Electric vehicles have been a curiosity for me since early on. As we see electric cruiser style bikes
being developed it becomes more of a reality but they all have the same drawback as the electric cars; range
. Toshiba appears to have found a way to fix that with a battery that can recharge in 5 minutes
. Imagine a 220 mile range with a stop every 180-200 miles to stretch your legs and let the car/bike recharge in about the same amount of time it takes to fill up and squeegee the windshield now. Even highway rest stops could have these charging stations or maybe emergency charging stations.
Folks; it's starting to look like E-Vehicles, bikes and cars, will go mainstream before the next USA Presidential election. This will change everything. A while back I was saying we are due for a technology jump forward. This could be it if it's found to be safe and reliable. Plus they are good for 10 years. The US energy needs will make a significant shift from gasoline to electricity. By 2030 gas cars will be outnumbered on the roads. Fossil fuel powered vehicles will likely be limited to pick up trucks and some tractor trailer rigs.
It's entirely plausible gasoline vehicles will be phased out for civilians by 2040 or 2050 at the latest. It sounds like a long time from now but then I remember when the year 2000 sounded like a long time in the future too and now it's almost 18 years ago.
Your thoughts? How soon will motorcycle manufacturers switch to electric? Will motorcycles be the last gas powered vehicles on the road for civilians?
Toshiba's new fast-charging battery could triple the range of electric vehicles
Remember; e-vehicles require hardly any maintenance with tires and brake pads being the most replaced item at just every 50k miles (or more) on cars these days. Bikes; more often.Long term ownership costs will be very low. No worrying about gas going bad in the tank or carb. No cables to lube or adjust; just a throttle rheostat. Just a belt possibly and bearings. I wonder if they will put some kind of sound making device on e-vehicles going slower than 40 mph so pedestrians can hear them coming...
State and Federal governments will be crying for more tax money they lose from gas and diesel to fix the roads. This might offset the savings from e-vehicles vs fossil fuel vehicles.How will this affect our electric needs at home? Will these battery banks be in most homes charging up during low need times then used during the day to heat and cool; the biggest energy users? Will advanced tech solar arrays recharge these batteries making every home nearly energy independent at some point?This would take the pressure off electric companies to produce the added needs.
Yep; could very well change everything. The bottleneck would likely be cost and availability of raw materials to make these batteries.
Maybe Victory orphans will soon have lots of company...