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I can honestly say, during my short demo ride, I wasn't even aware of the regenerative braking. I think the amount and setting is adjustable, so who knows what they had it set for. It didn't try to toss me over the bars when I closed the throttle, nor did it free-wheel like a two-stroke.
You can justify the stops just like Tesla owners do. "You know, on any long trip you need to stop for a (2 hour) lunch anyway, so an electric car fueling is no different from a gasoline one." LOL! You can't make this stuff up.
I took a test drive in a Bolt. Very impressive car. Played with regenerative braking. Being a stick shift guy, it's like learning to drive all over again. Well thought out car and surprisingly fun to drive. The funky formica style dash is kinda neat too.I wonder how the Chevy sales people handle it?
It seems some Chevy dealers make a real effort to support the Bolt, but I believe most do not. You can be pretty sure the service departments aren't thrilled about them! It is an impressive little car, and it only took a couple of weeks before both my wife and I became complete electric car advocates. Advances in tech will continue to come, but I think for most people, even these "early adopter" examples represent a vastly superior way to build a car. And Teslas are a whole other level of amazing. The regen braking does take a bit of getting used to, but once you do it is great. It is my wife's single favorite feature about the car and one of the things I think Chevy has done a better job of than anybody to date. I suspect the brake pads should be good for several million miles.
The way to go, at least for Bikes, has got to be Quick-Change Battery Packs.You get low on charge, you pull into a dedicated 'service' station, and swap your near-dead Pack for a freshly charged one, simply pull out the old, plug in the new, like a giant Power Tool Pack.Pay the fee, and you're on your way again in a minute or so.Of course, this would require all the manufacturers to cooperate, and standardise the various sized Packs they use, but if they want to sell, that's what they'll have to do.I know they're the 'future', or at least will be in a decade or so, when they're fully 'sorted', and are much more environmentally friendly than they are now, but for me, a huge part of the riding experience is the Engine sound, and the vibes.I want to feel there's a living fire-breathing beast under me, not some sanitised over-sized Sewing MAchine.
Here’s the million dollar question. If it were not for the fact that with an electric vehicles saves one from being at the mercy of big oil and their varying prices would you still purchase an EV? Now let’s add one more variable. If your state or maybe even the federal government added a sufficient “use of highway “ Tax for your EV, would you still be all that interested in joining the stylish move of the EV world?
I know Oregon has looked hard at a "highway use" tax based on miles driven. Gas tax revenue is flat and will only get worse as electric cars proliferate. The "plan" is to require GPS miles on all motor vehicles to get a current registration. GPS tracking is already installed on most commercial vehicles. Just a theoretical money grab at this stage, but one can see where this is going. It would really cripple the kind of recreational riding we do as motorcyclists. Might make a weekend joy ride too expensive.
My "use of highway" tax is on my yearly registration. They call it a "wheel tax". Are you saying an additional tax based on mileage in lieu of the taxes collected at the gas pumps? I would like to have an electric dual sport bike for riding around the woods in a stealthy way so I can hear and see nature and get in an out of places undetected. I may end up with an electric full suspension mountain bike, especially if they want to tax electric motorcycles.
Yes an additional tax for EV as there are no tax’s collected through gasoline at the pumps. This has been talked about since the start of EVs. I think it is speculation that at some point when EVs got wide spread enough this tax would be added. The reasoning is that roads and bridges still have to be produced and maintained and that owners on EVs would have to pay their fair share for the use and maintenance on the highways. I can see both sides of that future argument.
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