Question: What do you do if your electric car runs out of electric? It's not like you can get a can of electricity, good for 30 miles.
Lets say, for instance, your teenager takes it out on Saturday nights, Chances are pretty good that before you've seen 6 more new moons you will be getting a call "Hey Dad,car's gone flat."
I think on this all of the time. I plan on an electric car within 5 years. There are major improvements on their way. I can make it 1/2 way around this country according to the motoring associations, but not all cars are compatible with all charging stations. I have a feeling that there will soon be roadside assist that will have a mega battery that can fast charge you enough to get to the next town.
Good thing about electric is you don't have to go to a gas station, and some chargers can go in any power outlet, ok they are currently slow. I want the new electric Kombi, they are talking 600klm a charge, and if we can get a full recharge in 20 minutes, means I stop for coffee every 5 hours, rather than run out of juice.
Simple; wire your car to recharge the battery from spinning flywheels and other engine parts, like a regular car generator does.
One could also recharge the battery by putting small, spinning parts on the forward edges of the car to use wind power, even use the friction from the wheels to generate power with the heat transfer differences.
This whole dependency on oil for recharging things is all about Big Oil control.
At Hawks Nest State Park, in the the middle of West Virginia, in the middle of nowhere even by West Virginia standards, not within 50 miles of any town big enough to have two gas stations, is a row of charging stations. I doubt that any electric car can reach those charging stations. Hopefully there's an app for that.
How far are they driving on a Saturday?
Even early Leafs will do over 80 miles on a charge. If they are off to a concert and planning to do more, then a re-charging stop will need to be factored in.
It's no different to thinking about putting any other fuel in, it just takes a little longer and, at the moment, a little more thought.
It probably won't be too long before breakdown services start to carry mobile generators to put a boost charge to give sufficient range to get to a charging station.
My first thought was AA evolving to become recover to home as standard.
But on reflection there's a simpler way if you are driving an electric car and a warning pops up to say your range is about to exceed that which could get you home again and by warning I mean beeping and a talking computer. Just how stupid would you be to keep on driving when a sign is basically saying you cannot get home again. Wouldn't you then make a decision to drive to the a charging point or drive home I know I would.