Archive for the ‘Electric Cars’ Category

Dear Tesla Motors, Please Hurry!

December 18, 2009

http://www.teslamotors.com/

I think since they’ve already delivered 600 of these $109,000 cars they should have enough money to start building the next model.  The model S they call it.  It has four doors and longer range for half the price.  Hopefully the third model will be even less expensive and have better range and the fourth model will be even better than that.  Eventually they will have trucks and vans and everything else.   I wish they would hurry because they will basically save the world with all electric cars.  If we charge them with solar panels, windmills, hydro, or geothermal then the pollution we are pumping into our kids’ lungs will be less.  Save the world, Tesla Motors, but please hurry!

Toyota RAV4-EV Secrets

February 10, 2009

Toyota made a vastly superior all-electric car back in 2000-2002 called the RAV4-EV. General Motors is about to release the Chevy Volt in 2011. GM claims that 40 miles of all electric only driving is the best they can do with the batteries they are using before the small gas generator starts up to power the electric motor. This is with new technology Lithium Ion batteries from LG. Why is GM going with these batteries when they could be using the Nickel Metal Hydride batteries Toyota used in the RAV4-EV? These batteries can take the RAV4-EV over 100 MILES on a single charge. This is even AFTER 100,000 MILES OF USE. Lithium Ion batteries can only hope to last that long before losing some of their capacity or needing to be replaced altogether. Would someone please let me know why GM is sabotaging the Chevy Volt in this way? Here is a video to get you started on how awesome the RAV4-EV is, how it’s charged by the owner’s solar panels on his house, and how Toyota can make a car vastly superior to the Chevy Volt today:

Hurry and comment on the ZEV2008 Mandate!

August 11, 2008

Before it’s too late!  Go here:http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bcsubform.php?listname=zev2008&comm_period=1

Put in your comments to the board and tell them we NEED the 2008 zero emission vehicle (electric vehicle) mandate.  It’s up to Americans to take responsibility for the future.  Tell the lawmakers not to wait until the oil runs out to suddenly change over to all electric cars in a panic.  It is a much better idea to change over slowly and a little at a time.  Here is my comment I sent earlier today:

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Comment 2483 for zev2008 (15-1).

Subject: We NEED Electric Vehicles

Comment:

It has gone beyond something a few people just want to something

America needs to survive. It’s time to face the facts. The earth

will eventually run out of oil. Why base anything – much less your

entire economy – on something that will run out? It would be very

easy to pass laws similar to the ZEV2008 that would help Americans

afford to install solar PV panels or even thin film PV shingles on

their roofs to fuel their EV cars and trucks as well as their

homes. If we don’t start changing our transportation over to

electric drive soon, we won’t have time to change over once the

oil has run out. It would be A LOT cheaper to do the change over

slowly and a little at a time rather than in a panic once we find

out there is no more oil to get. Instead of trying to make

synthetic oil to use to make gasoline and diesel why not just

convert over to all electric powered by the sun and wind? It

would be cleaner, quieter, and better for consumers since they

won’t need oil changes, tune ups, and unnecessary trips to get

other repairs internal combustion engines are known for. If you

don’t pass the ZEV2008 you will go into the history books as the

reason why America’s future failed. If you DO pass the ZEV2008

you will go into the history books as a hero – actually the savior

– of America’s future. Thank you for reading my comment and I hope

you take what I’ve said to heart.

ExxonMobil Posts Record Profits AGAIN

July 31, 2008
Big Oil

Big Oil

Money Beat

It’s not that I don’t like companies that actually make money for their shareholders, but I think the line has been crossed in this case.  People are having to drive less and pay more for everything like food and basic necessities.  There has to be some sort of middle ground between the oil companies making record profits and the average American being able to have extra income to spend on things other than the basics.

I think I say it best in my comment on the linked ABC blog above:
The problem has always been the lack of consumer choice. When we buy a car or truck we have only once choice of fuel type: gasoline created from oil. We are just now in 2008 starting to see Flex Fuel (TM) vehicles that can use domestic ethanol E85 fuel. There needs to be more than two choices. There should be electric cars that I can charge with solar panels on the roof of my house. After 5-10 years the fuel would essentially be free after saving the money I would be spending on gasoline and power from the grid. I say let the oil companies do whatever they want to do to help their shareholders, but they need to let go of their semi-monopoly on our transportation. There wouldn’t be so many grassroots electric vehicle conversions going on if automakers in the US like General Motors would just have kept their EV1 going instead of recalling and shredding them to pieces. Anyone who reads this needs to watch the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” just to have the information out there. If GM would have kept the EV1 going, and put more out there on the road then the invisible hand would have put incentive out there for the battery companies to make better batteries, etc. Since the EV1 came out in the 90’s then by now we would have the EV2 or EV3 with better range and a lower price just from economies of scale.

