You're right, Rob, that this probably won't mean much in terms of meeting CAFE. Because CAFE is weighted to reflect sales, and because this vehicle is not likley to have big sales, its high fuel efficiency numbers probably won't mean that much.
Good points, Chuck. The question becomes -- how fast can these developments take place? And -- perhaps more important -- will there be a sufficient market for these new vehicles once they're developed? If they don't sell in sufficent numbers, they won't help Porsche meet its CAFE standards. I would guess that's quite a challenge for any car maker.
" completely dedicated to the Porsche name. Again, great post.
Charles--Thank you for the excellent information. I agree, Porsche must know something or have a crystal ball to make the type of investment necessary to bring about an automobile such as this. My "dream" car has always been a Porsche but being an engineer, I have never really had the bucks to take the plunge. The price tag is really a tough one for most of us but there is a "cult" completely dedicated to the Porsche name. Again, great post.
It's interesting to see Porsche moving to the hybrid segment of the market. This is an area where there is much potential. Individuals and companies are now looking at ways to reduce the carbon footprint.
It's a strange combination of green engineering and speed, isn't it, Gorksi? But Porsche's not alone. In a couple of days, we'll be publishing an article about Detroit Electric's super-fast SP:01, which will supposedly be the "world's fastest electric sports car" when it comes out in Septmber. Prices for that one will start at $135,000.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
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