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That doesn't look too bad.
    
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but the industry's inability to produce a robust all-electric motor has certainly put the kibosh on that once great dream.
What a giant steaming lie. There have been electric motors of all sizes and capacities for greater than 50 years that will last for hundreds of thousands of hours.
    
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I don't recommend going on the Autobahn with this thing (those are German plates), if you do stay only in the right lane!
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Why not just take my hood, trunk, and top of my car - embed solar panels in them. That way when I have to plug my car in at the end of the day it doesn't need that much more to recharge. Also, stick some of those same panels on the roof of my house. Oh, and make it cheaper to do those things cause really the last price quote I had to install a handful of panels on the roof was $40,000 and it would barely be enough to power the AC during summer.
exactly, until solar panels have an efficiency breakthrough (and i'm talking more than a successful experiment), noone will take a gamble integrating them into the common automobile. Price and Durability are also huge issues.

A solar panel that can withstand -40C temps while being scraped clean of snow and at the same time not shattering when hitting bumps or being hit with a small rocks would take a while to perfect, but then you have to look at the asthetics of it.

I think that electric engines are a step in the right direction though because most of the "wasted" gas mileage comes from idling in traffic. Half of the battle is where the energy comes from, the other half is how efficiently the energy is used.
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This probably does 0-60 in about 20 seconds with a max of 70. No thanks. I like my fossil fuel, smog emitting truck and sports car, thanks.
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Those things are fugly.
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Outfitting every service station with hydrogen silos/pumps is so expensive that its not worth it. Not to mention keeping the hydrogen safe - It'd be like having a ticking time bomb every quarter mile. We would have better results funding the current auto companies to R&D electric vehicles, which the government is already doing so they must agree with me.



Thank GOD your not congress then. Its a lot smarter to back a corporation who's product is proven on 6/7 continents and that has the parts suppliers already in place to mass produce electric vehicles.

Besides, Telsa makes one SPORTS CAR... What use is a sub-compact sports car to a truck driver/Rancher/Farmer/Contractor/Mom with 2 kids/Fat guy is beyond me. Ford and GM(Which you were referring to, mostly) already has electric SUVs and Sedans on the road, they are further a head than Tesla is when you look at the big picture.
On top of that, its too expensive! The Telsa Roadster is $95,000 dollars and thats the cheapest. They've been out for a few years and ironically they're MORE expensive to make than before.

Thats just a battery powered roadster that weighs in at 2,700lbs... Imagine the type of powerful, efficient battery you would need power something as large as a pick-up or SUV that weighs 3 tons and needs the ability to haul 6 tons... Imagine the cost.

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They need to put this electric powertrain in the first gen BB (Scion xB), then it would be a good looking electric car and still stand out.
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Nice car, but come on Toyota...It's ugly, It's either gonna have limited range or gimped handling from the onboard weight, and it just doesn't have the sound. You have to have the sound of atleast four pistons doing their jobs for it to be a 'car', and not a golf cart. Nice try, Toyota.

BTW, the rotary in the RX7 and RX8 get a free pass. They are engines too, no need to discriminate!


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boyd...you don't realize the problem with hydrogen. It's EXTREMELY flammable. If you get in an accident...boom. Massive explosion. That's why they don't make them much yet.

And if you stuff a Prius into the grille of an Excursion, you are sitting ontop of some very corrosive lithium ions in solution, but no longer contained within those battery packs. Personally, I'd rather die in the hydrogen explosion, but that's just me.
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That thing needs a Mr. Fusion grafted on its heinie.

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