Full Speed Electric Cars
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These vehicles are capable of full freeway speeds, meaning 75 mph plus. They need to have enough battery storage to give adequate distance for the cost of the vehicle. Most of these have the ability to go 100 miles on a charge. Some can go further.

There is one electric full speed passenger vehicle on the market and a whole range of others scheduled for the market by the end of 2010. Below you will find a brief rundown of some of the main vehicles.

The Full Speed EV are produced from companies that are benefiting from one or both of the following advantages:
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Ř     The companies are already building Local Use Vehicles

Ř     Small volume manufacturers are building them

Nissan is releasing the full speed leaf starting in the last few months of 2010. This is a very exciting development and is the next round of full speed electric vehicles. They are freeway ready vehicles with one hundred mile range and all the features you could want in a vehicle for around town.

It is really important that this vehicle is well received and that people do what it takes to fit these into their lives.
MSVs are a key element in getting safe Local Use Vehicles on the road. Click here to learn more.
Converting from gas to electric has great potential for jobs and oil reductions. Click here to learn more.
There are a whole range of other vehicles that fit the LUV vision. Watch here for a link to learn more.
The Tesla is being built at the Lotus Plant in England. That is a classic example of the small volume manufacturer. There are other such companies in Europe that are also producing small volumes of EVs. All of these are very expensive.

Most of these vehicles coming on the market are from companies that are already producing compact light vehicles designed for city and local use. Many of them are converted from gasoline version of such vehicles.

Ford is the only Domestic producer of such vehicles and their best models are manufactured overseas. This shows how important it is to support that level of vehicle in this country. Supporting them as electric drive and alt fuels would be one of the most direct paths to our oil independence.

The lack of LUV manufacturers and of established small volume manufacturers is clearly keeping the US from advancing and taking a leadership role. Supporting both of these will help change all that.
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Upcoming Stars of the Full Speed EV World

The Tesla Roadster

Status

1064 vehicles shipped and counting

Availability

Being built slowly

Projected Price

$110,000 plus extras

Job Factors

US Technology

 

Built in England

Range

245 mile range

Charge Time

3.5 hours fast charge

 

 

 

 

Top Speed

120 mph

Website

www.teslamotors.com/roadster/specs

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All electric vehicles will be LUVs until:
Are these Vehicles Local Use Vehicles?
The technology for all this exists. It is new and expensive, so it will take time to get all the parts in place. In the mean time these vehicles will help push the infrastructure forward. The other and more affordable LUVs will be able to help advance the infrastructure as well.
These full speed vehicles have the range needed to do a good days driving. One hundred mile range translates into 36,500 miles a year with only one charge a day. Most of these can take at least two charges in a day. That is sufficient for a very large percentage of peoples' vehicle use.

That use has round trip range concerns. The first concern would be with only a home charger available. That would keep the vehicle within a forty to fifty mile radius. That is a radius perfectly acceptable for most daily, local travel.

That radius expands to 90 plus miles when there is a charger at both ends of the trip. That would require enough time at the charging station for the return trip, which is typically 5 plus hours. Now you can travel across town to a charger at work or to a friend’s charger. That charger in your favorite shopping or dining destination becomes important with this distance and range.

With these conditions it is clear that these vehicles would start out as Local Use Vehicles. They expand the area that would be considered the local area compared to other LUVs, which is good. The technology is coming online that can cut the charge time to a half hour on most vehicles. Once that technology is disseminated in volume then that infrastructure will allow electric vehicles to start taking the place of touring cars and for them to break out of the Local Use Vehicle category.
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Ř     They have 200 mile plus range

Ř     They have fast charging with charging times of less than a half hour

Ř     They have enough chargers for thousands of vehicles on main routes

Click here to go to the page on “The Plan” as a starting point on what we need to do.
Click here to get in touch with this network so we can coordinate efforts on the business and political part of all this.
Starting the Nissan Leaf
The vehicle will help bring some jobs to this country. Nissan is building a battery production plant in Tennessee right near an existing vehicle assembly plant that will be converted to produce these vehicles by 2012. That does mean jobs in the U.S.A. and that is a big part of what is important about these vehicles.

The situation is not quit ideal however. The technology and the engineering jobs belong to the offshore parent company and that is where the profits will go. The assembly plant will use parts and technology that will be produced in other places. The importing of motor vehicle parts is huge business. The importation of vehicles and parts is part of the balance of trade money drain that has sent one trillion dollars out of our economy in the last ten years.

Japanese companies are at the top of the list for receiving this money. Japan has benefited from our balance of trade money drain to the tune of over 700 billion dollars for vehicles and parts in the last twenty years. Why is it that America is not competing harder for these dollars and the jobs that go with them?

Not only are we not competing for the jobs but now the government is going to pay Nissan $12,500 to sell the one Leaf in this country. That is $7,000 from the federal government and $5,000 from the state of California. With over ten thousand vehicles scheduled for delivery in this country over the next ten months, which will come to $125,000,000 or 125 million dollars. That money will position Nissan as the global leader in electric vehicle technology and production.

Does this make sense to anyone when both the federal and state government is operating at a deficit?
Jobs, Tax Credits and Made in America
It does make sense to the individual consumer so please get an electric vehicle. But consider the Chevy Volt or the Wheego Whip and the jobs they are creating before doing so. If you really want to get a Leaf then please get in touch so we can point you toward our friends who will be selling them. That will keep a few more dollars with the right people.

The Chevy Volt will let you drive in EV mode for 40 miles between charges. That is forty to work, charge and forty miles home again. Since the average vehicle in this country drives 38 miles a day, that should do the job. Using the tax credits for that will help put the USA in the leading spot for EVs.

The Wheego Whip is a cute car with similar specifications to the Nissan. It is assembled here in Southern California. It uses made in US technology including the motor, controller and battery management systems. A company out of Atlanta Georgia produces it. Many of the people involved are friends of this network and they are good people. This is another good group to work with and to apply the credits too.



Perhaps you can help communicate to your representatives that we need to put the U.S.A in the lead position on this future looking technology. There are many things that can be done to help build a new auto industry in this country and the time is now.
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All this is why it is essential that we start to build the concept of
LUVs as a really great thing.
LUVs are the answer to so much of the challenge of our oil dependence. However they have big challenges ahead before they are as easy and as affordable as the established oil burners. You have the chance to not only get involved early in this transition and be one of the pioneers. You can help build the movement toward more LUVs in our lives.
Get a new LUV now. Help spread the LUV. Be the change you want to see.
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