electric car Tag

One of the ways in which we Americans argue we have the best economy in the world is by pointing to our free markets. The theory says there’s complete openness between supply and demand. Sellers and buyers are free to agree prices and exchange money for goods or services. Government is not supposed to get in the way by passing laws unless something is interfering with the freedom of the market, e.g. the seller is a monopoly and gouging the buyers. Except, of course, the power of lobbies is sufficientlyRead More
In science fiction novels and movies, ground and sometimes air transport is powered by some undefined type of battery or there’s a compact power-generating source. It’s convenient to describe or show these things working without feeling the need to explain the technology behind them. It’s a form of science-as-magic approach to world-building. Coming to our reality, scientists are trying to convince lawmakers there’s a problem with the climate. This is pushing both the federal and some state lawmakers into requiring the development of zero-emission vehicles. Environmentally friendly design is theRead More

Posted On May 20, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Electric buses go far

The conventional bus relies on diesel. This is smelly to handle and produces relatively high emissions. There’s a new competition between two bus companies to produce the perfect zero-emission vehicle. This is important because California which is the largest state, through its Air Resources Board has Zbus requirements. So far, only the Proterra Ecoride BE35 completely satisfies that requirement. This bus is manufactured in South Carolina and draws its components for assembly from thirty-three US states. This is an American bus and it has just broken a record in aRead More
Chevrolet Volt 2014 hybrid
When folk at the bottom of the Greek hill called Mount Olympus heard the thunder and saw the lightning flash, they made up stories about Gods who controlled the weather and other aspects of their environment. They didn’t know any better. Now we’re in the Age of Enlightenment and know some science, we understand thunder and lightning have nothing to do with gods. Well, it’s time to bring the same level of understanding to the question of electric vehicles, specifically the Chevrolet Volt. So let’s start off with the balancingRead More
It does not matter whether the car of the future is going to fly or run along a type of track set in the road, the key problem is the nature of the fuel it burns to produce motion. Needless to say, today’s manufacturers cannot agree and are placing their bets on different fuels and different technologies to exploit it. In all this, the most interesting fact is that none of the manufacturers are prepared to write off the gas-burning engine. They all agree it’s going to be around forRead More
If you were to ask people who have nothing at stake, they would probably agree to spending money on making our cities more comfortable to live in. So many urban environments are being affected by smog. More people are finding it difficult to breathe freely. Surely everyone would benefit by diverting locally collected taxes to protecting the environment. Except nothing is ever that simple when many states have a budget deficit and the majority of taxpayers resist the idea of paying more, no matter how beneficial the outcome might be.Read More
There are several ways in which you can approach the task of solving potential problems. Assuming you decide not to ignore it, the most positive is called the precautionary principle. At its simplest level, this looks at all the things that could go wrong, it ranks them in terms of probability, and then puts precautionary measures in place to deal with the most severe risks. Depending on the budget available, this can produce the most effective safeguards for people potentially at risk. Of course, the moment you mention spending moneyRead More

Posted On March 3, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

The gamble buying electric

When you buy a vehicle with a conventional gas engine, you know even the worst of garages will have some idea of how to diagnose problems and make repairs. The same basic mechanical set-up has been around for years and garages have built up experience. But when it comes to the modern makes and models bringing hybrid technology to the marketplace, the presumption disappears. Now think about an all-electric, plug-in vehicle. There are even fewer all-electric models on the roads and most garages would never have had the chance toRead More

Posted On January 17, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

The future shown at Detroit 2014

The 2014 North American International Auto Show has just been held at Detroit and this gives us a chance to identify the trends for the next year or so with both actual models and concept cars on display. The important feature of this auto show is that it brings manufacturers from all the major markets. So in addition to the home-grown product, we get to see the pick of the new models from both the Europeans and the Asians. This year we seem to be turning the clock back. LookingRead More

Posted On January 17, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Electric vehicles are not the same

There are times when official bodies open their mouths and the words emerging into the public space make a type of sense, but don’t quite have the effect the bodies expected. So here we go with the ultimate statement of the obvious. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now gone on the record. It’s official government policy when it comes to setting the rules and regulations for safety. The risks associated with electric cars are not the same as those created by gas-powered cars. What has prompted this profoundRead More