Re: 'charged to 80 per cent in just 25 minutes'
"it doesn't spill on the pavement, nor catches fire"
actually, electrical connections CAN catch fire if they corrode internally or are subjected to any kind of high current fault that exceeds the capability of the system to manage the surge [that includes the CAR, not just the thing you plug into it]. And don't EVEN get me started on the dangers of improperly charging batteries that contain Lithium...
And there's the chance of electrocuting yourself. What happens if some dim-bulb decides to take a KNIFE to the thing, or someone runs it over and it's cracked, and then the insulation falls off, etc.. Lots of potential here for mayhem.
and 25 minutes is WAY too long waiting for a "fillup". That's up to 8 songs on the radio! I can order and consume a whopper from Burger King in less than that amount of time. I can walk a mile in that amount of time. I can DRIVE >20 miles in that amount of time [on a normal day]. If I paid myself an hourly wage, it's close to half my hourly rate that I'm literally WASTING because of that. And having to do this TWICE AS OFTEN because I can only go "up to 185 miles" on a charge [less if only 80%] ??? No thanks!
I can imagine, on a HOT day with a traffic jam, all of the electric cars that have no means of charging themselves sitting there NOT moving because they ran out of juice, making the whole problem "that much worse".
thinking of that... who in their right mind did NOT consider a 5HP 'charge engine'? In normal city traffic, it could turn on/off like a hybrid. Except, of course, hybrid cars have to RUN (nearly) ALL OF THE TIME and 'keep warm' which wrecks your overall economy. If you ran the engine ONLY to charge the batteries and/or supplement on hills, you'd end up with much BETTER economy because gasoline engines are most efficient when running close to FULL POWER. Same with diesel. But environmental stupidity-regulations PREVENT us from doing THAT... "It pollutes too much when cold". So we run it MORE to keep it WARM. (yeah, that made sense)