the electric car publicity stunts, playing the green card, or, obamas idea that america shud be runnin letric cars, with chuie following his leed, by funlin tax dollars to his buddy the iron man elon,mush--- while fueling up on coal derived electricity, with limited ranges of driving distance, the lithium laptop battery stacks, that heat up and then creep along, has fooled a lot of investors, following obamanomic seence ides, has been really good times for the bankruptcy experts pretending to make letric cars, starting back after the turn of the century, the biggy, elon musk, tesla motors,solar city, spacex, claimaint of paypal pilanthropist, if yer a beliver in myth, keeps him in big bucks, installing short lived solar panels on military bases, pretending to take on NASA's responsibility for space exploration, has filled the entrepanners newsmedia full of the normal come on for the unwary imvestor, destined to lose their money parallel to the taxpayer losing our dollars to a federal reserve-obanomics controlled (rolled) recipiant of a government ruled by the world class mafia, whereby we export our manufacturing companies to communist slave nations, who use free trade as an economic weapon---why bomb american companies when you can get paid exporting into the slave country, while setting up slave goods super store outlets in america, that shutter small family businesses, eliminating american science and technology jobs in the design engineering, manufacturing, marketing and retail sector, leaving more than 1/2 of our youth out of work, while paying the retail service industry chump change. Walmart americas largest employeer, have reduced their avg wage from 12 thousand a year to 10,400 in the last 3 years. while the waltpn family take more cash from our cash flow than 30 % of our workforce, What little tax dollars left, subjected to 40 % interest on our so-called deficit by the private owned federal reserve. the only middle class jobs are within the city, county, state, and federal agencies, other cash paying entitlements are the lgal-medical-insurancefraud mafia, prison economy, utilities and entertainment sector. While I listen to obama on the news of how our manufacturing companies have returned and he has personally restored millions of new jobs, in the last few months, making good on his promise to rebuild our job sector, preparing us for the looming election fraud
disregarding 80 % + jobs make near minimum wage or less, with 1 in 4 out of work
Rebate. That means the government robs us through some kind of gas or greenhouse tax to give money to others to buy politically correct cars. I'd prefer to keep my money and have all of the unsold Volts crushed to make pop cans.
In response to: Detroit has had a succession of wonderful Engineers. One of them was Bill Allison who, amongst many many patents for suspensions, invented the Packard torsion ride. In his retirement he perfected the wind engine hitting the Betz limit. And he would go into hysterics about the 3 bladed fans that were trying to fly and are catching on fire and blowing apart all over the world. The Betz limit is 59% efficiency. Those dufus 3 bladed versions are lucky to get 20% efficiency. So as an engineer interested in economics does a 300% increase in efficiency ring any of your bells? Or are you just another lemming?
I had always wondered why they don't use a turbine looking impeller. The design I saw being used in Australia, based on Bill Allisons work, looks something like the cross between a bird cage and a turbine. Why oh why in the world during the time of the information superhighway are we using ginormous three bladed propeller setups that make the country side look like mid 18th century Holland.
Thanks for the post about Bill Allison and his work. I will do some more research on that. Looks really intresting.
Appreciate the explanation, Chuck. Definitely something to be aware of given the criticality of battery development and innovation over the next decade (and likely beyond). Too bad there wasn't some sort of corresponding principle akin to Moore's Law that could be applied to the science of battery development. I suppose only tried and true development is what's going to advance battery life going forward.
Beth: The reason why batteries don't follow Moore's Law is that Moore's Law pertains to reduction of feature sizes on silicon. Silicon has been the material of choice in semiconductors since the early 1950s, and hasn't changed in all that time. As a result, manufacturers have been able to build better equipment to pack more transistors on a silicon chip, and the evolution of equipment is really what Moore's Law describes. In contrast, EV batteries have used at least a dozen different chemistries in the 24 years that I've been writing about them. We've seen lead-acid, nickel-iron, sodium-sulfur, advanced lead-acid, nickel-metal hydride, lithium-ion, lithium polymer and on and on. The improvement in battery materials is a matter of physical scince, not manufacturing. See the story on Gates:
Billy Let us first examin WHY the speed limits are being raised. Interstates now handle a finite traffic flow at 75 MPH whch is 10 to 15 MPH as previously on about the same or LESS per-trip-gas, with the same or LESS number of accidents but, the highway can handle about 10% MORE traffic at a cost to the state of only the new signage! On city to city Interstates everybody wins.
HOWEVER, Intracity roads are jambed! What better excuse would a politicion want for new toll bypass roads or intra city public transportation !
As to your accelerate comment. It (can be) a lot better in an EV than combustion engines! This is (amoung other things) why L6 Vetts lose to EVs at the drags.
As to big oil it will take a little time to change and put an INTERNATIONAL plan in place to effect changes neccessary to redirrect the worlds oil cartel. I see this as becomming the world's largest money redistribution game! People like author John Perkins are already helping readers understand the new rules of this game.
I like your reference to Apple. Apple, like GM, didn't create the first smartphone or tablet computer, but they created valued products with features and benefits exceeding anything else on the market. The Volt appears to be just another EV/hybrid car selling for a lot more than cars selling with the same or better value. Telsa, like Apple, has decent sales because their customers see value in what's offered for the price.
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