. Battery electric commercial vehicles are highly anticipated because they offer a practical efficient solution for many businesses. I highly doubt battery electric 18 wheelers will become popular in a free market, not when CNG and LNG offer a practical near zero alternative to diesel at lower cost.