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Petrol Heads - The end is insight

Author jmcelhone
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#1 | Posted: 11 Sep 2010 10:13
What killed it for me is that I saw a Tesler on the road today - for the first time. I mean who in their right mind would buy a car that uses one of the most important and capable chassis for 20 years and weigh the shit down with 300 KG of battery. The batteries, by the way, that can only be charged, sustainably, by nuclear fuel.

Don't get me wrong I've got no issue with nuclear in fact my first born son will be called Chernobyl and I love my two headed Rusian Cousins dearly. But if Coventry hadn't of Climaxed too early and some Middle Europeans not invested heavily in producing efficient Diesel engines, neglecting petrol, I can't help but think there is far more to be archived by making Hyper efficient petrol engines.

Author georkv2
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#2 | Posted: 11 Sep 2010 15:25
Is Nuclear sustainable? It might be zero emissions but unless we can create nuclear fissible material from renewable sources then it is not. Wind is an option but you need so many of the damn things to run a hair dryer its doesn't seem the solution, around my area wind turbines are springing up all around and boy, do they really look bad and spoil the skyline.

I can't see Electric cars taking off for quite some time, the range of the vehicles is just too short plus until a quick charge system that fully charges a battery in less than 5 minutes is introduced they will be simply not practical for any substantial journeys.

Hybrid is also a nonsense in my opinion - weighing down a car with batteries, additional motors and control units simply make the original petrol / diesel vehicle less efficient. From the top of my head the Toyota Prius was less economical than the equivalent sized diesel car.

It is all a nonsense, cars are demonised simply for tax purposes has anyone else noticed that in sound bites over the past two years the language has shifted from predominantly emissions focused to congestion focused? Even if cars run on fresh air with no pollution the powers that be would still raise the equivalent tax citing congestion reasons.

The big nail in the coffin for me will be the day that GPS is used within each car to track movements and charge for road use on distance and time of day.
Author arnoldterminegger
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#3 | Posted: 12 Sep 2010 10:44
The end is definately in sight, its just that the alternatives right now are nothing more than a joke. They allegedly put a man on the moon 40 years ago, but they still can't develop an effective alternative for motoring even though the earth's oil supplies are running out - it makes you wonder.

As more and more people are forced into buying smaller more efficient cars, this will in turn lead to a reduction in tax revenue for the government which they cannot afford with the financial mess they've led us in to. A nationwide rollout of the london congestion charge will simply have to take place - but surely they've pushed the motorist to breaking point now? But like usual the british will just put on a brave face and accept it. Its a shame we aren't more like the french in that respect.

I sometimes think that maybe the oil companies themselves have something to do with the lack of effective progress in finding an alternative. Don't forget how much the oil companies would stand to lose if an effective alternative was found....
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