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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Team Hemisphere Dancer wrote:
tyedyeskyguy wrote:


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What good is this going to be for a family of 5?


Well, four of you can carry it when it's dead and the fifth can tell you where to go.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:39 am Reply with quote Back to top

The problem with all of these "cars" is that my big 'ol gas-guzzling truck would squish them like a bug.


Oh yeah, good luck on repairs in 10 years.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:00 am Reply with quote Back to top

Team Hemisphere Dancer wrote:
tyedyeskyguy wrote:


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What good is this going to be for a family of 5?


They make larger models, even a delivey type van. This is just the base model, which is perfect for my family of three to get around town.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:02 am Reply with quote Back to top

rogheff wrote:
The problem with all of these "cars" is that my big 'ol gas-guzzling truck would squish them like a bug.


Oh yeah, good luck on repairs in 10 years.


In 10 years, the money I'll save on NEVER needing gas, will pay for a new car all together if it breaks!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:10 pm Reply with quote Back to top

How do I get these things out of my tire treads? Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:14 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Don't get me wrong here, I LIKE the idea of a pollution free car. I like the idea of an electric car. Until it is as convenient (and reliable) as a gas powered vehicle, there's no real market.

I think the parts and repairs issue is a valid one. I have a 92 Dodge Dakota. They made - what 450,857,211.5 of these things. I can't find parts.

Where are you gonna find parts for one of these electric creatures in 10 years? True, you can save money on gas. Are you going to throw it way though?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

rogheff wrote:
Don't get me wrong here, I LIKE the idea of a pollution free car. I like the idea of an electric car. Until it is as convenient (and reliable) as a gas powered vehicle, there's no real market.

I think the parts and repairs issue is a valid one. I have a 92 Dodge Dakota. They made - what 450,857,211.5 of these things. I can't find parts.

Where are you gonna find parts for one of these electric creatures in 10 years? True, you can save money on gas. Are you going to throw it way though?


I see your point and I raise you, your own quote.
rogheff wrote:
I have a 92 Dodge Dakota. They made - what 450,857,211.5 of these things. I can't find parts.
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Believe me. I'd rather be driving a Mercedes AMG55 with a v12, it's just not practical, affordable, nor environmentally sound. Now, the new Porsche turbo, that's another story. If you are driving that in LA, New York, Bombay, Tokyo, Beijing etc... The emissions from the tailpipe are CLEANER than the air going in the cars intake! Ferrari's 512 is similar, but not quite that good. Shocked

So I pose the question. If they can do it, why can't we???
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:50 pm Reply with quote Back to top

2_Stand wrote:
Some numbers: 35mi/charge, 8 hrs/recharge, 25 mph max, $12.7K list.


at that rate, it would take me 20 hours to make a round trip to Appleton Shocked Shocked

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cheezehead
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:59 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Awhile back there was a story of a guy who made his car run on water. I think his car was like a 10 year old bmw or something like that. It had a top speed of like 50 mph and the only byproduct was water vapor. He had submitted his idea to all the major car companies, but only 1 showed any interest.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:27 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I remember hearing years ago of a guy, back in the '70s maybe, that all he would do is screw around with a carburator. Tweaking here and tweaking there, and eventually had one that would give over 100 mpg. The story goes that the oil companies bought the patent and buried it so it would never make it to market. True or not? I have no idea. I just remember hearing that.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

rogheff wrote:
Where are you gonna find parts for one of these electric creatures in 10 years?


I'm not an engineer, but I believe most of the parts of our current automobiles are involved with the internal hydrocarbon combustion engine. Converting electricity to mechanical energy is far less involved.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

You guys are funny!

We all know that one Mr. Maxwell Zingfried, the head of the secret organization that controls the entire world's oil supply, Delforence Ignatious Norbando Gilbrao Bellthower Agatatha Teronis, or DINGBAT for short, will never allow the switch from oil to electricity.

Mr. Zingfried controls all the patents on the electrical vehicles - has for years. wink

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