Friday, July 11, 2008

End of the Gas Car. A Business Case.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read more details at Time:

If the Prius is the only gas/electric hybrid now economical, and the other hybrids are _still_ a bad deal even at $4/gallon, then consumers need a shove to buy electric (gun pointing at head).

So tiny Israel, which makes my home state of Vermont look like Texas, is experimenting. Good. Let's see how their experiment goes.

So the key is to

a) eliminate competition through discriminatory tax policies (not exactly how Edison and Westinghouse competed);

b) hand this over to a sole company?

c) And limit travel to 100 miles? Are they serious? In the USA?

On a positive note, the Israelis have time to rejuice on Saturdays: my family's Jewish cousin (Tel Aviv) tells me they State won't allow car insurance to cover travel on Saturdays (sabbath-breaking, you know).

Municipal wi-fi was all the rage a few years ago and now those cities are trying to dump their unserviceable obsolescent system on a depressed market.

We had taxes to overcome the digital divide but -- voila! -- the "digital divide" disappeared through competition (latest study shows virtually no difference between black and white Internet access).

I'm near Missouri, so "show me." Where does the electricity come from? Nuclear? We should pursue that option but won't because of the Greens. In general the enviros will regulate any such massive initiative to death. Gee, the Greens in Vermont wanted to let the old nuclear power plant expire but that meant getting hydro power from Quebec. Very cheap but the aesthetics of _wires_. NIMBY.

I'll look up the Brookings study for more details. I just hope the U.S. taxpayers aren't on the hook for the Israeli experiment since we send so much money to them. And how much nuclear energy does Israel use compared to the USA? Here's a win-win: They buy nuclear electricity from Iran! Love, peace and wattage. I hear the mullahs are building some "atoms for peace" well underground (for insulation purposes, obviously).

And I looked for the fine print in the stories: Yup, battery technology is still going nowhere. Yes, it's because of a Detroit conspiracy (cough, cough) but if technology of the consumable is going nowhere, the 100 mile barrier is a real limit, as are all the above limitations.

But, hey, go ahead and _make_ me buy: $60K versus zero?? There IS a free lunch!!

j bean