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Commented On: Bob Lutz Previews New Via Motors Electric Trucks: Detroit Auto Show


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Via Motors still struggling for relevance, I see.

Commented On: Need (Or Want) A V-8? These Five Have The Highest MPG


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Hire an editor.

Commented On: Toyota Announces Tiny Single-Seat Electric Car For Short Trips


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Oh look, another glorified golf cart that nobody in their right mind will waste their money on.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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Personally, I agree, there's a ton that this concept could do. An OPOC rather than a standard ICE, fuel cells, more batteries, micro-turbine, or even just more luggage space when you just need the small range the built-in batteries offer.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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Trunk is in front, atop the motor and controllers, ala a VW Bug.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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So your contention is that the auto industry would be calling, say, me, directly, asking what I want, then building it? Instead of just "selling to anyone?"

There aren't huge waiting lists for EVs. They shut down Volt production because they had 90+ days of inventory sitting around that nobody's buying. I literally spoke with a GM rep for Voltec who confirmed that to me Monday.

The only EVs I know of that are sitting on "waiting lists" are those that just barely released, like the Karma and the CODA. You could put out an Indian air car and you'd have a waiting list of suckers to buy it. Doesn't mean the car will ultimately sell well.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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@John Voelcker - see "A dynamic model of plug-ion electric vehicle markets and charging infrastructure for the evaluation of effects of policy initiatives" by Yamashita, Niimura, Takamori, et al. It was published last year in the PSCE and is basically a beg-a-thon for government handouts to the EV industry, but it makes guesses, using current and expected growth rates, for EV proliferation both with and without government money (internationally) for 10-50 years. It's widely cited by the industry.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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@John Briggs - ignored my point. The study only looked at urban and suburban drivers. Not everyone, nationally.

People, for four generations now, have come to EXPECT certain things from automobiles. You can call those expectations "wants" if you wish, but that doesn't change the market. It will take generations to unlearn those expectations. Until then, the majority of people will not buy cars that do not meet those expectations.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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@EV Enthusiast: the car companies don't care if I buy their car? Really? They don't have waiting lines for their cars. They put a lot of effort in selling cars. Anyone with a TV, a magazine subscription, or who reads the newspaper can attest to that. Your comment is inane.

Commented On: Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine


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@John (both): I'm an automotive journalist and have test driven most of the major plug-in EVs (Leaf, Volt, Roadster, i-MiEV) and actually like electrics. HOWEVER, they are not going to penetrate the market very deeply or very quickly. Even the people who make the things realize this. Best estimates are a 10% market share in fifty years.

There's a reason for that. The study everyone refers to when they give that "75% of vehicles traveling 40 miles" had one huge flaw: it didn't ask ordinary Americans, it mostly asked urban and suburban dwellers. Sure, that's a large chunk of the population, but it's not all of it.
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