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May 20, 2011


There are not many details out about it yet, but it sounds like the Ford PHEV C-Max could be the 2nd gen car you are looking for.


Patrick, thanks for pointing out the C-Max. I read some about it. I got the impression that the hybrid version only will be sold in Europe at first, but I could be wrong about that. At any rate, it looks like an appealing car.

You will not buy an electric car until such time as an adequate charging infrastructure is installed. You, and thousands of other people.

On the other hand - the entities capable of designing, building, and maintaining such charging facilities will not build them until such time as they are guaranteed a decent return on investment.

"Range anxiety" is, essentially, an insoluble problem. There is no hope whatsoever that storage batteries capable of allowing an electric vehicle to travel the same distance as a gas-powered vehicle can be developed at an affordable price.

Maybe - after at least 3/4ths of the human population has been terminated and there is no point in traveling long distances.....

Brian, what about the Tesla line??

Nice range with a Tesla, though not quite as much as billed:

You could buy me one! Only $100,000 plus, right? And I don't think there's a dealer in Oregon yet. Looking for what the range is, I noted a final paragraph of the Car and Driver blog entry listed above:

"I was never so happy to get out of a $130K car in my life. Getting into an Audi A3 TDI after nearly 24 hours and 181 miles felt like what I can only imagine a tethered parolee feels when the electronic leash is removed from their ankle. The Roadster is cool. It puts a smile on your face and attracts attention like a Ferrari. But if a car limits me to a circle of 70 miles, it abruptly falls off my list of lustworthy rides. Just give me an Elise. At least then I know I can make it home for Saturday Night Live."

So I don't think a Tesla is for me either, not right now at least. But if you give me one, I'll take it. Happily.

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