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Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'

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Charles Murray
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Re: Good point
Charles Murray   3/1/2013 6:24:31 PM
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True, ltron. There are so many choices that, as Mr. Fisker noted, people are getting confused by the various powertrains and terminologies.

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Re: Good point
ltron   3/2/2013 6:44:03 PM
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I don't know that it's the number of choices as much as all the FUD and misinformation.

For example, just how does one score a Hybrid like the Prius as a battery powered car? (Non plug-in obviously) The last time I looked, 100% of the power was generated by an Internal Combustion Engine!

This is a fantastic step that improves the efficiency of the ICE. In one swoop it eliminates the waste of idling and acceleration. However it has practically nothing to do with making a viable plug in battery vehicle.

   

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Finally some common sense exhibited
shrimper53   3/5/2013 12:24:14 PM
The real point is that the real target population continues to be ignored.  Someone that can afford to spend $100K to $250K on a car, can basically do what they want; price is NO OBJECT.  The "average" citizen that is looking for ECONOMY, has to consider both the cost of the vehicle and the cost of fuel......unless the vehicle cost is brought within an affordable range, there willl never be the required mass adoption for commercial success.  The hybrid (plug-in or not) is that current best leap in technology.  The pure electric is just another example of government trying to force technology on the basis of some leftist political agenda, disguised as compassionate concern for "the planet".  It is not ready or practical at this time, like it or not!  The ICE is still the best, most practical propulsion system overall.

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Re: Finally some common sense exhibited
Charles Murray   3/7/2013 6:25:08 PM
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Auto executives consur with your point, shrimper53. In the KPMG study mentioned here, manyt said that the internal combustion engine was the best bet for reaching the 54.5 mpg CAFE mandate.

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1366&doc_id=258495

 

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Fisker runs for cover.
savaden   4/24/2013 9:07:34 AM
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This article was apparently posted before the lates events in the Fisker saga, but I read it in the April issue of the print mag and thought it to be pretty ironic.


Here is the latest:

Fisker resigns from Fisker Automotive

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130313/CARNEWS/130319933

Fisker lays off majority of staff

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130405/CARNEWS/130409902

Energy Department recovers $21 million from Fisker to pay back loans.

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130423/CARNEWS/130429934

The car business is a rough one, and takes no prisoners. Mr Fisker was probably packing his bags with that Cayman Islands ticket clenched between his teeth as soon as he ended your interview. Next they will be looking for who he sold the drugs to and later the car will appear in a time travel movie.

So much for the allure of high dollar hybrids.

 

 

 

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Re: Fisker runs for cover.
savaden   4/24/2013 12:47:09 PM
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Today again the Fisker saga deepens.

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130424/CARNEWS/130429903?

Let this be a lesson to you upstart carmakers.

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