The cost and lifespan of batteries, time to charge and driving distance make the electric vehicle a difficult choice.
At this point the rechargeable battery infrastructure does make the electric vehicle difficult, but I honestly don’t think that we will ever switch to a battery switching infrastructure. A lot of the call for electric vehicles is with regards to the benefit to the environment that they bring. A battery switching industry may be more harmful to the environment than even gas powered cars because of the vast amount of resources that would be required if we do eventually have a large number of electric vehicles on the road. While you are right that charging time and driving distance does put a damper on the idea of rechargeable vehicles, the cost and lifespan argument would not be a valid one to make. While a rechargeable battery does indeed cost more than disposable ones, the fact that they are rechargeable (even though they do eventually die) makes them far more cost efficient than it would be to buy a new one every time you needed a new battery. The lifespan of each individual charge is also about the same, but once again, you can reuse the rechargeables. I think that the more ideal situation would be to increase the infrastructure of rechargeable batteries and put more charging stations around the United States while also increasing the quality of the rechargeable batteries.
Battery technology has advanced to the point that one charge will last longer than a tank of gas. Battery switching takes less time than it takes to fill up a tank of gas. Battery waste is manageable where as the whole gas/oil process is not. Buying a car without a battery and purchasing the power in the battery like we do gas today makes much more sense to me. It will significantly reduce the cost of an electric vehicle. So why would anyone want their own batteries??? when they could rent them?
I apologize I completely misunderstood your question in the first place. I thought that you were suggesting using disposable batteries where we would basically buy a few batteries to carry around, switch them out when we are done and dispose of the old battery. Your solution makes a lot of sense and could be an extremely good way to develop the system of using electric vehicles. If I am understanding your comment this time, you are suggesting that “gas stations” have a bunch of batteries in stock, and basically electric vehicles would stop at “gas stations” and switch out their old and drained battery for a freshly charged one, and the “gas station” would then recharge the battery and have it available for a new customer. This would make incredible sense and I do hope that this idea is developed. There would be some kinks to work out obviously, but it has the potential to be a very efficient and convenient system.
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