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Home - by - February 1, 2013 - 19:00 America/New_York - 17 Comments

PJ Tatler

Remember when we were going to have a million electric cars on America’s roads by 2015? Ah, the salad days of 2011:

“Whether we meet that goal in 2015 or 2016, that’s less important than that we’re on the right path to get many millions of these vehicles on the road,” an Energy Department official said.

Shoring up the U.S. auto industry was one of the key pillars of Obama’s first term, starting with the federally funded bankruptcies of General Motors Co and Chrysler Group LLC .

But promoting advanced vehicles has been a long-running focus for the White House, which has also pushed for more stringent standards on fuel economy that call for automakers to improve dramatically the mileage of their overall fleets.

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» 17 Comments

  1. thirdtwin

    February 1st, 2013

    Screw the wheel. The future is in robot horses. Wait. No! I was joking, Barry!

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  2. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 1st, 2013

    Yeah, let’s get those lectric cars on the road that get better mileage so we can buy less gas so we can pay less in taxes to the highway fund so we can…….the President will get back to you on those lectric cars.

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  3. thirdtwin

    February 1st, 2013

    Dan, there’s an app for that.

    http://tinyurl.com/bk8yxu5

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  4. KF

    February 1st, 2013

    00bama car of the future = bottom feeder death trap regardless of how it’s powered

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  5. Claudia

    February 1st, 2013

    Hey stop! I want my flying car I was promised back when I was a kid!

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  6. impeach him

    February 1st, 2013

    Lie number 6,789

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  7. norman einstein

    February 1st, 2013

    @Claudia, I want a flying car like George Jetson had.
    And also the bell-jar thing.

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  8. grayscape

    February 1st, 2013

    Electric cars will happen, just like electric lights eventually became advanced enough to be reliablean more cost effective than gas or oil lighting.

    The problem isn’t the technology….it’s the dumfuk progtards that think dictating technology makes it suddenly appear and all our problems are solved.

    Electric lighting took 50 years to get to the point it was a suitable replacement for precious technology. It should be the same with electric cars – if only the science/reality-challenged progfucks get out of the way and let entreprenuers do it.

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  9. grayscape

    February 1st, 2013

    Oops – “previous” technology, not precious.

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  10. old_oaks

    February 1st, 2013

    Of course Obama likes electric golf carts over the gas powered ones, he can hear himself talk.

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  11. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 1st, 2013

    Next up: cars made from balloons that run on static electricity.
    The price of socks and carpet will go up 1000%

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  12. Carlos The Jackal

    February 1st, 2013

    Waddaya gonna run them on when we get all those rolling blackouts because odumbfucks EPA has closed hundreds of coal fueled generating plants?

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  13. Jethro

    February 1st, 2013

    This week I was on a business trip and had to rent a Prius since it was the last car on the airport rental lot in the size range I requested.
    It reminded me of the car in Woody Allen’s movie “sleeper”.
    http://images.yuku.com.s3.amazonaws.com/image/pjpeg/d9f264f2277021dc311a84ee4cc560c6788a0105.pjpg
    I struggled with it at first, but finally figured out how to drive it out of the lot. I parked it in the lot at the building where I was hosting a meeting. After the meeting I went to get into the car and it was still running. Apparently, when I got out of it earlier in the day the gas engine backup was off. I thought I shut the entire car off but I didn’t. As the battery discharged the gas backup engine automatically started to keep in charged…
    POS!

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  14. grayscape

    February 1st, 2013

    @Carlos – that solution is being developed. I have designed a number of products for that and am hoping to develop in the next couple of years.

    Takes investment…. If Oshithead called off his EPA dogs….who are shutting off ALL power development, not just fossil fuels…

    I’ve had enough experience to be convinced the Osuckme administrations sole purpose is to kill America.

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  15. thirdtwin

    February 1st, 2013

    grayscape, you are right. The problem with electric cars is partly that the ones on the road today are essentially prototypes, because the R&D process has been perverted by government meddling. My avater is an early example of that phenomenon.

    The P38 was conceived in the mid 30′s, and by 1939 the amazing design, and the technological advances required to fulfill it, had resulted in one barely-tested airworthy plane which was hand-built. Naturally, the AAF decided to attempt a transcontinental speed record and promptly augered it into the ground.

    The P38 program never fully recovered from this huge setback, and the plane that Lockheed rushed into production was still full of bugs when it went operational in early 1943, almost four years after the crash of the lone prototype.

    Its performance in North Africa was middling at best, but in Europe it was abysmal as a long-range fighter escort/interceptor. It didn’t come into its own until late 1944 in the Pacific, where it excelled at long-range and low altitude fighting–after all of the bugs had been worked out in combat.

    If Lockheed had been allowed to properly and rigorously vet the design, the planes history would have been less checkered,and many pilots would have lived. But this was wartime, so corners were cut because of government demands. There is no excuse or reason to do that now with electric cars

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  16. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 1st, 2013

    Electric car have been around since the early 1900′S and were marketed into the early 1930′S. The main draw was the relative ease of operation. Most early cars did not have electric starters and had to be hand cranked to start. This can be difficult and many electrics were marketed to women touting ease of operation. As with today’s electrics, range was a limiting factor as was recharging time. The batteries were of the extremely heavy acid/lead type.

    Here’s a shocker, the market place determined that they were not a practical alternative to the internal combustion cars and trucks of the day.

    Today’s electrics have certainly come a long way but for many reasons are still not more desirable then their gasoline powered brothers to the buying public in general.

    If you want an electric car, go buy one but don’t ask me to help pay for it with re-bates and tax credits.

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  17. Bad Brad

    February 2nd, 2013

    Electricity is over rated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XES5L5GYF7o
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