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Commented On: 2014 Chevrolet Volt Price Cut By $5,000, To $34,995


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will the 7K federal tax credit still apply?

Commented On: Tesla's Musk Promises Deep Dive Into Electric-Car Emissions


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hey john

any study has to start looking at what happens as we recycle batteries. Lead-acid batteries are 97% recycled. the same IMHO will occur in Lithium.

similiar things in rare earth magnets.

Commented On: Via Motors Latest To Try Electric Vehicle-To-Home Backup Power Tech


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ask people to turn off their A/C and large appliances, to for the good of the neighborhood stick to a few lights and the fridge, or,
instead of direct powering the grid, power a little 80 Amp distribution panel with 6 15 amp breakers, have NEMA 15 outlets on it, run a #2 wire to the panel and tell people they can come bring an extension cord and get some power. It's a free service from the utility company while they clear a wrecked fuse.

Commented On: Toyota: We Sell Six In Every Ten Hybrids In California


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it's called brand reputation. Toyota built a brand on the Prius, and
the GM and Detroiters had damaged brands. GM is recovering, so is Ford,
but, you really want to have that brand halo.

Look at Apple, they polished the brand for a decade, and it is worth billions.

Commented On: Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi To Install Charging Stations In Japan


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120 Million japanese, 4,000 fast chargers, that's only
1:30,000.

It's certainly a fair number given the small size of the island, but
they could probably use more, 1 for every ward in Tokyo and
1 at each major highway service center.

Commented On: Why Silicon Valley Venture Firm Kleiner Perkins Bet On Fisker, Not Tesla


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Jim,

what do you think went wrong at Fiskar, what do you think went right?

I thought they had a gorgeous product, but the price point was kind of high, and they were a little late into the window.

I think if they were closer to 70K, for the Karma, and had gotten to market 12 months earlier, they might have done better.

Commented On: Why Silicon Valley Venture Firm Kleiner Perkins Bet On Fisker, Not Tesla


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I thought the Karma was gorgeous. I also thought the
Roadster and Model S look nice too. I also like the looks of the volt. I'd say the Karma was gorgeous and a very high end car
but, the magic never happened.

Commented On: Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business


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I think the distribution network will need to become public infrastructure,
have it be bought off from the Utility companies and become property of the ISO's. Create either regional grids or State based ISO's and let the utility companies either sell retail power to consumers or own generators, but not both.

Commented On: Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business


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i wonder if you could take some COTS UPS systems, and use that to
support a Solar PV array.

Commented On: Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business


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Electric companies used to do joint advertising with GE and other manufacturers to show off and advertise electrical appliances, everything from electric baseboard heat to Refrigerators to lightbulbs. Heck, the local utility in chicago, (Com Ed) used to give you 6 free light bulbs every month, to get you to use more power.

And the utilities used to advertise on the virtues of an all electric house.

I know the gas company and power company used to slug it out.
No reason for them to not slug it out with the gasoline vendors.
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