But the entire premise of “we can’t do it this minute so we shouldn’t even try and it’s a failed technology” is idiotic at best.
The Tesla superchargers can get some decent range back in half an hour. Is it the same as a fill up station? Of course not. But it’s not “4 hours”. One could easily mange to grab lunch, etc and you could travel 500+ miles with a simple meal break.
And technology will continue to decrease in price coupled with an economy of scale. Plane travel was prohibitively expensive not that long ago. Now it’s dirt cheap. Computers used to cost a zillion dollars. Now everyone has one that’s 10x more powerful in their pocket than what used to cost $3k.
Currently the main problem with going renewable on a massive scale is the backup grid is not insta-on insta-off.
It works ok currently when most of the primary grid is always on. But in order to switch even a large part of the country to renewables, you need either large scale storage ability, or back up generation on demand.
I see a lot of the nay sayers in this thread using terms like “currently” and “at the moment.” As others have said, other technologies were not available to all or fully integraded in their infancies. Renewable energy can be benificial for all, with some new strides forward. This is something we should be excited to see suceed.
You’d go broke where I live on the how often you’d have to rent a car. In a rural area and It’s not uncommmon to have a 200/300 mile round trip up to the big city in a day. This week it’s a 500 mile round trip for a weekend get a way. To rent a car for those two days – about 100 bucks. I’ll spend less than that in gas there and back and running around.
Tesla model 3 – they haven’t produced the so called economy version yet. Right now the cheap one’s are 50 grand. Model X is higher priced. So you’ll need a second car 20 to 30 grand.
Don’t know many average american’s who have 70 grand sitting around for two cars. Even a 5 to 10 k second car is 55 grand – don’t know how many people have that sitting around. So you’ve got two car payments, double the car insurance.
Example, a small nuke plant was proposed in Utah in 2007. Estimated cost was 3 billion.
Now we are in 2019, and they are just now letting contracts for some of the stuff that will make it work. They are doing that even though there are several lawsuits (mainly from environmental wako’s) that havn’t been resolved. last estimate 2030 is when the plan may come on line at a cost of 13 to 20 billion dollars.
And again, this is a small plant that may be built in the middle of nowhere. You get a much larger plant and in a more populated area (state), it will take twice as long and twice the cost.