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GM Electric Cars / China / UAW

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by rufus, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Yup! Especially when the dotgov tells "too big to fail" they MUST build it!
     
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    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    About time. General Morons has sucked for years.
     
  5. PhantomWorks

    PhantomWorks Seattle WA Active Member

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    Volt is NOT an electrical car. It's a hybrid. GM had a great electrical car, the EV-1, but like all 'profit first' company's they took the bribes from 'big oil' and crashed the program. So Toyota ran over them and took the WHOLE market.
    Bummer.
     
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    Mookie Eastern Washington Active Member

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    The volt is a great idea. It may not be the same quality as the Prius but it is a nicer car with better battery only range. If the electric and hybrids are a platform that "nobody wants" why are they selling like mad.

    If I was in the market for a commuter car the Volt would be on the top of the list. 40 miles of battery only (average commute to work is 10-15 miles), that means no fule is used AT ALL for regular in town use.

    Hybrids/electric are the next step and GM is building a great car. Imagine with this tech a 3/4 t pickup that gets 25 -30 mpg with a full load.
     
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  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    The EV-1 was an overpriced, waaay-too-expensive to build vehicle that had little range and relied on lead-acid batteries (later NMH) that made it just as hazardous to dispose of as the volt. It was tiny, and as a result, market appeal was limited at best.

    Time magazine included it in the 50 worst cars of all time.
    "Big oil" had nothing to do with it's demise.

    Nice try though! :thumbup:
     
  8. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Screw that! Why don't we see diesel electric hybrids? They would be king of the MPG wars. Imagine the above, but double the mileage.
     
  9. PhantomWorks

    PhantomWorks Seattle WA Active Member

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    An diesel engine wouldn't be very good as a hybrid engine. They are only efficient in a pretty narrow powerband, like in stationery generators, and trying to utilize them in the stop n' go way hybrids do would make them run cold and pollute a bunch. Startup is hard to manage in a clean matter. Might work if it was running continuous powering a generator... BUT if it was so much better, the Germans would all ready done it!
     
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    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Actually they would. Electric around town and once you hit the highway the diesel kicks on to maintain speed and charge the battery. And funny you should mention the Germans. VW made an ultralight concept with a small diesel in a hybrid setup. It got over 200 mpgs. Diesel can be built to produce less emissions then a natural gas engine, International truck and engine corp proved that with some of their busses. The technology is out there people just need to get over their diesel fear and ignorance.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC
     
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    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    A diesel would be *GREAT* in a hybrid; one of the major benefits of a hybrid is that it gets to run the engine however it wants. Toyota and Ford's hybrid systems use a modified gas engine that doesn't provide as much torque, but is more efficient, because they have the electric power for torque. Just run the diesel as a generator as needed, like the Volt's gas engine. You can make sure that it always operates at its most efficient.

    Plus diesels can run on 100% biofuel with no loss in efficiency, unlike gas->ethanol.
     
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    PhantomWorks Seattle WA Active Member

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    Ford doesn't make hybrids. They buy there stuff from Toyota...
    But what do I know about engines, only been a diesel tech since -92.
     
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    mat33 Portland, OR Active Member

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    I love how everyone says that Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf missing sales projections is proof that there is no demand for electric cars. If you believe that, walk into a dealership and tell the first person you see that you'd like to drive one home today for MSRP. Heck, even tell them you'll pay a $1,500 "market adjustment fee". Depending on their mood, they'll either politely direct you to the waiting list or laugh you out of the building. If you don't live in one of the debut markets, you won't even be able to order one for months. They didn't meet sales projections because they didn't meet production targets. Not only is this new technology, but there was an earthquake in Japan last year that caused supply chain disruptions for every automaker.

    Steam cars were superior in range, reliability, and performance when internal combustion engines came on the scene over a century ago, but I have never seen a flaming red chimney spewing coal smoke rolling down I-5 for the morning commute.
     
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    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    When they come up with a hybrid that can pull my 40' 5th wheel I'll show some interest.
     
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    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Supply & demand vs. no supply & demand? Not much demand even though the darn things are subsidized, and not much supply (Japan?) equates to failure all the way around. Oh the salesmen will laugh at you alright, but not for the reasons you stated. But by all means, buy one or two. The economy could use the money.
     
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    I drive a 2006 VW Jetta TDI turbodiesel that I bought new. Its the best car I have ever owned. Plenty of power, tons of torque, no cold-starting issues like the POS GM diesel cars from the late 70's/early 80's. I can easily get 45 MPG on the freeway and high 30's around town. I can go 600+ miles on a tank. And the best part....almost all of the fuel I use is made-in-Oregon biodiesel, available at several locations within 20 miles of my home. It costs a few cents more than normal petroleum diesel, but I like the fact that my money is supporting a local Oregon company (Sequential Biofuels) and my exhaust smells like french fries. I am going to drive this thing til the wheels fall off. And then I will buy another one.
     
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    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    If you read the articles about Ford's hybrids, you would have read that they had independently developed a system very similar to Toyota's, then in doing patent research realized they needed to license it from Toyota. Ford's hybrids are 100% Ford-designed and built. They're just very similar to Toyota's.

    Nissan, on the other hand, outright buys Toyota-manufactured hybrid components and pairs them with a Nissan gas engine base.
     
  19. DieselScout

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    International DuraStar Hybrid

    DuraStar

    :D:D
     
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    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Ener1, Parent of Obama-Backed Green Company, Files for Bankruptcy

    More taxpayer money down the green hole...