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Carbon Motors E7  (Source: Carbon Motors)
Please sir, may we have $300 million?

The push to move the U.S. to newer technology cars and trucks that are more efficient in fuel consumption and produce fewer emissions is focused heavily on the consumer segment of the industry. In many areas, some of the most fuel consuming and polluting fleets are those for public service workers like law enforcement. 
A company called Carbon Motors is soliciting the government for a loan to help it produce the first vehicle in the country specifically designed for police officers. In a letter to the members of President Obama's cabinet, the company outlines its need for a $300 million loan.
The letter reads in part:
Over two years ago, Carbon Motors filed an application for a loan of over $300 million with the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program. The ATVM direct loan program was established in a bi-partisan manner by the Bush Administration and has been carried on by the Obama Administration.
We have secured a mothballed automotive facility located in a town with unemployment at rates significantly higher than the national average – Connersville, Indiana – a victim of the fallout of automotive industry at the end of the last decade. With the ongoing criticisms aired concerning the U.S. Department of Energy's loan guarantee programs and the ATVM direct loan program, our country faces a critical decision now that will have significant impact on our first responders, taxpayers, environment, highways, our manufacturing employment base and the security of our homeland.
Carbon Motors is seeking the funds in order to produce its E7 police vehicle. The car is designed to be functional, safe, and fuel-efficient. The car has a turbodiesel engine with 300hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and is specified for a durability span of 250,000 miles. The cockpit of the car is ergonomically designed for comfort and to fit all the duty gear an officer needs for the day. The car has a radiation-, chemical-, and biological-threat detection capabilities.
The E7 also steps up monitoring capabilities by including a 360-degree exterior surveillance for audio and video. The car is also designed with 180-degree interior rear compartment audio and video recording for the rear compartment of the vehicle. The car can be had with an optional license plate detection system and optional integrated ballistic protection.
The company claims the car will be safer for police officers, produce less pollution, and save money on fuel as well. Carbon Motors is likely seeing delays in a verdict on its loan application due to the third-party review process that green government auto firms are going through.

Source: Carbon Motors

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RE: Are people waiting for this?
By Mint on 12/19/2011 4:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
Testing vehicles are fine, but you don't need $300M for that. I still say contracts could be secured before jumping all in with a factory, and it's much better than blindly hoping cash-strapped cities will fund new police vehicles.

As for the jobs, you don't seem to understand my point. If departments stop ordering Challengers over the next 5 years, then Dodge won't hire as many people to build/maintain them in the future, other companies who modify them will make layoffs. That will mostly counter any new jobs created by Carbon E7 production. It's largely substitutive.

At least with the greentech subsidies, there is at least the hope that an export industry is being created, imported oil will go down, air gets cleaner, etc rather than just waiting and finally ceding the market to the far east.

RE: Are people waiting for this?
By Just Tom on 12/19/2011 4:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
No police department is going to commit to purchasing a vehicle that does not exist. You are talking about entities that plan their capital budgets years in advance, what are they going to do if Carbon goes belly up?

RE: Are people waiting for this?
By Mint on 12/20/2011 1:46:14 AM , Rating: 2
If Carbon goes belly up, then they just do what they've always been doing and modify consumer vehicles.

If police departments really are worried about that possibility, and if you're right in suggesting that they won't buy cars because of that risk, then Carbon has no chance. They could never sell a car, as the risk of going bankrupt will always be there.

I suspect that you're wrong, though. Any monopsony with a unique need will have to sign a contract to get something built for them. Lockheed wouldn't design, test, and build assembly lines for F22s without a contract beforehand.

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