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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 TSS on 12/19/2011 7:30:37 PM , Rating: 1
I live in a place where there's only a 4% chance that when you steal something, you will get caught. The police force is used almost exclusively to write tickets for speeding, alcohol controls and whatnot. The only reason we haven't decended into anarchy is because we police ourselves.

It's not just the people that set policy. Officers are people too. You always have the option to refuse. Yes, there's a danger of getting fired. Unless you stand united and everybody refuses to play ball as long as the ball doesn't make sense.

They are supposed to serve and protect the people. Instead they have become nothing more then tax collecters. I will not respect that. And to all who say "well if you are fined then you must've broken the law" i say, "the law is not an absolute". It is something to be reviewed on a case by case basis. If it was, we might as well merge cases together of crimes that fall in the same catagory and just judge en masse. Maybe then trials will take months instead of decades.

There are good police forces out there. But they do not deserve your respect just because they put themselves "in the path of danger". They deserve respect when they serve the people.


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