Prop 23 Update: Global Warming is Killing Electric Cars?
10/03/2012 4 Comments
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!