Sunday, June 8, 2008

Electric Car Challenges...

...while many (including Daily Sprawl) believe that electric vehicles pose reasonable options for future transit, they are not a silver bullet. This article discusses several of the challenges--with batteries being the primary problem:
The replacement cost of all those batteries is prohibitively high. The Tesla Roadster is powered by 6,831 lithium-ion batteries, the total replacement cost of which is around $25,000. And the world’s supply of lithium is limited to the Andes and Tibet (with minor reserves in Nevada and Australia); Meridian International Research speculates that we may simply not have enough raw materials to satisfy an electric vehicle boom.