Impact of GM Destroying the EV1

July 30, 2008

Impact of GM Destroying the EV1 – Seeking Alpha

I don’t think I could have made a better comment than this person’s:
“…for all the money the US has wasted in Iraq, it could have instead bought 100,000,000 hybrid
vehicles to replace US citizens’ gas-guzzling SUVs. Obviously this
would have not only been a much wiser use of US taxpayer money, but
would have cut foreign oil dependency, helped to clean up the
Earth’s atmosphere, saved many lives, and perhaps have rescued the
faltering US economy and currency from its current oil-dependent
death spiral.”
Just imagine if GM had NOT killed the EV1?  My wife and I both would be driving one.  By now the battery technology would be at least double if not triple the capacity since so many would be on the streets it would behoove battery companies to be the supplier.  General Motors would instead be the greatest American hero (not the TV show) instead of the faltering, bankrupt, money and job loser it is.

Now it seems that it’s up to Tesla Motors to do what GM could have already been doing for the past 15 years.  They are going to be an all electric car company that sells only 100% electric cars.  Right now they only have the one sportscar model to choose from.  But, the customers that buy these models are helping to pay for the techonolgy and tooling required to drive down costs of the next models (see paragraph five and six) through economies of scale.  I can’t afford the Tesla Roadster but I do want to help them get their next model out as soon as possible.  So I bought this T-Shirt.  You can help them out too by visiting their store and buying something as well.  Come on Tesla Motors, hurry up the cakes!  There’s no reason why we shouldn’t all be driving electric cars fueled solely on FREE energy from solar panels on our rooftops.  No reason.

We Invaded Iraq for their Oil

April 14, 2008

For all the skeptics here is proof: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D90148180.htm
Monica told me that we invaded for their oil from the very first discussion about it. There really is no war going on. We simply invaded the sovereign country of Iraq and told them their best bet would be to sell their oil to the highest bidder. I understand this is a free market and everyone should get the most out of their resources but at what cost to others? America will probably sink under the financial trouble the Iraq invasion has cost and IS STILL COSTING us with money and lives. Anyone who still believes we are fighting terrorists in Iraq have been nicely brainwashed by the “system”. I feel a bit like Morpheus from The Matrix telling everyone that they need to wake up and see the truth. The truth in this case is not that humans have been turned into power sources for the machines, but that our government has been usurped by the rich and powerful who’s only goals are to be even more rich and powerful. While everyone else is paying closer to $4 per gallon of gas, I am going to do more to help support www.pluginamerica.com and their ideas for a sustainable and CLEANER future with electric transportation fueled by energy created here in the USA or with solar converters on the rooftops of buildings and the car itself. If anyone has a better idea for a more sustainable and completely clean future of transportation than Plug In America’s please leave me a comment and explain it.

Plug In America – Promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America

March 10, 2008

Plug In America – Promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America

It’s time America wakes up to the fact that we will eventually run out of oil and that gas prices will only get higher from now on.  We will never see less than a dollar for a gallon of gas again.  So we need those powers that be and the rich business types that actually run the USA to start investing in solar and battery/energy storage technology and research.  The best possible future we can set for the generations of homo sapiens to come would be to set up a massive solar infrastructure using the cheapest solar cells and solar heating units on as many rooftops and other areas where the sunlight is being wasted and not being captured in some way (heat or electricity).  There is enough energy hitting the dessert area of the Southwestern USA every day to generate ten times the entire US’s TOTAL generation today from all types (nuclear, hydro, coal, etc.) and still have leftovers to store for the night.   Electric cars have more torque than gas engines do from zero RPM and have two to three times the efficiency since there are only three to five moving parts (compared to the many hundreds of parts that need to be replaced/maintained or the entire engine fails).  There really is no reason for the US automakers to not shift their entire fleets over to 100% electric with some sort of range extending option like a small gas motor that only turns a generator to restore power to the batteries that you would only use once or twice a year when you go more than 250 miles in one day.  I don’t see why people have to be so greedy and thoughtless so as to not care about the future generations that will have to deal with the coming oil crisis.  It can be solved RIGHT NOW with technology we’ve had SINCE the 90’s.  People are stupid and greedy and don’t care.

On a side note, Tesla Motors delivered their first production car off the assembly line this past week.  They already have the funding lined up to start developing prototypes of their 100% electric sedan code named “Whitestar”.  I can’t wait to see if we can afford it!  I’m so ready for an electric car I can taste it (it tastes like it does when you touch a 9V battery to your tongue).

Aptera – My next car

January 18, 2008

Get more looks than a $100k sportscar!Aptera

I think I may trade in the BMW for this car. It comes in two choices of drive train: 1. All electric plug-in and 2. Gasoline electric plug-in series hybrid. In both cases the back wheel is driven only by an electric motor with electricity stored in the main battery. In the first case you can only go as far as the battery will let you which is around 120-150 miles (they say) then you will have to stop by the nearest electrical outlet and plug it in for 2-4 hours for a full charge. In the second case you get a small 2 cylinder gas motor connected to a generator that can refill your battery while you are still driving giving you 300+ miles per gallon. I would choose the second model in order to take it on long trips (it can hold two full-length surf boards in the back) and it doesn’t cost that much more than the first option. Even with the second model you could still go whole entire months without using a drop of gasoline! Just plug it up every night and you’ll never use all the battery during your daily back and forth to work.  I am excited about this kind of technology.  We should have had cars like this back in the 90’s.  Too bad GM had to kill the electric car.  Now people have to go and make their own.