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  2. jb nods in agreement: “Vote Senator Mack!” – Rhode Island Democrat State Lawmaker Twerks Upside Down for Your Vote in Latest Campaign Stunt Rated PG-13
  3. Upfront Cost for an EV Prospective EV owners should be clear on one thing before they go new car shopping: electric cars are more expensive to purchase. According to the United States Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the average sticker price on a new electric vehicle is approximately $19,000 more than that of a new gasoline-powered vehicle.
  4. Cost to charge Costs for a home charging setup Besides understanding what it will cost to power an EV, it's also important to know the cost of a key piece of at-home technology: the electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), along with the cost of its installation. Another potential cost is a residential solar power system, which a growing number of people are considering, either for vehicle charging alone or for powering the car plus the household. Let's break down what these things cost. The electric vehicle supply equipment: $200-$1,000+ Plug-in vehicles today typically come with the ability to charge at home on standard household current, 120 volts, which is called Level 1 charging. They also can charge on faster 240-volt circuits, called Level 2 charging. If the vehicle has a small battery, under 10 kWh, you can often make do with the Level 1 charging system that comes with the vehicle. For plug-in cars with larger batteries, Level 2 is your best bet for overnight charging and quick top-ups. Most automakers with plug-in vehicles in their lineups have a preferred charger provider, but there are dozens of companies selling EVSEs. A search online will help you find the features, power output and pricing that best suit your needs. Just search for "EVSE" or "EV home chargers." Prices for quality Level 2 home systems can range from just under $200 to more than $1,000 before installation. There are faster Level 3 chargers, but they require a 440-volt DC power supply and are not meant for home use. You'll find these at Tesla Supercharger locations or other independent charging stations. Cost of installation: $800-$1,300 Installation costs for EVSEs vary by region, depending on such factors as local labor rates, materials used, and government permit costs and requirements. The biggest variable is permit costs, said Ken Sapp, SVP of business development for Qmerit, a Southern California company specializing in connecting homeowners with qualified EVSE installers throughout the U.S. Nationally, Sapp said, average costs range from $800 to $1,300 for a home EVSE installation with a short and uncomplicated 10-foot wiring running from the electrical service box to the charging station. The costliest region is the Western U.S., where installation can run from $950 to $1,300. It's least expensive in the Central U.S. states, at $800 to $1,100. Costs in the Southeast states can range from $850 to $1,150, while costs run from $900 to $1,200 in the Northeast. The costs of a solar system: $7,000 and up Unless you'll be charging electric cars for many years to come, it can be difficult to make an economic case for installing a solar system just to serve your EV. In the Los Angeles area, a 1-kilowatt solar system produces an average of 4 kWh of power per day. A base Tesla Model 3, which is EPA-rated at 29 kWh/100 miles and is one of the more efficient EVs available, would need at least a 3.1-kW system to get about 50 miles of range per daily charge. Such a system costs roughly $7,000 and doesn't include the cost of a storage battery to hold power for overnight charging. That feature could double the cost. Solar starts to make more sense if you install a system capable of providing electricity for the household as well as the EV. Upfront costs of owning a solar system outright can be steep. But on average, a properly sized whole-house solar system will pay for itself over about seven years and will last for at least 25 years. Costs are largely dependent on the size of the system, regional labor rates, the quality of the solar panels and power inverter used, and the complexity of the installation. The national average installed cost of a 10-kW system is $20,498 after applying the 26% federal tax credit, according to EnergySage, a Boston-based service that links homeowners with solar system providers across the country. Depending on your location and energy needs, a considerably cheaper 6-kW system could be adequate. There are a number of solar system financing and leasing programs, although the latter may come with onerous conditions from the leasing company, so be sure to read the fine print. Some utilities also offer incentives.
