I’ve never considered battery powered cars, which, in large part, are merely exceptionally fancy golf carts with better suspensions and stereos, to be a realistic or viable alternative to the gasoline powered engine. In his book, Thomas Friedman summed it up with this…
Electric cars kind of suck right now. To be more polite, you can say they’re not ready for prime time. The idea is tantalizing, but the implementation has a long way to go for, as I said before, anyone who drives more than 40 miles a day or who needs actual power to carry something.
The Tesla has been the only car that has proven to accelerate at a reasonable rate and to also be able to go farther than 40 miles on a charge. The batteries are, however, prone to spontaneous combustion.
Today, I heard that the well known motorcycle company Harley Davidson has started production of their first Electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It will take several hours to reach a full charge and can go for almost 40 miles. Unfortunately, It will have less power and speed than a moped. And the most disappointing part of all, this all new “totally green Harley” will NOT have the signature Harley Davidson sound. I mean, I once owned a Harley. Sure I could have bought any other bike, but I chose a Harley. The Japaneese counterparts can be obtained for a fraction of the cost of a genuine Harley. They also are considerably more dependable and they don’t leak oil. But they don’t have that signature sound. They are not a Harley Davidson. I once paid enough for a new Japanese bike to purchase a “basket case” Harley that was almost twenty years old. Once I purchased the parts and assembled the bike, I was the proud owner of a genuine Harley. I mean really? Do they actually think that a totally silent bike with no range and no power will sell? I don’t think so.
The electric transportation industry has a long way to go to be useful to anyone. Even if it’s sporting the endorsement and famous name of Harley Davidson.