The WSJ car guy is quite taken with the new Tesla Model S:
The Model S—indeed, high-performance electric vehicles in general—will take some getting used to, even a new vocabulary. We currently don't have a good term for EVs' distinctive concentration of mass, with batteries slung low as possible and centroid to the vehicle. While traction batteries are heavy, and mass is bad for acceleration and agility, the lower center-of-gravity often compensates with higher levels of cornering, especially when a car wears rubber like the Signature Performance edition's sticky 21-inch summer tires. How about "corner-levering mass"?Isn't it interesting that it took a new car company to do this?
General thoughts: The base model is not that expensive. I'll bet my current car is my last internal combustion engine. It's bearish for oil. The post-collapse world imagined by Kunstler is not going to happen. At least if you are already fantastically rich, it's possible to be a groundbreaking entrepreneur. This plus thorium power plus autopilot for cars means the marginal cost of transportation for goods and people falls to nearly zero. What will that world look like? Stores come to you... most retail especially bigbox is obsolete. What if retailers or other consumer destinations offer you a free charge for visiting?
Millions of electric vehicles charging at night means grid energy storage ("vehicle to grid"). Whenever not driving, EVs can sell the electricity from the battery during peak loads and charge during off-peak. Does that mean the price of power will be the same all the time? Someone has already coined the term "carbitrage" to describe selling back energy from the EV battery.
P.S. Guess who makes the batteries? The "more than 7,000 Panasonic nickel-cathode lithium-ion 18650 cells are warrantied for eight years and 100,000, 125,000 or unlimited miles, depending on pack size."