Re: Electric vans, RV’s, or bus’s…
Purely electric is not practical at this time, the ranges are too short, the charging times are too long, and charging station infrastructure is extremely poor in most areas.
High MPG gas/electric hybrids might be a viable solution, but they would need to get the MPG ratings MUCH higher before I would be interested, and the cost of ownership would need to be lower than conventional vehicles.
Personally, I think we’re missing the boat, or being misled by big money. I think hydrogen retrofits for existing gas vehicles would be the better route to go. Fill your tank with water and convert it to hydrogen as needed by the engine. If such a retrofit was cheap enough, which it should be if what I read about existing gas engines being able to run on hydrogen with a simple adapter, we could cut pollution world wide dramatically while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Hydrogen on demand could be the next BIG THING, changing the world for the better, and keeping more money in our pockets for everybody. I like that idea much better than solar, which still costs a fortune, requires sunshine, and needs batteries for it to be practical, which of course are consumables.
Now if we could get electric vehicles that are combined with generators like the fuel efficient ones that run for 8+ hours on a gallon of gas, that could give us up to 300-400 miles on a gallon of gas. I’d seriously consider something like that, and I believe that technology exists today but is being withheld from the public by big money interests.
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