Plenty of issues to work out in EV switch

Re “Up to $1,500 off: California rolls out a new incentive program for clean cars” (Nov. 17):Can anyone tell me what will happen to all these batteries 5 to 10 years from now when they need to be replaced? Also, where will all the electricity come from to recharge all these cars when everyone is driving them? It won’t be practical to long distance drive because of limited range so how can we travel back east if we want?

David Powell
Mira Mesa

As an owner of a 2013 Nissan Leaf all electric car I have been interested in your recent articles about GM and Ford investing in electric vehicles (EV).

But I wonder who is investing in charging stations for these EVs? My EV will allow it to be plugged and recharged on 110 Volts, 220 Volts or 440 Volts. My older model has a fully recharged range of about 65 miles. By using 220 Volts it will be completely recharged in about one and half hours. At 440 Volts it will recharge in about 10 minutes. About the same time, it takes to add 30 gallons of gas to a conventional car.

The problem is finding 440 Volt stations. Until two years ago there were a few, which have gone off line and are no longer working.

It seems like this is a very important issue as EV’s are being developed!

Lyle Predmore
Linda Vista

Re “Up to $1,500 off: California rolls out a new incentive program for clean cars” (Nov. 17): If you are at all concerned about moving forward correctly on climate change, it would be wise for the U-T to note that the “politically correct” solutions — solar and wind — are not a viable solution. The same is true for the proposed vision by Gov. Gavin Newsom about electric powered vehicles. See “The dirty secrets of ‘clean’ electric vehicles,” (Aug 20, Forbes).

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It’s time we recognized that solar and wind can, at best, be a partial solution to our energy needs. The best long-term solutions for climate change are the nuclear options such as molten salt reactors. These options are not new science but do require the completion of engineering work to deal with materials and processes.

Among the alternatives, there are options that combine safe operation with substantially eliminating the issue of nuclear waste disposal.

We need federal funding for these programs to accelerate completion of remaining engineering work.

Chuck Bohle

San Diego



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