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Old 09-28-2010, 09:16 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the comments. I just find it amazing that none of the news agencies question the savings or look into disposal of all the batteries that will be used and discarded.

btw: does anyone really beleive the batteries will last 7 years? I know I never get that out of the ones in my car or airplane...
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Isnt the lead from recycled batteries used to make bullets? Unless the batteries lithium, let the greenies buy away.

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IMHO diesel is the way to go. My truck gets between 18-22mpg depending on how i drive it.

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the real myth is the one about a shortage of oil. wht we have is a shortage of refineries. all the batteries for these cars from what i understand are made in foreign countries that have no pollution controls. making these special batteries is an extremly polution intesive and toxic proccess.

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My thought on why a battery could let the car get more out of the fuel is that the battery can store power normally wasted as heat during breaking to use during acceleration. I'm thinking there may be a better way than a battery, maybe some kind of flywheel.

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Batteries have come along way but the hybrid and electric car companies are not pushing to the people who it would make since to. Take a service company whose primary business is done out of a van with a large roof that could hold a solar panel, and most business is within 20 mile of their office. Most of them travel for 30 to 40 minutes then are on a job for at least a couple of hours. This would be the ideal application for a hybrid for someone who could use it but it is easier to market to liberal yuppies

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Lithium batteries are manufactured overseas because of the pollution issues with their manufacture. Imported and installed in hybrids, they are expensive and create another pollution problem at end life.

They add another $10,000 to the price of a car and never offset the cost in fuel economy.

Hybrids are overpriced junk!

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Where I come from green vehicles are John Deere tractors and combines.

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Isnt the lead from recycled batteries used to make bullets? Unless the batteries lithium, let the greenies buy away.
Problem with lead bullets from batteries is it is toxic and the fumes can kill you. It must be done in a control environment.
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I am of the belief that we don't have a shortage and we will never run out of oil. The oil is a byproduct of the hot molten core of the planet.

It does boggle me how we can go form flying 30 mph for 200 yards to blasting 3 men into space and to the moon in 69 years. yet we are still using the same basic design of an enternal combustion engine that was first produced 300 years ago or there abouts.

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