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Old 07-10-2008, 10:39 AM
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Default Nissan pledges electric car in U.S. by 2010

Car companies have been promising fully electric autos for decades, but it seems like we're finally on the cusp of fuel-free, silent running. The Telsa, Zap, and Six50 EVs will all be on the road within the next year or so (we're betting on "so"), and GM's much-anticipated Volt plug-in will come a year after that. Nissan would like to politely remind you that it too plans to have an all-electric auto in U.S. by 2010, all the while lining up charging stations at places like commuter parking lots and train stations. The company recently showed off an all-electric version of its popular (in Japan) Cube at the NY Auto Show, so it's a safe bet that the above is Nissan's vision for the all-electric future of American highways. Shame they couldn't have picked something a little sportier.

source: engadget.com via autoblog

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Old 07-10-2008, 01:33 PM
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Infrastructure might be fine in early-adopter cities like San Francisco and Berkeley (here in California) and others like them scattered around the nation, but the infrastructure is nowhere near ready in middle America.

Electric cars are all well and fine, but calling them zero emissions is like calling a prostitute a recreational horizontal aerobicist. The charge electricity in NA can come from some pretty dirty sources.

Electric cars therefore are a step back from the Prius as opposed to a step forward.

In California, we already have rolling blackouts because we do not have enough electrical power to supply the demand. Electric cars will only tax the grid more and no doubt drive the cost of electricity up to the average consumer as they become more prevalent.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:22 PM
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The charge electricity in NA can come from some pretty dirty sources.

Electric cars therefore are a step back from the Prius as opposed to a step forward.
That's a great point. A high percentage of electricity in the US is generated by coal fired plants, and most of those plants do not yet have contemporary scrubbing equipment installed. I wish we could get more permits for nuclear facilities to be constructed, but there are so many obstructionists lurking in the wings, I doubt it could be done.
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..calling them zero emissions is like calling a prostitute a recreational horizontal aerobicist.
Swizzle, you are a legend!

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