Major fail. Pintos and Toyotas were not subsidized by the taxpayer.
When I am forced to give my taxpayer dollars to someone who buys one of these pieces of **** and find out they have a major safety flaw, I have a right to complain and complain loudly. Did you ever stop to think that if it was such good technology and if it was such a good ****ing car, that you wouldn't need your gov't to step in and pay for part of the damn thing? Good ideas are self sufficient.....i.e....the internal combustion vehicle. (and don't bring up bailouts of the auto industry, that was caused by unions and slow sales because of the economy, not because the engine driven car is a bad idea)
Last edited by dontworrybehappy; 11-27-11 at 10:03 AM.
Thank you, Quazi!
Cars made their place because of individuals believing they could do better. In many cases they did, in some they didn't.
Batteries have come a long way, and the type of hybrid the Volt is, electric with an auxiliary generator, is IMO the best type.
The reason is that it can be "easily" adapted to other fuel sources, as the APU can be designed to run on any fuel, so you could have diesel Volts or CNG Volts or straw ethanol/methanol Volts without having to re-engineer the entire vehicle.
Add to that the fact it can be used exclusively electrically to the extent that it has a system to warn you that your gas is getting "old". If you live within thirty miles or so from your work, and can arrange to charge it at work, you can commute completely electrically.
I'm pretty sure ALL cars will be electric in the future. And when they get more of the bugs out you will almost certainly like it. 100% of available torque from zero rpm to redline. Check out an "Electric Draggin" event if you get a chance. Plenty of testosterone to go around. Quiet environmentally sound motorsports.
Hydrogen isn't a "fuel", it is much more akin to a battery in that it either takes energy to produce or is "extracted" from an existing fuel source. There are no hydrogen mines or wells.
Electricity, on the other hand, can be generated in any number of ways and an electric vehicle doesn't care where the electrons come from. Allowing new sources to be used without requiring our vehicle fleets to be changed to accommodate it.