Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Prius Stomps Leaf

Americans want to burn that oil.

Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which can travel about 75 miles on a single overnight charge, plummeted 69 percent in June from a year earlier. Meanwhile, sales of various models of Toyota Prius hybrids are selling as fast as the automaker can ship them.

The Volt is still not an overwhelming success, but sales for the first half of 2012 more than tripled from a year earlier to 8,817.

“I can’t grasp the concept of driving 20 or 30 miles, or whatever the range is on the car, and then having to plug in again,” said Dennis Barrera, sales manager at Suburban Toyota in Troy, where the standard Prius hybrid is “still the most asked-about car (among shoppers) walking through the door.”

via U.S. drivers slow to embrace all-electric vehicles – USATODAY.com.

See also: A QUESTION FOR PRIUS OWNERS from The Industrialized Cyclist Archives.



“Green cars” will not solve the whole greenhouse gas thing

The impossibility of “green cars” must be apparent at this point. EVen to people at websites called “Green Car Congress:” http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/02/mashayekh-20120212.html

After considering a wide range of possible strategies to reduce light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a team from Carnegie Mellon University, RAND Corporation and the University of Toronto has concluded that no one strategy will be sufficient to meet GHG emissions reduction goals to avoid climate change. Strategies considered included fuel and vehicle options; low-carbon and renewable power; travel demand management; and land use changes.

However, they also found that many of these changes have positive combinatorial effects, “so the best strategy is to pursue combinations of transportation GHG reduction strategies to meet reduction goals.” As a result, they recommended that agencies need to broaden their agendas to incorporate such combinations in their planning. Their policy paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

So, if we still want to drive around everywhere , we’re left with all these non-effective strategies for reducing emissions. Solution? Implement all these non-effective strategies at the same time!



“Green cars” are not green, and look ridiculous
February 10, 2012, 02:21
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The whole concept of a “green car” is absurd. No matter how you slice it, the personal auto is a wildly extravagant use of energy, not to mention space.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/autos/1202/gallery.aceee-greenest-cars/index.html




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