Originally Posted by tom03
I agree electric cars are the future.
I think hybrid cars are just a transition towards fully electric vehicles with no need for gasoline. At least lets hope so.
But a massive need for dirty new coal fired electric plants (or nuclear--sorry to say wind turbines can only help, not replace)! Lets all remember there are trade offs....going electric MOVES the emissions, doesn't eliminate them. A large power plant is probably more efficient than millions of ICE engines, so it will HELP...but....
Some will say, "yeah but they recharge at night when there is supposedly less demand. I'm not sure about that with all the lighting but even assuming its true. If no one WAS using power during the night the plants can "spin down" and produce less electricity and use less fuel. Start recharging eveyones automobiles and you will increase the amount of fuel being used at those plants.
The problem is once we create electric cars the average individual is going to think, COOL!!!! I'm not hurting anyone anymore.... I don't have to conserve!!!!! No emissions!!!
We really need to find a way to make do with less....