Reply to post: Re: Charge time & Range

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MachDiamond Silver badge

Re: Charge time & Range

The price for "fuel" is about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost in an EV vs. petrol. In addition, the tech in EV's means that when you put your destination into the satnav for longer trips, it will tell you where you need to stop to recharge. You can accept a closer charger anytime you like if you feel like stoping and there is no requirement that you have to charge to 100% every time. There won't be a need to put a charger at the bottom of every off-ramp.

The "battery swap" idea has been out there for ages. It doesn't work. No manufacturer wants to be constrained by a standard battery pack size and configuration. Car batteries are very big and heavy modules that would need expensive connectors for power disconnect and cooling lines. Those connections will wear out over time and you don't want to get lumbered with a used battery pack that has barely acceptable capacity when your original pack was nearly new. If you are on a trip and need to recharge the car, chances are you need to visit the restroom and get some food too. Relax, eat your meal slowly chewing eat bite thoroughly and walk around a little to stretch your muscles. In very short order, you have enough charge for another several hours of driving.

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