Prop 23 Update: Global Warming is Killing Electric Cars?

Russ Steele

We were suppose to be buying electric cars to save planet from global warming. But, it appears that global warming is damaging if not killing electric cars.  Details HERE.

Leaf owners in Phoenix noticed that upon full battery charge, their dashboard charge indicator showed a decreasing capacity. According to hybridCARS website range per battery charge has dropped from the advertised 100 miles to as low as 44 miles.

At first Nissan claimed it was a fault of the dashboard gauge, but that proved not to be the case. The lithium ion battery was actually losing charging capacity over time. (See here for a detailed discussion on the physical and chemical processes which cause battery capacity reduction.) Tests show that the battery “ages” more than twice as fast in hot climates compared to cool climates.

Why would anyone buy an electric car?  It seems to be a question that many buyers are asking them selves and not coming up with a buying answer.  US electric car battery plants are sitting idle, after Obama invested billions to create a battery industry in the US.  Why, auto customers are not interested in buying electric cars. Especially electric cars that can only go 44 miles, which will soon be cut in half again to 22 miles per charge as the UN IPCC/GISS global temperatures continue to increase.  Heh!

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to Prop 23 Update: Global Warming is Killing Electric Cars?

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    #1 question for electric cars: How many miles to the pound of coal?

  2. Sean says:

    Today’s battery technology is only good in fair weather. They don’t handle heat or cold very well. I still like the concept of an electric vehicle but there are some serious technical advances needed to get these vehicles beyond a niche for the rich.

    • The biggest cold weather problem a pure electric vehicle has is heating the interior. Draining the battery to drive a resistive heater to keep the occupants from freezing is hell on mileage.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    It sounds like you have to be rich enough to afford two Leafs and a big diesel flat bed truck to follow you around with your spare Leaf. The main serious technical advance needed is a battery the size and weight of a full tank of gas with an equivalent energy density and a three minute recharging time.

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