mdbuilder wrote:... a loan guarantee? What chance is it the loan will ever get paid back...
I agree with you, as the only business case I've seen that makes sense is sponsorship by, e.g., a shopping center - which I guess would fall into the realm of marketing/advertising expense.
Higher power: for BEV/PHEV trucks? Present large truck stops already have the infrastructure.
As an aside, the few gas-station DCQC locations I have gone to have STUNK - having weened myself off gas and diesel, I now find myself really sensitive to those carcinogenic fumes, especially outside of California (California gas station fueling nozzles have vapor-recovery).
Re: charging rate: during our cross-country Tesla trip, I often wished that I could dial-down
the DCQC charging rate (to reduce the hit on the battery) as almost always the car was ready to go before we were; nevertheless, there are times when bigger and faster is better, especially when there is a queue waiting to charge."Another interesting part of the initiative is the Battery500 research consortium led by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which will receive up to $10 million per year for five years to develop a cheaper, lighter and more powerful battery."
Sounds like a boondoggle to me - isn't Tesla doing that on their own (with Panasonic)?