A commenter on BNC recently tried to argue that a fair test of EV’s would be when they “routinely drive from Sydney to Perth”. I answered with the following comments. (via Open Thread 5 « BraveNewClimate.)
Is this a good test of electric vehicles? I don’t think so. I think EV’s will cater to 95% of our city driving.
A busy enough highway route like Brisbane to Melbourne might have enough fast-charge or battery swap stations to make the trip doable. I’m just not convinced that Sydney to Perth is a fair request. Surely people who actually drive the Nullarbor are doing so for reasons other than ‘normal’ commuting.
I wonder about that trip anyway. Anyone hear the old news report about the truck of tomato’s driving from Melbourne to Perth, and the other truck of tomato’s coming back the other way? There was a bush fire somewhere in the middle that held up the trucks for a few days. In the end, all the tomato’s spoiled. It was all in the name of ‘free trade’. Is that the kind of nonsensical ‘free market’ messing about that we want to encourage?
No, I’m not convinced Melbourne to Perth is a fair test.
As the beginning of “Who killed the Electric Car” said, “It is true that Electric Vehicles are not for everybody. They are only capable of meeting 95% of our driving needs!” Now if we moved 90% of the car fleet to electric power, I’m sure society can manufacture enough liquid fuels for the remainder.
F. Jeffrey Martin’s “Green Freedom” concept explains how nuclear power plants could suck Co2 out of the atmosphere and manufacturing fuels from it, at a price that will soon be competitive with oil as prices rise just a little over the coming years.
Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a low-risk, transformational concept, called Green Freedom™, for large-scale production of carbon-neutral, sulfur-free fuels and organic chemicals from air and water.
Currently, the principal market for the Green Freedom production concept is fuel for vehicles and aircraft.
At the heart of the technology is a new process for extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and making it available for fuel production using a new form of electrochemical separation. By integrating this electrochemical process with existing technology, researchers have developed a new, practical approach to producing fuels and organic chemicals that permits continued use of existing industrial and transportation infrastructure. Fuel production is driven by carbon-neutral power.