Telsa Model 3 acceleration, I think once your blown away numerous V8's, the lack of the growl sound will a mere shadow of a memory.
There is a stong and ongoing misconception that petrol prices will continue to rise, when in reality over the longer term petrol prices have failed to keep up with inflation without factoring in decreasing fuel consumption per km and the days of $100/barrel are unlikely to be repeated within next 10-20 years if ever according to my industry sources. The previous high prices were on the back of non-sustainable production gaps, not limitations in oil well supply. Standard fuel cars are dropping in fuel consumption by at least around 10% per decade, often more and aligned with other major liquid hydro carbon users such as planes.
The ME is not worried but acknowledges the fact that per capita, the developed world is using less liquid hydro-carbons YoY, but relying on the fact the very large populated developing and emerging economies will fill any voids in demand.
Hybrids have killed LPG. In Dubai a Camry Taxi pulls 600km to a tank, but Hybrid does 1000km on Dubai's mostly highway style roads. The Plug in hybrids have a larger battery (I think) and in Sri Lanka where we stayed the Manager was using a Plug in Hybrid to to drivea Mitsubishi 4x4 too from work, charging at both ends. But it was about 5-10km drive I think, meanwhile is petrol/diesel tank needed filling about once a month.
To maximise regen braking in hybrids and EV's such as Tesla drivers are encouraged to by manufacturer to avoid hard braking unless required and focus on coasting braking. Which is what I have to do in hilly areas to stop my wife covering the dashboard with vomit.
Price of EV battery, this is why Tesla has built and extending battery manufacturing lines in its Gigga Factory as Musk knows to sell more cars he needs to control and reduce the cost of the battery, which is plus 1/3 the value of his Model 3.
Mike, I think in another thread we discussed actual Model 3 price in Aussie Dollars and generally this is a reflection of RE anything in that its still expensive compared to fossil fuel in most cases. Tesla however changed the way people look at EV's and made them cook as the video link above shows. Still its not a economic decision to buy, its emotional.
Agree that the EV's tend to be appliance like in appearance and I know a few people who have said this was a road block for them to buy an X or S model and certainly for me to even consider a Model 3. The X however would look quite nice in my garage, but not my bank account. I think this is the challenge for the govts, they can mandate RE in power generation, but one of the bigger emitters is personal transport and for much of the world's car buyers, handing over that big wad of cash is to buy something that they feel good about buying and being seen in. Again most personal cars are bought on emotion, not economics although it may set an upper limit of what they actually buy.
Charging an EV on home solar
I'm guessing Snicklbird has a 3.5kW PV solar system or a 5kW but with limited battery storage. Something to consider if you have a 500km round trip in your mid sized EV of the future with a small trailer behind it. Assuming battery had the range. You would need a 12-15kW PV solar system just for your car to recharge in one day.
Something to consider,
Australia has 18m car and light trucks, growing at 2%pa. Assume 50% go EV over next 20 years. So about 13m EV's in 20 years.
Average distance driven is 15,000kmpa each. Roughly 1.5km per kW, or 10,000kW pa per vehicle.
= 10,000 x 13m cars = on average 15GW of battery recharging per hour, every hour of the day, mostly at night.
Now the current total Australian Grid generation varies from 20 to 30GW. So the generation needs to increase by around 50% and noting most vehicles will be charging at night.