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It may seem laughable to the cutting-edge technologists in Silicon Valley, but the biggest threat to the Valley

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Tesla is cool and all, but we need a company like GM to push electric for it to be the next big thing. Only one of the big companies has the resources and marketing to do it.

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GM has the money and the technology to have a Tesla-killer today, but they will continue keeping it "just a few years away" until there is actually a good business reason for them to release it (such as Tesla actually becoming a legitimate competitor). There is a way better business reason for them not to: the governments will keep giving them more money.

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Tesla is cool and all, but we need a company like GM to push electric for it to be the next big thing. Only one of the big companies has the resources and marketing to do it.

Problem with electrical is that they aren't very practical, especially if it's the persons only car.

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Problem with electrical is that they aren't very practical, especially if it's the persons only car.

Agreed, electric cars need to become more affordable, and range needs improvement too, at least in some respect it would become the commute vehicle if those issues were addressed, freeing up the family car for the days the electric car is charging, going for social drives, visits and so on

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Problem with electrical is that they aren't very practical, especially if it's the persons only car.

 

Not yet, but that problem might eventually get solved. That's just one of the many problems with electric cars and why you need a huge backer like GM to solve them.

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Tesla is cool and all, but we need a company like GM to push electric for it to be the next big thing. Only one of the big companies has the resources and marketing to do it.

And if they run out of money due to mismanagement, they can always count on the taxpayer to bail them out.

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Even if they get past the range and price hurdles, the next problem will be how the power grids will handle everybody having one.  My guess is that it will cause huge problems in populated areas.  Then also, what do we do with the dead batteries?

 

Personally I still think that Hydrogen is the tech we should be putting our R&D towards.

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Even if they get past the range and price hurdles, the next problem will be how the power grids will handle everybody having one.  My guess is that it will cause huge problems in populated areas.  Then also, what do we do with the dead batteries?

 

Personally I still think that Hydrogen is the tech we should be putting our R&D towards.

Good point, I forgot about that, like that Honda FCX Clarity (or whatever it was called)

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Good point, I forgot about that, like that Honda FCX Clarity (or whatever it was called)

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Wow that thing is ugly, haha.  But yeah, there are some hydrogen fuel-cell cars out there that don't get much media attention. Mercedes and BMW have also had models for a few years now.  The biggest problem is that special fuel stations need to be built for these cars to ever have a chance.

 

Looks like Toyota has something interesting being developed:

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/06/30/2015-toyota-hydrogen-fuel-cell-car-will-have-300-mile-range/

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10 years ago I was at Disney World when they first introduced the GM test track ride.  At the end of the ride they had a new proof of concept of an electric car where the battery was the frame and most of the cost and then you could then interchange the top half so you could have a sports car normally but then swap to an SUV model if you wanted more space etc.

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I read a similar article. I personally think GM isn't capable of producing a nice looking car that will deliver efficiency that people will actually want to drive (case: Volt). They do make some nice cars, but I think Tesla will always be ahead of GM and other competitors when it comes to electric vehicles. I do like seeing competition amongst companies, so it'll be interesting to see whatever GM produces. 

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I'm hoping GM puts in some good research on the "green side" of making electric cars. Right now electrics make the end user feel like they are using a green vehicle however, its the manufacturing of the batteries that's the killer. If they can figure out a good "green" way to make batteries and also deal with the recycling aspect that will be a big hurdle. The other issue with electrics is that even if GM can achieve the 200 mile range they are going for it still changes our dynamics for driving long distances. A fill up that once took 5 minutes now could take a few hours or longer and this implies that rural areas will have charging stations. Electrics are great for commuting to and from work or around town, but long distances is the bigger issue. I don't want a solution like BMW which is to swap your car for a loaner gas option for the trip. 

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I really like Tesla but my Chevy Volt is my go-to vehicle.

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We really need more affordable all-electric cars. 

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That will take something.like the metal-air battery Tesla and others are working on, or a more affordable fuel cell - which is also making big strides. GM has a fuel cell near production, but I'm not sure they can make the price right.

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Problem with electrical is that they aren't very practical, especially if it's the persons only car.

 

Why isn't it practical? If you can get 200-300 miles on a single charge, and it only takes a half hour to charge... The only thing keeping me away is the cost. If they can develop a 30k model then I am absolutely sold. 

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Electric will never be practical, for all the reasons already mentioned here, Tesla and the others need to give up on electric and come up with something reasonable and workable if they ever want to kill off the internal com\bustion engine

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Problem with electrical is that they aren't very practical, especially if it's the persons only car.

Agreed, electric cars need to become more affordable, and range needs improvement too, at least in some respect it would become the commute vehicle if those issues were addressed, freeing up the family car for the days the electric car is charging, going for social drives, visits and so on

 

Define practical. I consider practical as something that would allow me to do everything I would normally be able to do with an average gasoline family car like a Honda Accord. In this regard, Telsa is entirely practical for day-to-day use. Current range on a Model S is around 300 miles on average. I can't think of anyone who drives that many miles per day unless you are taking a cross state/country trip.

 

 

We really need more affordable all-electric cars. 

 

Agreed on the affordable front, but the cost of technology is too high at the moment to allow for that. This is the whole reason why Telsa went for the luxury approach first, then work their way down. Their $30k model is due in 3 years if everything continues on schedule, but a significant step to this is getting approval for direct-to-consumer sales so they don't have to build out an extensive dealership network like all the other carmakers. The closest competitor is BMW, which is planning to bring their own tech from the i8 into the 3 and 5 series in the next couple years as well.

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Man!

 

Thought this article was going to be about GM taking on Tesla, the rock band!!  :woot:

Just so happened this Tesla song was on radio at same time I clicked this topic.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4994186umUU

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Volt is one of the ugliest cars I've ever seen though people somehow still seem to like its design.  They really need some new people and new inspiration to compete.

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Electric will never be practical, for all the reasons already mentioned here, Tesla and the others need to give up on electric and come up with something reasonable and workable if they ever want to kill off the internal com\bustion engine

 

Electric can provide way more power than combustion can. Huge cranes and heavy construction equipment are usually electric, fed by a diesel generator instead of a battery. The batteries which current electric cars are using are not practical, thats about it though. Having the cost of fuel 'included' in the price of the car is impressive- although limited as the charging times are deadly. anything more than 3-5 minutes is too long to wait around. I think 90 seconds will do though.

 

http://vimeo.com/68832891

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Electric power will never take off. Batteries die out as they get recharged. And they're pretty damn expensive to replace. Plus they take forever to be recharged. We haven't even reached 8 hr recharge for these things yet. There's also the fact that my 2004 Corolla gets better mpg than any electric car currently available.

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These cars won't catch on until they have wireless charging.

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Doesn't America have government subsidies for electric cars?

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