Is perfect compromise an oxymoron? Let's face it, if you have the money to spend $35K on a compact car, you're doing it for your emotions not your pocketbook. I've driven a 2005 VW Jetta (gasoline) over 130K miles for less than $13K in fuel costs. Add that to my purchase price of $15.5K out the door, taxes, title and tags and I'm still $7K ahead of a Volt with ZERO miles driven. This doesn't make any cents. Someday, it might. For right now, the sales figures for EV's speak volumes.
Let's face it, the Chevy Volt is nearly a perfect compromise. I have a coworker that has a 20 mile each way commute. If he has to go visit customers, he charges at work so that he can make it home with no gas. Otherwise, his overnight charge is sufficient. If he decides to drive to LA, he can on a tank of gas the car takes regular gas. He's used 12 gallons of gas and driven 11K miles so far. The PGE hookup is dedicated and he pays less than a nickel/kw-hr. He is in an income bracket where he can afford the $35K price tag. He swapped this for his Mercedes and loves it.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.