quote: It looks like something we will have to, but the only reason to do it is to meet regulations. We don't see it as a significant business.
quote: Resisting a superior power train is foolish though.
quote: It's just that every major car maker is either hedging themselves with hybrid tech or EV tech or a combination.
quote: A company that outright refuses to do what everyone else is doing, I dunno, that just seems bad.
quote: I feel Maserati, as well as everyone, has a right to provide the products the consumers want.
quote: I remember clearly corporations complain about CAFE standards and it's exactly what the customers want. MORE GAS MILEAGE
quote: Every product regardless of regulations is always offered before the technology is matured. Anybody who buys them are called early adopters. Generally they are bought by the wealthy as there is a premium on them. You don't remember how expensive laptops and cell phones were? What about $5k for a 42" 720p LCD? Carbon fiber? even those stupid toy RC helicopters things used to sell for $60+ each
quote: Without push and previous cafe regs, we would be stuck with cars that get at best 20-24mpg, cause that is all that is available.
quote: By and large, customers don't know what they want, nor do they make optimal choices - they are largely driven by fear, insecurity and one-upmanship. This is one reason why advertising is so effective, and why legislation is so important.
quote: No one is forcing anyone to buy EVs...
quote: The reason governments are pushing for EV and hybrids is that they know that auto makers are not pushing hard enough for the technologies needed on their own!
quote: Nobody talks about the efficiency of how the battery is charged. It varies strongly from region to region, depending on how the energy is produced, nuclear, coal and so on, but even the best is not ahead of the internal combustion engine.
quote: They do not matter to the general public, and they do not matter to car companies.
quote: If the promise holds true then my daily transportation costs would drop from $6 per day down to $1 (or possibly less if I get a peak power plan). Saving $1,300 per year on commute costs means a lot to people like myself
quote: One step at a time, first get rid of the ICE
quote: But I can't believe I'm even bothering to discuss this with a, literally, crazy person. You're psycho!
quote: One step at a time, first get rid of the horse
quote: The EV is very very close the being more than capable of replacing the consumer automobile.
quote: it's not a niche market
quote: It produces CO2 to dig out the oil.It produces CO2 to build the machines.It produces CO2 to put up the rigs.It produces CO2 to maintain the fleet of trucks.It produces CO2 to make the special filling station.It produces CO2 to build your car.It produces CO2 to make the tires (which are made from trees) for you crappy car.And if your worried about global warming, completely pointless ramble about friction.