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ClearPresentDanger Donating Member (139 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:38 AM
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Electric Car Rant
Electric Car Rant

We can build perfectly adequate electric cars with lead acid batteries. I have seen them with my own eyes. If I hear that people won't accept a car that goes less far than one with a full tank my head will explode.

First off, when you geniuses bankrupt your own companies you by definition don't know what the hell you are doing. Now that we're bailing your incompetent asses out, grab a big steaming cup of humility and a big steaming plate of gratitude. Then stop counting your money--the bank does that for you--and start building electric cars.

So what if they go 40 miles on a charge? I have an above room temperature IQ so I can organize my trips to fit within the limit. Humans are naturally good at allocating resources, we've been doing it since before cave man days. Whether it's firewood or berries or minutes spent eating lice off the dominant males fur, we have a natural skill for keeping track of the right amount.

Say, Mr. Genius auto executive, did you know you could eat an apple any day of the year in 1776 right here in America? That's because those simple farmers knew not only how to plant different varieties, they *bred* different varieties of apples. Between early ripeners, late ripeners, and good keepers the simple farmer could always have his apple a day.

So don't tell us we don't know what we want. We know what we fucking want.

Mr. Genius auto executive, don't give me the bullshit about how you can't predict gas prices. I'm not a genius auto executive, but I know what gas costs and always will cost: too much, and getting more expensive because it's running out. I'll take my consulting fee in stock options please. I'd be fucking rich if I got even one one thousandth of what you got.

In conclusion, I leave you with the same direction Patrick McGoohan gave in 'Ice Station Zebra':

"Put another torpedo in the tube, blow a hole in the ice and GET ME THERE!"
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Curtland1015 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:43 AM
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1. The thing is, we'll eventually run out of oil anyway.
Then we'll have no CHOICE but to use electric (or hydrogen) cars! Either way, we win!

Except of course for all the poor countries of the world that need oil for energy. They're screwed.

But who cares about them! I love driving my car!!!

:sarcasm:
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Mopar151 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:34 PM
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2. Why don't you have one now?
Did your head explode? Look, an electric car guy explained it to me not to long ago " 1500# of lead-acid batteries equals a gallon of gas." There are DIY's around, like the kit-build version of this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solectria_Sunrise
'Course, I used to work with the engineering team that built the Sunrise composites, and they had little good to say about electrics - maybe that influences my attitude about 'em. or maybe it's hearing about the $4000 battery "routine replacement" on a Civic Hybrid.
So, you want an electric bad? Get your ass to work and build one, or hustle enough dough for a Tesla. In today's market, sufficent demand will get anything built - but you gotta put up the cash$$$$$$.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:47 PM
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3. I keep wondering
How do apartment dwellers with unsecured or street side parking do electrics? Or people without Garages? Or people with a single car garage, and multiple cars?
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:03 PM
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4. I had the same question.
Maybe we're supposed to take the battery out and bring it inside for charging. It'd be a bitch though to reinstall in the car if it were raining.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:10 PM
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5. How much does it add to your electric bill?
And what about people who dont have a garage or place to plug in securely? I like my hybrid cause I live in an apartment and dont have to worry about that. And its only 20 bucks every 2 weeks to fill up.
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