They could build electric roads. Every car would have a battery and a
coil under the car. Coils would be buried under all major roads. As you
drive along the road would charge the vehicle.
VERY COSTLY to implement, but no exhaust.
And at a great loss in energy time you add up all the losses involved
at the generating plant, the transmission lines, driving the car, etc.
Using electricity to charge batteries, then converting it to driving
power is a lossy proposition. Those proposing hybrids or even all
electric overlook the economics of the process. Unless gasoline goes
really outragious, IMO the internal combustion engine will remain the
most economical way to power a car.
Note that the current rebates and tax write offs for hybrids are
disguising one major problem. Cost originally becomes competitive with
standard cars but then comes time to replace the batteries...
The hybrid is kind of neat around town but on the highway the straight
drive will win every time.
Hydrogen is not all it is being touted to be either. It takes tanks
four times as large as that used by gasoline to hold the same energy.
Tax Rebates to subsidize Japanese auto industry while the American
industries go bankrupt not to mention the ridiculous trade deficit!!
On Sun, 26 Mar 2006 03:15:09 +0000, Rich256 wrote:
I had this argument a couple of weeks ago. It seems that some (Ford) have
designed the engine so it has less torque at the low end, relying on the
electrics for the start-up. They can then get away with a smaller engine
(less low-end torque, anyway) than the equivalent straight-drive car,
saving fuel on the highway too.
It's not as dangerous as the nay-sayers believe either. The problem with
hydrogen is availability.
US car manufacturers can build hybrids too. ...not that I'm in favor of
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