FLYINGSCOT - here are the quick pros and cons that come to mind;
LEAF pros: Quieter, smoother (no shifting, no fumes), less stressful to drive, less expensive, re-fueling is clean and odorless and done at home, I don't HAVE to go to petro/gas stations, no petroleum-based liquids required, no belts, no emissions testing, a tremendous amount of maintenance is not attached to ownership.
LEAF cons: Battery capacity limits range by 75% compared to my old car. Refueling points are scarce, making long-range trips difficult.
I absolutely agree with you, making the charging points' infrastructure widely available will increase confidence in electric cars.
The UK government through the department of transport has recently approved funds to the tune of £30 million pounds to run a pilot programme that would see the installation of up to 8500 charging points for electric cars. This might seem small when looking at a big country like the USA, but for a compact country like the UK it is a big leap by the government and a laudable one at that.
I definitely agree that electric vehicles are the cars of the near future, giving both savings on costs and the additional environmnental gains from almost zero carbon emissions. However, I am choosing to comment on statement about the how it saves the reliance on foreign oil companies.
The fact is that the electricity generated which is then used to charge an electrical is to a large extent derived from fosssil fuels combustion, which means that eventhough you do not go to the gas station to fill up your car with gasoline, you still use electricity made from petroleum. Until, world electricity is fully decarbonised and derived from renewable energy then we cannot get the maximum gains from electric vehicles...
Renewable energies are the future of energy sources. We cannot rely to the traditional ways of electricity production because; such resources are not reliable always. So I think some R &D has to happens about using renewable energies in vehicles.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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