Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I expected electric cars to be better by now

My sister just bought a new car, a Toyota Prius.  And that reminded me of one of my favorite episodes of Friends, the finale of season one.  They have a barbeque, Ross goes to China, Joey has a new girlfriend who makes gift baskets that he can't sleep with because he's also doing a sperm donor program, and most importantly Rachel finds out Ross loves her.  So what does any of this have to do with a Toyota Prius?

There's a scene where Rachel is on a date with an awful guy, and she keeps imagining Ross.  The guy won't shut up about Ed Begely Jr.'s electric car ads.  The audio in this clip sucks, but it was all I could find on youtube.

And that got me thinking, why aren't electric cars the norm by now?  That Friends episode was from 1995.  Compared to a lot of other things, non-gasoline powered car technology hasn't advanced very far in the past 17 years.

Here's my idea: I have a Citizen Eco-Drive watch that has a solar panel under the face.  The thing is ridiculously efficient; it only needs something like twenty minutes of sunlight in order to power itself for the next six months.  So why not just build a car that has the entire surface of it covered with the same magical technology that's in my watch?


1 comment:

  1. Yeah,its a major issue in the electric cars but companies are very curious for this issue and struggle to made better and better charging systems especially the Tesla motors.Nice work done on the blog,its very informative.However,if you want to check the Vin of your car so have a look on vehicle id number.


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