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The Lunar Rover couldn't be powerful enough in the 1960's to roll around on the moon and transmit all those TV pictures.
The fuel cells built for the Lunar Rover were not designed to be recharged; this was one massive advantage over the batteries used in today's electric cars. The battery chosen used a Silver Oxide - Zinc combination; 23 cells were connected in series to produce 36v. Two such batteries supplied 8kwh of power compared to 1.3kwh for a modern Toyota Pruis Hybrid; but that is designed to be recharged over and over, the Lunar Rover wasn't; it simply wasn't required.
The batteries powered the inertial navigation equipment as well as the four wheel motors. Three trips (EVAs) only consumed around 2kwh out of 8kwh; plenty in reserve for communications. Don’t forget the vehicle only weighed 35kg, add the two astronauts plus suits (14kg each suit). Maximum load was just 110kg even with collected moon samples. The Rover needn’t be anywhere near as powerful as an electric car on earth; they cannot be compared. Anyone doing so is ignoring these crucial points and again show how shallow their argument is.
Electric cars are not a new idea either. The world's first was built in 1895. So was the technology around by 1971? Yes! More detail in the revised book from 4th October 2018.