Friday, October 22, 2010

BP (NYSE:BP) and Electric Car Chargers a Waste of Time

In an attempt to appease radical environmentalists, BP (NYSE:BP) ignorantly has decided to put electric car charges in 45 of its BP and ARCO stations.

One thing BP needs to learn is this is a form of extortion and once they do it, the environmentalists will continue to attack the company because of their warped ideology.

This is a belief system by many extreme environmentalists, and not just a concern about conservation and responsibility.

What a waste of money in reference to electric cars and chargers, which is nothing more than throwing money down a whole.

BP is partaking in what is called ECOtality's EV Project, which has a goal of have 15,000 of ECOtality's Blink electric vehicle DC Fast Chargers installed across six states eventually.

BP spokesman Kevin Phelan, vice president of sales and marketing for BP, said, "We understand the importance of finding future energy solutions and this pilot allows us to test EV charging technology, gather real-world data and learn about how motorists use and charge electric vehicles."


  1. How on earth are electric vehicles a solution to anything? In both Europe and the States we face a shortage of generational output after 2017. If a sizeable fraction of our road fleet is dependent upon generated electricity then this situation is going to become worse, not better.
    Oh, and woe betide anyone living in a country not blessed with a Southern Californian climate, such as Canada, Sweden, Scotland, Norway....Where do you think the warmth coming out of your car heater is going to come from? Yours will be the choice; twenty more driving miles or an extra pair of longjohns.
    You're joining the wrong bandwagon, BP.

  2. The yellow and purple Audi A2 car took around seven hours to complete the 600-kilometre (372-mile) stretch, even had the heating on.

    Driver Mirko Hannemann, the chief of DBM Energy, drove the distance at 90 km/h (55 miles per hour) on average, had the heat on and was able to whisk around a few more miles in the city. When the A2 electric finished, it still had 18% of the initial electric charge in the battery.
    It has a lithium-metal-polymer battery. DBM Energy, the company that built the battery and electric motors into the Audi A2, said the battery would function for 500,000 kilometres.
    A representative of the car said the Audi still featured all the usual creature comforts such as power steering, air-conditioning and even heated seats as well, so it was not like the car was especially made for long distance record attempts
    The German engineers said their car was special because the battery was not installed inside the luggage area, but under the luggage area, meaning the full interior space of the car was still available
    The battery, based on what DBM Energy calls the KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer Technology, comes with 97 percent efficiency and can be charged at virtually every socket. Plugged into a high-voltage direct-current source, the battery can be fully loaded within 6 minutes

    The young inventor couldn't give an exact price for his battery -- he said that was dependent on scaling effects -- but vowed it wouldn't just be more powerful, but in the end also cheaper than conventional lithium ion batteries.

    What's more important, the technology which made the trip possible is available today.
    German Economics Minister Rainer Bruederle, who subsidized the drive, said it showed electric cars are not utopian but really work.