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post #28 of Old 04-26-2008
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I used to have an electric Ford Ranger available for my use (because everyone else hated it) that I drove whenever possible. Only had three drawbacks, the batteries, the batteries and the batteries. They were really heavy, discharged too fast even with regenerative set at max, and took 10 times as long to charge as they would run. Only repair for any breakdown (there were several) was a tow to Ford Motor Co., you'd get in and it was just dead. No way to troubleshoot or duct-tape a repair. Until we get giant Li-Ion laptop type batteries or dependable fuel cell I'll stick to diesel. If worse comes to worst you can always homebrew a little something that'll make it run long enough to get to sea.
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