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Letter: The future of electric cars

Obviously, the government will find a way to tax the electric car. This should be no surprise to anyone.

If we want to drive on highways, we are going to have to pay for them. As to the rest of the letter by Norm Baker (Jan. 8 Public Forum), I have to take exception. Fifteen days to cross the country? I assume he's going to be charging the car at 110V at hotels every 100 miles? Level two chargers are already out there and on their way to a location near you. It just takes time before they become ubiquitous. Stores and restaurants are getting ahead of the game by installing them now in some states. Further, a level 3 charger will charge the battery to 80 percent in 20 minutes.

I bet when Henry Ford started his assembly line there were people concerned about where they would buy their gas too. Also keep in mind also that Argonne labs recently licensed technology that will allow great power storage, faster charging and greater longevity from the battery than exists now. This is all new technology and is in a state of flux.

Finally, as to these vehicles being recommended for commuters with less than 50 miles commutes: Sure they are, but since the average U.S. household has 2.28 cars, I don't see this is much of an issue either. I can't wait to get mine as a local runabout car. After all, ICE engines use more gas when cold than at any other time, thus those three-mile jaunts to town burn twice the fuel per mile as the car normally would.

Finally, I work on drilling rigs. We drill routinely in over a mile of water and new rigs are designed to drill in two miles of water. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why oil is getting scarce. We either address the problem now, or wake up to the day when only the rich can afford a car. Henry Ford would roll over in his grave.

John Ratcliffe

Tuftonboro, N.H.