  5. Overview Post Contents Overview DISTANCE IS IMPORTANT Insufficient Charging Stations MONEY IS MONEY, AND TIME IS MONEY Costs of Maintenance and Replacement ELECTRIC CAR PRICES MAY SKYROCKET ELECTRIC CARS REQUIRE FOSSIL FUEL? THE TECHNOLOGY OF ELECTRIC CARS IS STILL IN THE EARLY STAGES Disadvantages of Electric Cars on the Environment GETTING OFF THE LINE FAST IS FUN, BUT MAINTAINING TOP SPEED IS WHERE THE TRICK IS IF THERE IS NO SOUND, THERE IS NO FUN CONFUSION OVER PRICES AND VARIETY Electric cars are considered the future of the automobile industry because there are several reasons behind this statement. Electric cars are beneficial for the environment. However, just because there is a greater demand for electric vehicles does not mean that electric cars are superior to gasoline vehicles. Many customers consider gas cars are better than electric cars although electric cars are eco-friendly and have zero-emission of co2. Electric cars have some advantages, but they still have a long way to go before they can be considered superior to gas-powered vehicles. The advantages of gas-powered vehicles over their electric counterparts are discussed in this article. DISTANCE IS IMPORTANT If anyone is going to buy a car he will first check the mileage of the distance of that car because everyone wants the best range in a short time, therefor electric cars can’t match the mileage offered by gas-powered vehicles between fill-ups. If you choose to buy an electric car, you may end up with a vehicle with a battery range of 100 – 200 miles. When compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, these figures are low. The average mileage per tank of gas for most gas-powered vehicles is 300 to 400 miles. However, these figures are insignificant when compared to the range of gas-powered vehicles. Sure, most gas-powered vehicles get around 300 miles on a full tank, but the more fuel-efficient models can get up to 500 miles before running out of gas. The Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra Eco, and Toyota Yaris Sedan all get around 35 miles per gallon (combined). You can travel anywhere between 380 and 490 miles before running out of gas, depending on tank size. Electric cars, at least for the time being, can’t compete with that. Insufficient Charging Stations The biggest issue is the power station for electric cars. The number of gas power stations is more than electric cars. The electric charging stations are a big problem for developing countries where electricity is not present in a sufficient quantity. Electric cars are suitable in developed countries like the USA, China, the UK, Australia, etc. Consider taking a 300-mile road trip like Mount Rushmore, The Gateway Arch, or any other place; in a fuel-efficient vehicle, you could complete the journey on a single tank of gas. Taking the same trip in an electric vehicle, on the other hand, could be challenging. You’re almost certain to come to a halt at a charging station because you’ll run out of juice before you get halfway. That would not be a problem in some areas where charging stations are plentiful, but in areas where there aren’t many charging stations, it can become a problem. credit: Image Owner MONEY IS MONEY, AND TIME IS MONEY There’s something else to say about charging stations and the amount of time it takes to charge an electric car’s batteries. Charging your car’s battery can be a problem if you’re in a hurry. Even “fast” charging stations can take up to 30 minutes to charge a car’s battery pack to 80% capacity which isn’t even close to a full charge! As a result, it’s best to accept early on that you’ll be spending more time waiting for your car batteries to charge rather than filling up the gas tank. Credit: Image owner Costs of Maintenance and Replacement It’s true that electric cars eliminate the need to pay for gasoline. However, just because you save money on gas doesn’t mean you’re saving money on everything else. Those battery packs, for instance, are quite costly. They’re not as expensive as they were a decade ago — battery packs used to cost around $1,000 per kWh — but they’ll still put a dent in your pocket. Credit: Image owner When you multiply that by their total output, you’re looking at replacement costs of around $12,000 to $20,000. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll need to replace them in a certain amount of time, if you own an electric car and drive it for a long time, you’re likely to need a battery pack replacement down the road. Who knows, maybe you’ll have to do it more than once during the life of your electric vehicle. Imagine spending more than $50,000 on an electric car only to spend even more money on a battery pack replacement later on. We haven’t even considered the possibility of other problems with these vehicles. ELECTRIC CAR PRICES MAY SKYROCKET In the United States and many European countries that offer fuel cost savings, tax credits, and incentives for electric cars, this isn’t as much of a problem. But where does that leave the rest of the world? Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, the concept of an electric car is still strange, particularly in areas where the structure to support EVs is lacking. Credit: Image owner In other cases, some governments may impose higher taxes on electric vehicles, making them even more expensive than they are now. Electric cars are even classified as “exotics” in some countries, putting them in the same category as performance car brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Bentley. It may seem strange to think of it in these terms if you live in the United States, but that is the reality that many people in other parts of the world face when considering purchasing an electric vehicle. ELECTRIC CARS REQUIRE FOSSIL FUEL? There’s no denying that electric vehicles emit no co2 from the atmosphere. However, even though this is true does not mean that electric cars are completely devoid of fossil fuels. Electric cars, after all, require the production of electricity in order to function. Hydropower, renewable energy sources, and nuclear power are just a few of the options. However, none of these are the primary sources of electricity. The United States of America was founded five years ago. EVs, like coal, petroleum, and natural gas, require them because we can’t get electricity without them unless we use the other methods mentioned. Granted, those percentages are expected to decline as more focus is given on renewable energy sources, but until we completely abandon the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, EVs will continue to rely on them, albeit indirectly. At the very least, we know that gas-powered vehicles require fossil fuels. EVs, too, require them. It really is just that no one brings it up. THE TECHNOLOGY OF ELECTRIC CARS IS STILL IN THE EARLY STAGES There will come a time when electric vehicles will be the majority on the road. That appears to be a foregone conclusion now that every reputable automaker has moved its focus to develop as many electric vehicles as possible. But that day has yet to come. For the time being, gas-powered automobiles continue to reign supreme. When you play the numbers game, this is what happens. You can still buy an electric car, but you should be aware that the entire electric vehicle universe has yet to be fully explored. With a gas-powered car, we know what we’re getting ourselves into. To see their benefits, you can draw on more than a century of history and evolving technology. Electric cars are as promising as they are for the future, but there isn’t much history to suggest that this is the way to go. I understand that it appears to be a choice between a sure thing and an untapped opportunity, but that is also the reality of the situation. Electric vehicles may come to dominate the world’s highways in the future. There a plenty of factors and proof that point to us ending up there. What if…we don’t? GETTING OFF THE LINE FAST IS FUN, BUT MAINTAINING TOP SPEED IS WHERE THE TRICK IS So, this primarily applies to high-performance electric vehicles and their gas-powered counterparts. It also draws attention to your preference for being fast or not being fast. The electric car is the way to go if you want to be quick off the line, in part because they generate more torque than their gas-powered counterparts and it comes instantly. This is significant because torque is what propels a vehicle forward. Electric cars also do not require traditional transmissions, which eliminates a step in the electrical distribution process. Credit: Image Owner This is where you will experience immediate acceleration. But there’s a beauty: just because electric cars accelerate more quickly doesn’t mean they’re faster. The issue with electric cars, at least in comparison to their gasoline-powered counterparts, is that they are less likely to maintain that speed due to the lack of transmission to channel that power to higher gears. Gasoline-powered vehicles, on the other hand, do not have this issue. That’s why, in a race between an electric car and a gas-powered performance car, the safe bet is on the electric car to accelerate faster, but the gas-powered car to catch up and pull ahead in a matter of seconds. IF THERE IS NO SOUND, THERE IS NO FUN Electric vehicles emit less noise than their gasoline-powered counterparts. Some people believe this is a good thing, especially for everyday EVs, but when it comes to performance EVs, the lack of sound can be seen as depriving someone of the experience of listening to a gas-powered engine’s full audible might. Consider the following scenario: you’re driving down a long stretch of road and want to boost the efficiency of your electric vehicle. Credit: Image owner It’s not the kind of sound you’d expect from a high-performance vehicle, but you get what