What about the battery losing capacity, though? This is the one point of weakness in the depreciation of any all-electric car like the Tesla. Time will tell how much battery capacity is lost in the various Tesla models and then how much it costs to replace the battery, given the plummeting costs of lithium-ion batteries and Tesla’s Gigafactory. My own experience is that after four years and 30,000 miles, I have lost about 12 percent of my original range of 245 miles. At this rate, it could be a decade before I have less range than a brand new Nissan Leaf, and a decade from now I suspect batteries are going to be a few thousand dollars, a little like replacing an engine block.
Now if you have been reading my blogs lately you probably have noticed my thoughts on public charging have not been good. In fact; they really really SUCK here lately including my local dealer Olympia Nissan and their feet dragging to get their fast charger working. Its been down at least a month or longer but I have decided to put the complaining on hold (most of it) for a bit. (a very little bit actually) and instead of whining about what we don't have, I want to show you what we could have if we simply started putting it together. A great video put out by Nissan shows an awesome vision of networked charging and power distribution and how it could really change our lives. The message becomes more poignant in my area when the memories of power outages a few days ago are still fresh in people's mind.
Now tell me that is NOT TOTALLY COOL!! Although, not sure about the cars rearranging themselves every night but then again, push a button on your FOB and the car pulls up the front door. Yeah, I could live with that!
Now as much as I complain about... that thing I said I was not going to talk about, every once in a while I see something that gives me hope. What is really amazing about this town is their proximity to oil riches!
I guess the real issue is that climate change is no longer your children's problem. The predictive models simply did not account for cheap gas so this issue that was supposed to be a few decades away is pretty much kicking in our door right now. Sure it was a combination of bad timing, bad weather, etc. but when this happens a few miles from your home, its hard to ignore.
Gotta be better ways of keeping our sidewalks clean! But to be fair, it was high tides, high winds and unusual weather. Now how much correlation between the unusual weather and Global Climate Change exists is becoming clearer and clearer daily but many choose to use old news to form their opinions. I admit; I am guilty of that. My mind; blessed though it be has time/spatial issues. Its hard for me to keep straight the old and the new sometimes. But lets face it; the jury is not only in, they have left the building! We are GREATLY hastening our own demise and our fossil fuel based transportation system is chiefly to blame!