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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Cars are like phones
Ann R. Thryft   12/13/2012 7:52:58 PM
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I agree, Cabe. The concept look is very cool, but we never get to see them in this country.

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Charles Murray   12/13/2012 6:23:07 PM
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Agreed, naperlou, the i8 is cool. Rumor has it that the gullwing doors will make it to production.

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Charles Murray   12/13/2012 6:20:52 PM
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I agree, TJ, a hundred miles isn't much. I suspect that a lot of potential drivers will want the range extender. BMW says the range extender will dounble the range.

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Cabe Atwell   12/13/2012 3:29:55 PM
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It's a shame we never see the concept look on the road. The typical USA consumer wants a more mundane look, or so car companies have admitted (via research). The 100 mile range is pretty standard for EVs. Since it is a BMW the price will reflect the brand. Too bad you can't just pay the "brand tax" for a larger battery.

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Cars are like phones
TJ McDermott   12/13/2012 1:33:46 PM
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The car manufacturers are taking a page from cell phone manufacturers: lots of features, but low battery life.

100 mile range is a bit disappointing, just like my cell phone.  I have no problem with a bulkier phone if it doubled battery life.

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naperlou   12/13/2012 9:26:02 AM
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Cap'n, this is great stuff.  By rethinking the design of a car, they have been able to save lots of weight.  Isn't that what I have been going on and on about lately.  Actually, the concept of having a break away frame with a passenger module is from Formula 1 racing.  If you see one of those cars crash, they braek up all over the place and then the driver walks away from the wreck.  It is an idea that is long overdue in the passenger car market.  Let's hope this becomes a trend. 

The hybrid is also very interesting in that the two types of motor drive separate axles.  With modern Engine Management Systems (EMS) for the ICE and a controller for the electric engine, it should be very reasonable to use both types without the need for the complex gearing system found in parallel hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius.  It seems that you can then have a front wheel drive electric car, a rear wheel drive conventional car and an all wheel drive car.  Sounds great.  And it is all controlled by a computer.

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