In 2012 I was helping Oliver Kuttner promote his VLC or Very Light Car. It was very aerodynamic too (0.16 drag). His team won the X prize in 2008 - getting 108 or so MPG with fuel. The car he had in California was electric. It had a 10KWh battery and would go 100 miles between charges - It weighed under 1,000 pounds. I rode in the car some 50 miles or so, and was impressed with the ride, comfort etc. It carried 4 passengers.
About this time Tesla came out with their car - Big battery and heavy. I thought that the VLC would be as popular as the Tesla.. Boy was I wrong! No one seemed impressed that the VLC would go a mile on 100wh vs the 300wh for the Tesla. I thought that both would be well recieved. Alas the VLC still sits waiting for traction. No one seems interested in it. I wondered why? The only answer I can come up with is the cost of electricity is relitively cheap compared to liquid fuel. The difference in per mile costs for an efficient EV vs a heavy user is still not all that much. I have pondered this. Maybe there are other reasons too - but seriously, none of the current EV's comes close to Aptera or VLC in efficency.. and yet no one wants them. -- View this message in context: http://electric-vehicle-discussion-list.413529.n4.nabble.com/EVLN-The-Big-EV-Debate-Go-for-Small-or-Big-Battery-Pack-tp4677803p4677812.html Sent from the Electric Vehicle Discussion List mailing list archive at Nabble.com. _______________________________________________ UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org Read EVAngel's EV News at http://evdl.org/evln/ Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA)