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Sunday, August 14, 2005

So why is Bush still pushing hydrogen cars?

5 Comments:

Blogger Fixer said...

2 reasons:

1) One of Chimpy's friends stands to make a profit.

B) Chimpy needs to look like he actually is an environmentalist.

4:02 PM  
Blogger via said...

You know cars inside and out. Are these plug-ins viable?

4:04 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

It has to do less with viability than the American mindset. My take is it has to do with BTUs. BTUs (heat) make power. Yes, those that you use to measure your air conditioner's output. When gasoline burns, it releases heat. A certain amount of gasoline releases a certain amount of heat when ignited (BTUs).

Alternative fuels (natural gas, diesel sorta, and others) do not burn with the same BTU rate as gasoline. It takes a greater volume to produce the same amount of heat. Hence less power from the same volume. That's why they will never catch on in a big way.

That said, plug-ins fall in the same category. Regardless if it's mated to a gas engine or not, the power and, in this case, range is not there for them to become mainstream.

I think our future is with electrics, but we're gonna have to rethink our basic automotive engineering. We will have to duplicate the power, performance, and range before anything electric will catch on widely.

4:16 PM  
Blogger via said...

Fixer, thanks for the information. You would make a good teacher. I think that we are going to have to start investing heavily in mass transit. I love my car, but the planet can't sustain the level of oil dependance we have reached.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

I did teach a course for a couple years at the New York Institute of Technology but, while I got to impart my little bits of wisdom, the budget was lacking. No labs, no hands on, so I gave it up. It's more fun being in the trenches anyway because I don't have to set an example for people's kids. ;)

3:49 AM  

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