Colonel lets continue with batteries...or ES as you call it.
Q - A proper ES system is of crucial importance.
A - No kidding! Ideally this ES system stores enough energy to have a 500klms range, and a durability of 200,000 klms.
Q - Those are ambitious parameters?
A - Today's ICE/FF vehicles have a range of 500 klms on a tank of gas, and have a engine durability of at least 200,000 klms and probably much more. The average consumer is used to these parameters. They might be ambitious for an EM/ES combination, but perfectly normal to a consumer.
Q - The early adopters might be willing to compromise.
A - They might be prepared to compromise when it comes to an electric vehicle. How many people drive around with an exotic? The early electric vehicles are comparable to exotics.
Q - How did you get to exotics?
A - Simple, exotics have technology that pushes the envelope, the batteries (ES) of electric vehicles will push the envelope. Are exotics the mainstay of the transportation on this planet? We know very well they are not, although they garner a lot of media attention. Price and money is not on the agenda at this point.
Q - You are saying that we need mainstream electric vehicles?
A - Precisely, that is the reason I see electric vehicles as a commuter vehicle that appeals to a large segment of the potential customer base, that makes economic sense, that offers benefits to this customer segment. The well being of our planet is also a factor.
Q - Why a commuter vehicle?
A - This is only my opinion, if I want to have fun with a car it will take some time before an electric vehicle will provide the fun factor of an ICE/FF combination. To commute its a different situation.
From a different perspective the 5 best selling cars in Canada in 2006 were: Honda Civic 70,028 - Toyota Corolla/Matrix 67,718 - Mazda 3 47,933 - Toyota Yaris 34,202 - Chevrolet Cobalt 31,729 this ads up to 251,610 at some point and time can these vehicles be converted from ICE/FF to EM/ES...or is it wishful thinking?
Q - Are you implying that they are commuter vehicles?
A - No, but they are not large vehicles, which should make it easier to "electrify". It also creates the landscape of how reliable the EM/ES combination has to be to appeal to these potential customers.
Q - The cost of the batteries always surfaces as being expensive, would it make better sense to have EM/ES in more expensive vehicles.
A - Yes from a cost perspective. No from a saving the planet perspective.