The green car of today is the turbo-diesel. Now the current turbo-
diesels don't rattle and don't puff smoke. They don't have a large
amount of horsepower but they do have a large amount of torque and
that really better suits the way that we drive.
And so politicians and upper-economic-class-persons can show that they
are serious about concerns of global warming by buying the 2011
Mercedes-Benz E-350 BlueTEC tubo-diesel. Now this car is efficient for
one reason of being a sedan rather than an SUV because an SUV is just
pushing air. Then the car is efficient for the second reason of being
a turbo-diesel and getting a fuel mileage of 22/33 MPG. The weight of
the car is surprising at 234 pounds more than a standard E-350.
Another turbo-diesel is the 2011 VW Jetta TDI. And here the fuel
mileage is 30/42 MPG.
Not convinced ? Well, peak torque of these tubo-diesel cars occurs at
about 2500 RPM and that's an easy car to drive.
Listening to a local radio talk show.The talk show host guy said there
isn't enough electricity in the grid to keep those electric cars charged
up, most of that electricity has to come from fossil fuels.There is more
natural gas in the ground than we will ever use.Fed govt wants everybody
to buy efficent home appliances, but they want you to buy electric cars.
I believe the talk show host is right.
On 11/29/2010 8:51 AM, email@example.com wrote:
You're right that the infrastructure wasn't built to handle the power
requirements that will be needed for a nation of electric cars, then
again, when Ford came out with the Model T, there wasn't a whole bunch
of gas stations around either.
You're probably right that most of the electricity will initially have
to come from burning fossil fuels, however, it's probably more efficient
to go this route than to use fossil fuels to provide energy to refine
the gasoline then use more fossil fuels to move the gas to your
location. My guess is that you'd save a whole crapload of fossil fuel by
using it to turn electric motors rather than burning it in engines. In
the end, the sum total is what counts.
Personally, I could use a short range electric car today - the fact that
I can avoid having to ever go to a gas station again would be a big plus.
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