you pay for when you buy a high-performance EV. Now imagine yourself in a high-performance car with a naturally aspirated V-12 engine. Heck, even a turbocharged V-8 or turbocharged V-10 engine will suffice. The difference in driving enjoyment is night and day, especially if you’re driving a manual transmission vehicle. When you change gears, the shriek of a V-10 engine is one of the purest and most beautiful sounds you’ll ever hear in a car. That’s something electric vehicles can’t do, at least not yet. CONFUSION OVER PRICES AND VARIETY Automobile manufacturers have done an excellent job managing the price points of their electric vehicles. Electric cars are also cheaper because of fuel savings, tax credits, and state incentives, at least if they’re available in your state. Despite these benefits, electric vehicles are generally more expensive than gasoline-powered vehicles. When compared to the cost of owning a gas-powered car, an electric car is out of reach for most people. Some people are able to afford electric vehicles without breaking a sweat. That’s fantastic. Furthermore, due to the scarcity of electric car options, you may be forced to purchase an EV that you aren’t completely sold on in the first place. It will change at some point, especially once automakers begin to introduce full electric car lineups to the market. However, until that day comes, the options prefer gas-powered vehicles over electric vehicles.
  6. How much will it cost apartment owners to install electric charging stations for the tenants? You have to have a dedicated 220 v or it take "forever" to get it on a 110 circuit. Plus if you are driving in a area (like everywhere) that has no charging stations then you have to bust out your 1 Hp generator, get some gas and then charger ur' up. This won't get it: Good luck to you.
  7. Last WW2 Medal Of Honor Recipient Passes At the height of World War II, 18-year-old Hershel "Woody" Williams attempted to join the U.S. Marine Corps, though a recruiter explained the 5-foot-6 dairy farmer: "Go home, you're too short." The height requirement soon changed, according to a foundation named for Williams, who joined the Marines and went on to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor after single-handedly taking out a series of Japanese positions in the most bloodstained battles on Iwo Jima. Williams passed Wednesday at 98 years old. Williams, the final surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War Two, passed at a hospital in his home state of West Virginia, according to the U.S. military and the Woody Williams Foundation, nonprofit serving military families. In 2017, the U.S. Navy christened the USS Hershel "Woody" Williams, an expeditionary mobile base. The 1945 battle for the strategic island of Iwo Jima took the lives of 7,000 Marines. When he hit Iwo Jima's black sands, Williams crawled through piles of dead Marines wrapped in their ponchos and the wreckage of destroyed U.S. tanks to discover his company meeting the enemy with nothing though bomb craters for cover, according to a 2021 profile of Williams in the Tennessean newspaper. “Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands,” the citation reads, “Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions.” “On one occasion,” according to the citation, “he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants, and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.” Mr. Williams was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman in October 1945, months after the Japanese surrender that ended World War II. Mr. Williams, who attained the rank of chief warrant officer 4, later pursued a career with what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs and ran a horse farm. “It’s one of those things that you put in the recess of your mind,” Mr. Williams told The Washington Post in 2020, reflecting 75 years later on his service at Iwo Jima. “You were fulfilling an obligation that you swore to do, to defend your country. Any time you take a life … there’s always some aftermath to that if you’ve got any heart at all.” Facing small-arms fire, Williams fought for four hours, repeatedly returning to prepare demolition charges and obtain flamethrowers. "His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective." Williams relied on his fiancée, Ruby, to get him through the often anxious times during the war, stating he had to get back to the girl in Fairmont that he was going to marry. Their marriage lasted 62 years. Ruby Williams died in 2007 at age 83. The couple had two daughters and five grandsons. After the war he worked for what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 30 years and later established his foundation. He further ran a horse farm in West Virginia.
  8. Are our tax dollars being spent wisely? For 23 billion bucks a year - why is nasa "hiding their cards"?
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