Electric vehicles for personal transportation have long been touted as the solution to the high cost of gasoline and diesel. However, electric vehicles have not become popular in the United States or in the UK for a number of reasons.
In the U.S., recently, there was big news about the reported failure of the expensive Tesla Model S sedan. People who purchase electric cars, in general, swear by them, and don’t seem to mind inconveniences such as short driving range and lack of or poor climate control. However, most car makers eventually seem to give up on their models.
According to Electrical Contracting News, most of the problem can be traced back to what they called the “chicken and the egg” syndrome. According to ECN:
“…people are reluctant to buy an electric vehicle if the charging network needed to support them isn’t there. Conversely, the investment in the infrastructure will only come when more vehicles are sold and the demand is greater.”
In some states in the U.S., governments have tried punitive measures to force people to purchase electric cars. Taxing heavier vehicles and increasing the price of gas and diesel, however, has just made people mad. Other initiatives have been subsidies to car makers to produce more electric vehicles. While this may have contributed to research in the field, no lasting effect has been left on the highways of America. The infrastructure was not built to support the few cars on the road. The few EVs sold were quite expensive, and limited in customer appeal.
After the government bailout of GM, Chevy had to, under government sanctions, produce the Volt. It was a failure that wasted tax money, furthering poisoning the well for EVs.
The ECN also stated:
“…we believe that uncertainty over payment for the energy required to power the vehicles remains a stumbling block as it is still unclear – will a ‘pay monthly’ option be introduced (in the UK), similar to that of a mobile phone? “
Many critics of current EVs say that the electricity necessary to charge vehicles will put a strain on existing infrastructures. Also, how are you supposed to pay for charging while on the road, and how much time does it take?
In the UK, according to ECN,
“…the government has now committed to reducing traditional fuel consumption by 80 per cent, as well as lowering car emissions by 75 per cent by 2030.”
This commitment, even with a 15 year deadline, is to an emerging technology. The competition is now on for electrical contractors to build charging stations across the country. The question is, how will it be paid for?
There is a lot riding on the Hot Cat plant currently being built by Andrea Rossi and his team. This will be the first civilian plant to begin operation, and, if successful, will prove the efficacy of LENR to the world. From there, inventors and entrepreneurs are sure to adapt the technology to anything that needs power, including motorized vehicles.
Mr. Rossi has said that LENR powered cars are 30 to 40 years in the future. This may be based on his experiences with certification and third party testing. Hopefully, once the lid is off of the science of LENR, we will find that charging stations for expensive electric cars will be unnecessary.