I am (slowly) recovering from the fact that the battery on my netbook has half-died - it won't charge beyond 49%, and a 'battery test' app from HP tells me one of the cells is done.
Less than two years into its life.
A replacement costs $167, so guess what? A new netbook is in the offing.
Why would I spend half the cost of an all-new, fully-warranted product just for a new battery?
Yes, it's a Lithium-Ion battery, the sort which:
(a) blew up in the Mac computer in the flat of a tenant of my daughter's, and almost burned the entire house to the ground;
(b) some car makers seem to feel will be a major source of automotive power in the near future.
Add to that the massive power outage in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, caused by overloaded circuits due, apparently, to heavy use of air conditioning during the heat wave.
So, if the Toronto electricity grid had, say, 35,000 electric cars plugged into it as well, what then?
OK, maybe most of them would be plugged in at night, and the a/c demand is mostly during the day.
But does no-one else have severe doubts about the ultimate capacity of our electrical infrastructure to support even a limited number of plug-in electric cars?
Or the ultimate cost-effectiveness/lifespan/safety issues of this technology?