Sure sounds like envy to me.. You prefer a small cramped goofy
looking little car to a large roomy, safe, BIG car? Seems to me
people laugh when they see someone driving a goofy looking car
for which the owner paid a premium price that would buy ALL of
the gas for a Corolla for three or four years and will need
$4,000 worth the batteries when it is that old. LOL
Isaiah Beard wrote:
its only "safe" to the person driving it.
The Accord Hybrid looks pretty good, give it another decade or 2 and
gasoline engines will be completely obsolete, if GM wishes to still be in
business then, they better get into gear and stop building gas guzzlers and
start putting out some real hybrid technology, they were on the right track
with the Evo1, but decided to dump the project. Maybe the execs have stock
in oil companies?
You need to look at Chevy's website. They offer a hybrid full-sized pick-up
with regenerative braking and an on-board generator for external power. The
EV1 wasn't a hybrid, it was all-electric, and while the Toyota and Honda
offerings are cute they just aren't the vehicles I'd be looking for out on a
construction site or in the parking lot of a fire station. Sounds like GM's
got the jump on you.
Now if they'd only bring back a retro-1970 El Camino with an extended cab
with reverse opening back doors and a hybrid motor like their pick-up then
I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Red, make mine red.
Cheers - Jonathan
I saw the hybrid truck at the auto show late last year, the extra 2 mpg
didn't impress me.
Never said the EV1 was a hybrid, they were on the right track with it
though, no gasoline motor, of course 1980's battery and motor technology is
what nerfed the project.
Fundamental flaw in your logic: You say in another decade or 2 gasoline
engines will be completely obsolete. I don't know if you've looked under the
hood of a hybrid lately, but they use gasoline engines, and are still
dependant on oil. Hybrids aren't the long term solution, at best they are a
stop gap measure.
its a step in the right direction however, until they can get electric motor
and battery technology into a realistic size weight and price range, hybrids
are good to wean people off gas. A gasoline only engine will probably be
obsolete in 10 years, in 10 years I hope the hybrids they are making 5 years
from now are still on the road running strong.
And the energy to charge your electric car will come from where? Most likely
some type of fossil fuel. Unless they invent cold fusion in the next 10
years, or come out with some other amazing breakthrough in energy.
Not everyone, the rest of the world in not afraid of nuclear
power, only in the US is it feared. The primarily reason is
because they do not understand the vast advantages of nuclear
power for the production of electricity, I suppose. The
environuts have done a good job of vilifying it in the US
I will also agree with you to a point, but even taking into account the laws
of physics in the past 20 years I have been in Fire Rescue I've seen far
more fatalities in the Toyota vs. Honda type example you cite than in any of
the full-size truck vs. full-size truck type accidents. And since
full-sized trucks are the top sellers and make up a very large percentage of
vehicles on the road, then it says something when I can see a difference
over the years. Whether it's what I know or what I believe, I'll put more
faith in what personal experience and eyewitness accounts tell me more than
some misleading crash test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway
Additionally, ALL cars and trucks are a waste of resources, Hondas and
Toyotas included. Personal transport is a myth perpetuated by the fact that
nobody wants to take the time or spend the money to establish a universally
convenient public transportation system that could take their place. But
then again, they also promised us flying cars and moving sidewalks, and I
haven't seen those yet either.
Cheers - Jonathan
You are absolutely correct. How many millions upon millions of miles do big
rigs drive every year and yet when we see on the news a headline like "Semi
involved in multi-car accident" the driver of the semi gets released on the
scene without injuries, but we end up removing the persons in the passenger
vehicles with a putty knife and a shop vac.
There is, however, a distinct limit to my budget - a point where I have to
balance even something as important as my personal safety with how much I
can afford, and believe me an 18-wheeler is just a little bit outside my
financial reach right now. Looks like I'll have to stick with a pick-up
Cheers - Jonathan
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