I think the electric car is being forced on us, by politicians who have
little connection with reality. And want us to have the least effective
consumer goods that can be forced on us. Detergents without phosphate, and
the list goes on from there.
I don't get your point. How can a lot of folks be "vanishingly small?"
My guess is most people in the automotive industry are scared to death
of the electric car and the changes it will bring. No transmission, no
radiator, an engine that's more like the one in your washing machine, no
exhaust, no cams, no heads, no speed/power tuning, etc. We'll still need
tires though. :-)
Won't happen real soon
The operating and infrastructure costs of an "electric" car are so great
that they can only be sold with major government subsidies
Not to mention the fact that most electricity is not produced in a "carbon
Can you say COAL BURNING GENERATOR ?
(yawn) it'll never fly Wilbur.
(yawn) those cars will never catch on, there's no roads!
(yawn) hydraulic brakes are the stupidest idea ever! People want
(yawn) front wheel drive? Over my dead body!
(yawn) digital cameras? Strictly for amateurs.
(yawn) so what else is new? (-:
Who are these people holding on to vastly out of date technology for
the sake of not changing? How many rotary phones do you see being used?
1970s or earlier cars as daily drivers? The people who just refuse to
change to superior technology because they just don't want to change
are few and far between.
The discussion was regarding customers not manufacturers. Manufacturers
don't have a choice in free market conditions. They either adapt or
die. The premise, that I agree with, is that superior product doesn't
need to be forced on any one. If electrics were or become superior then
new companies would quickly displace old companies that refused to
change given free market conditions.
And the $64,000 question is:
If you invented a small, compact, 100% efficient battery that would
power a car for 1000 miles, which oil company would be the highest
bidder for the patent rights?
What makes you think an oil company would buy it or the government
would allow it to be patented?
The problem with a patent is that it is published for all to see. The
US federal government can't invade every country where someone copies
the patent and the local government doesn't shut it down.
This isn't free enterprise we are dealing with in the USA. It's a form
of organized crime. The response would be along the lines of how
organized crime deals with competition. There won't be any bidders. The
inventor will either take a deal he can't refuse (if even offered) or
have an "accident" at worst and considerable regulatory, civil, and
criminal legal problems at best.
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