[opendtv] Re: EPA tightens up power specs for PCs

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 19:17:18 -0500

Tom Barry wrote:

> One suggestion for why the car companies may have helped kill
> the electric car was they had a good business going, servicing
> those complex mechanical engines that I tend to dislike.
> If this is true then you might thing the car companies would
> strongly prefer the hybrids which have both gas and electric
> propulsion to service. But I don't.

I don't take those conspiracy theories seriously, simply because it did
not TAKE a conspiracy to kill battery cars. The battery did that all by
itself. And besides, did anyone bother to calculate by how many times
the US electric grid would have to be multiplied if any significant
number of cars would become battery powered? It would be many times more
than we have now. Is anyone prepared for that?

I dislike hybrids quite a bit. They seem to offer the worst of both
worlds. Batteries, and still you have to deal with the internal
combustion engine. And the actual real-world fuel economy, if you check
that Tesla white paper or Car and Driver, is no better than diesel.

Interestingly, Car and Driver says that the Prius is more successful
than the Civic hybrid. Why? Because your neighbors will know how
wonderful you are if you own a Prius, but they'll not know with the much
more ordinary looking Honda hybrid unless they bother to read the small
print. Said another way, the Prius makes a more compelling fashion

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