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I'll believe it when I see it. Thought too that lithium batteries were still catching fire, they fixed that yet?

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What is the towing capacity of a battery vehicle? Hard to pull a boat or RV, isn't it? FWIW, we took our son and his family to DQ for a cheap lunch- they wanted to go. Had to pay cash as the computer system was down. I told the manager that will be a problem with the computerized "self-drive" cars. Going down the interstate and the computer crashes. Then the car crashes! A driver might not have time to react to prevent a crash.
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Sometime it will come to be in the future, not in my life time I hope. They will run out of Cobalt, Lithium and nickel before too long and have to figure out something else, it will be like all other electronics ,they will be obsolete every couple of years.

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Sometime it will come to be in the future, not in my life time I hope. They will run out of Cobalt, Lithium and nickel before too long and have to figure out something else, it will be like all other electronics ,they will be obsolete every couple of years.

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I suspect the car makers are holding their breath for that day. Planned obsolence they can blame on someone else.
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What is the towing capacity of a battery vehicle? Hard to pull a boat or RV, isn't it? FWIW, we took our son and his family to DQ for a cheap lunch- they wanted to go. Had to pay cash as the computer system was down. I told the manager that will be a problem with the computerized "self-drive" cars. Going down the interstate and the computer crashes. Then the car crashes! A driver might not have time to react to prevent a crash.
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The batteries still have to be charged. Current electrical production can't handle massive increases in electric cars nor can power grids handle the extra loads. This is like building a Mars colony without having a way to get to Mars. Not entirely a useless endeavor but it would make more sense to solve the preliminary issues first.

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True story! Some friends recently had a house party. One of their guests brought his electric car, and drove it down their crazy steep paved driveway. Silly thing didn't have enough torque to get back UP the driveway!
Cost him a visit from a tow truck to winch him back up again. He turned in his battery on wheels and bought a 4x4 SUV.
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Heh...another true anecdote. Our widow neighbour came over for dinner a couple of months ago, and for reasons best known only to her, drove up our somewhat (less) steepish driveway.
After dinner,and already getting dark, said neighbour says goodby and heads out to her car, a hybrid with all the bells and whistles.
Wifey is watching her and suddenly realizes that this person is going to back down our 'S' curved driveway, with a steep dropoff on the East side. She yells out to me to get my butt out there and stop her before she rolls her new car.
Sure enough, instead of using the senses she was born with, she's trying to back down using only her rear view camera and monitor...and heading straight for the drop-off!
I ran down the driveway like a crazy person and stopped her in time; she literally couldn't figure out how to use her wing mirror and common sense.
(same person backed into another neighbour's car...using the aforementioned rear-view camera and monitor....twice.)


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Hope I'm still capable of driving in 2030. Amazing difference in the new batteries and the old style we used in USN weapons in the 60'S. Less likely to explode when charging too. Bad when a $5000 silver cell battery (62 technology & prices) would blow up and make one heck of a mess in the charging compartment.
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