Why haven't automakers brought the charging from a grid technology to market? Afraid of change? Or reliability concerns? There must be a reason. I'm sure I haven't read all on the topic since there are so many links on calcars.org. As an aspiring mechanical engineer I am very interested on this topic.
We don't have to sit around waiting to see if it takes the auto industry 10 or 20 years to come around with affordable fuel-cell cars. Right now, with existing technology, we could have much better and much cleaner cars. And we could reduce the greenhouse gases from cars far more than anyone imagines possible. At the California Cars Initiative (http://www.calcars.org) we're showing one example: adding batteries and the ability to recharge from the grid turns a Prius into a 100+ MPG car. Adding biofuels to that gives you that car you've been hearing about in Newsweek and elsewhere that's 500 MPG of gasoline (the rest of the power is from cleaner, cheaper electricity and from sources like cellulose ethanol. We can start with existing technology -- I think this is an appropriate subject for discussion at a forward-looking venue like CNET --
Felix Kramer, CalCars.org founder