TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding Larry P. Vellequette's "It's time to rethink EV range" (autonews.com, April 20): Battery trailers to eliminate range anxiety while reducing the load of "bricks," or batteries, in the car? Why do we over-complicate matters when it comes to solutions?
Vellequette was correct in all his statements, but why have a trailer? He was 100 percent accurate that adding a trailer is an accident not waiting to, but going to happen. It would involve educating several generations of drivers on how to reverse with a trailer.
Add the networks as suggested, but make the batteries quick and easy to remove and replace.
Cross-manufacturer product development consistency would be an easier remedy. Sounds simple until you realize that the battery, just like the individual vehicle and combustion engines of today, contributes to vehicle uniqueness, and just putting any old battery into a car will never be supported by the automakers.
One thing that's consistent: Cars are the ultimate expression of freedom, in its simplest form. Market forces, innovation and consumer preferences will shape the future, be that for better or worse. Twenty years ago, many of us didn't have a cellphone, but we all had phones in our homes. Today?
The vehicle buyer is a strange beast. You can either please all of the people some of the time or some of the people all of the time.
It's one way or the other, but forcing a change?
ANTHONY BRACEWELL,Vice president of sales, Bondtex Inc. Greer, S.C., Bondtex provides flame lamination and adhesive lamination bonding of polyurethane foams to interior trim materials.