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Commented On: Infiniti LE Concept: Electric Sedan Full Details, NY Auto Show


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I think operating effeciency of an electric motor can be tweeked by design but my understanding is that they are most effecient between 30% and 90% of full load. But that's for old school technology - with the new EV motors that might not apply.
In any event my understanding is that it wouldn't make a ton of difference unless you are overloading the motor or if you were grossly overpowered.

Commented On: 2013 Smart ForTwo: Fresh Styling, New Electric Drive Model


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I didn't consider government use especially meter maids - that's a good Smart Car example. But at $26,000 I doubt you will recover the cost differential of a smart gasser.
As far as the $7,500, that just shifts the burden burden to the federal taxpayer. Money shuffle is all it is. Your municipal government over pays for a product, your federal tax dollars provide a kickback and you know who covers the nut.

Commented On: 2013 Smart ForTwo: Fresh Styling, New Electric Drive Model


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Every time I see a Smart Car my reaction is always....there but for the grace of God go I. If I lived in the middle of Antwerp with a short commute....I might feel differently.
But $25,000 for a Smart Car? And no, I won't buy the "EV driving experience" argument on this one.

Commented On: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury Sedan: Tesla's Worst Nightmare?


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Assuming you are asking what does it matter what people think about the cars...
It's important because there is such a thing as Market Share.
We already know there is a market, albit small, for EVs.

Commented On: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury Sedan: Tesla's Worst Nightmare?


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Do you really believe the LE will even come close to the acceleration of a G37?

Commented On: BMW X5 xDrive35d Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year


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Yes it's a huge $50,000+ advantage - but I would never spend that kind of money on a car again. I'm surprised at the ratings as I've owned the car since new and I routinely get 17 - 18 in mixed suburban chicago driving and on the open road I get 20mpg at a steady 80mph. I can hit 25mpg at a legal 65mph. Around here premimum gas now tops diesel by at least 10 - 15 cents/gal.
My daily commute is 20 miles and takes 30 minutes - I consistantly average 20mpg in that commute. The only time I ever see 14mpg is true downtown Chicago rush hour stop and go, or short winter season 1 mile jaunts to the store.

Commented On: BMW X5 xDrive35d Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year


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Agreed - I have an 2002 3.0 X5 and I can easily match that fuel economy.

Commented On: Electric Cars ARE Coming, But It Will Be Slow: Why Is This So Hard To Grasp?


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On a clear summer day there are about 100watts of solar power / sq' hitting the earth. Today's mainstream technology can generate somewhere around 5 - 10 watts under those conditions. You can expect about 6 hours of peak conditions but after that the solar power drops off dramatically. So just for argument sake - today 30 - 60watt hrs / day / sq'. Potential is 600 or .6kwh / sq' during the summer. Combined with passive systems I can see where your prediction could come true in the sunbelt around the world.
But I don't know who is going to shovel off my solar panels during these pesky midwest winters.

I'm no engineer but I can see the potential improvement there.

Commented On: Right Wing Volt Flip-Flop? Now It's An Energy Security Hero! (Video)


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Warlord? Are you refering to the removal of Noriega in Panama, the partnership signed with Gorbachev ending the cold war, or the returning control of Kuwait to the Kuwati government?
I agree that a $25k Volt with an improved battery would sell like hot cakes and wouldn't need any subsidies. But get real.

Commented On: 2012 Ford Focus Electric To Do Cross-Country Road Trip


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Interesting excerise (pun intended). I suspect that the real reason for selecting secondary roads is to maximize public exposure in a more EV friendly environment. Who is going to notice them buzzing along I40 other then a few cows.
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