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Old 03-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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So? What does your car do when you're sleeping? Go out to the movies without you?
Well, it and all of the other gasoline cars aren't fueling up at the same gas station.

As I've always said, I'll welcome electric vehicles whole-heartedly when:

1) They're practical.
2) They're competitively priced without government subsidies.
3) There's an electrical grid to support them.

If we're counting on harvesting the toejam algae from unicorn hooves, it ain't gonna work.

You've said you support nuclear, so make sure you loudly defend it when speaking to your liberal friends and posting on liberal blogs. We're thirty years behind because of China Syndrome hysterics, so let's make up lost time. I'd love a world with nuke plants powering electric vehicles. I'm just a tad gunshy from a lifetime of EV vaporware and enthusiastic unreality.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:05 PM   #12
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That new battery may have great numbers, but it is probably a long way from practical application in an automobile. Packaging, safety, endurance, performance, etc. can make an otherwise promising technology a 'non-starter' (sorry!) in a passenger vehicle.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:19 AM   #13
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You've said you support nuclear, so make sure you loudly defend it when speaking to your liberal friends and posting on liberal blogs. We're thirty years behind because of China Syndrome hysterics, so let's make up lost time. I'd love a world with nuke plants powering electric vehicles. I'm just a tad gunshy from a lifetime of EV vaporware and enthusiastic unreality.
I do support nuclear, but more importantly, I support exploring and researching a variety of alternatives. I don't see our energy possibilities as an "either-or" equation, as it appears some of my associates here do.

Almost every house in my neighborhood has at least 2 cars; one for Dad, one form Mom. Why couldn't one be a gas vehicle and the other an E-car? Even with only an 80-mile range, I could drive a Leaf to work and back every day and still have 1/2 the range remaining. Put one of the new Envia batteries in it with 300 mile range, and you've just covered virtually ALL my driving scenarios barring a 1-time vacation type of event.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:06 AM   #14
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Even with only an 80-mile range, I could drive a Leaf to work and back every day and still have 1/2 the range remaining.
Cool. Let us know how it works out.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:11 AM   #15
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Cool. Let us know how it works out.
A friend of mine just bought a new Leaf - it's actually quite a nice car. WAY more upscale than the Prius my sis-in-law drives.

Oh - did I tell y'all: my crapbox was Totalled @ the beginning of the year, so I've been drivin' the Gas Guzzling Bullitt lately. Most tanks are in the 24-25mpg range, but I got 26.3 yesterday when I filled-up, and thought "what the Hey - let's see what I can get Hypermiling". Currently, my average (which is about 1.5-2 mpg optimistic) shows 30.3mpg w/82 miles on this tank.

I cannot help but think, if there weren't so dang many hills and curves, and all the small speedtra... erm, "towns" I have to drive through, it would be higher. But, I have to say it's not nearly as much "fun" not to drive like a Hoonigan....
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:17 PM   #16
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A friend of mine just bought a new Leaf - it's actually quite a nice car. WAY more upscale than the Prius my sis-in-law drives.

Oh - did I tell y'all: my crapbox was Totalled @ the beginning of the year, so I've been drivin' the Gas Guzzling Bullitt lately. Most tanks are in the 24-25mpg range, but I got 26.3 yesterday when I filled-up, and thought "what the Hey - let's see what I can get Hypermiling". Currently, my average (which is about 1.5-2 mpg optimistic) shows 30.3mpg w/82 miles on this tank.

I cannot help but think, if there weren't so dang many hills and curves, and all the small speedtra... erm, "towns" I have to drive through, it would be higher. But, I have to say it's not nearly as much "fun" not to drive like a Hoonigan....
That mileage is amazing. Day to day driving my Mini only gets 28-30. It does a lot better on the highway; 35 or so, but still, if Ford is getting high 20's from a V-8, I'm impressed. Sure beats the 12 mpg the last Ford I drove (company car) got.
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Cool. Let us know how it works out.
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Ken is a Theoretical Environmentalist.
My "Cool. Let us know how it works out" is like when a muttering street person tells you about the space aliens in the government, and you say, "Thanks, I'll keep my eyes peeled."
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