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Old 02-14-2010, 07:47 PM   #11
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I don't necessarily agree with the fact that they're using batteries as we don't even need them to drive 100% electrical cars, but that'* a different story. Modifications to this car are very feasible. The fact that you can easily modify this car to make it what you so desire is a wonderful insight. Lest we forget this is a HUGE I mean HUGE step forward for car companies, you do remember they're greedy gas ****** right? Nissan is at least showing us (although an almost blind attempt, but an attempt nonetheless) that they at least care.

We need to consider at least the possibilities that this car may hold to our future. Could this be the car other car companies compete with? Perfecting each model every year. Although capitalistic in its nature we must not forget that 100% electric is still 100% electric, not a crummy hybrid. The specs are out already for this car:

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"Nissan’* CEO Carlos Ghosn today unveiled the Japanese automaker’* new zero-emission electric-car – the Nissan LEAF. The model is scheduled to be launched in late 2010 in Japan, United States and Europe. The medium-sized hatchback, which comfortably seats five adults, is powered by lithium ion cells that power the 80 kW (107-hp) electric motor with a peak torque of 208 lb-ft. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 87 mph.
Charging time takes approximately 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. However, buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes."

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Sorry, it is not the future Electric cars is not the direction we need to go. I saw a hydrogen powered car last year. It'* filled just like a normal car, has the same power as a normal car, has a 600 mile range and runs on a fuel cell. However, hydrogen is not made clean at this time. Cars like this electric car are just like the hybrids, a promotional stunt to make it look like they care. In the end, it don't mater, most people wont buy it so it really wont mater. I had a friend years ago, a electrical engineer, he had a 100% electric car about 20 years ago. He dumped it because is simply didn't pay off. It didn't then, and it wont now.
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Hybrids are far from a publicity stunt. They are here and not going away. They are made by most major manufacturers. Made in many different class models,including SUV'*. Cost comparable to existing cars in same class. Excellent resale value. And My wife is loving the 6000 miles we have racked on her new Prius that is giving a consistent 46-50 MPG. That'* real savings. Roomy, comfortable, nicely powered, economical.
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Most hybrids have only a slight if any added mileage. The geo metro got nearly 50mpg. A friend has a Ford fiesta that got 45mpg. Both normal engine cars. Many hybrids get about 30mpg. My Fiero was getting that in 1984.
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All I'm saying is that although not quite effective or efficient Nissan still just made a 100% electric vehicle, yes other companies have made them, but this car will be affordable. Where that will lead will possibly be car companies trying to perfect their methods of powering a 0 emissions vehicle. Lithium is undoubtedly expensive and not very cost effective and is disappearing slowly, but the sun is not. Solar powered cars are so fathomable it hurts. Gas powered vehicles are a thing of the past and they should stay there. Solar power is not the end all be all, mind you.

I'm still not giving my hopes up. Nissan is doing something that other major car companies are not.
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Solar power is not ready. Here is cutting edge.



And I can't see me in it. Or where to put passengers, luggage, or Beer?
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Imagine that on top of your Bonneville.

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Hell on your hood as well.. They actually have a "paint" that uses solar power.

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I also firmly believe that Solar Power and all other alternative energy is ready to be used, but will not be introduced to us all at once... gotta make that money first... right?

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Actually I heard of a car company patenting some sort of alternative energy source idea that implements it to a vehicle. They did it so no one else could use that exact method.

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I'm all for Solar Power and would love to see more research money given to panel manufacturers. But they dont have the "Lobby clout" within the government, and as you mentioned; private industry doesn't react quickly if the money isn't right there to collect.

I've been thinking about a pair of miniature donkeys and a buggy for around the rural area I live in. On wheel generators for the stereo and lights. (Amish style) Married to a Vet and have alot of grassy field. Giddyup!. I love peculiar, and that would be such!
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Solar wont work either. How do you drive at night? Nice to top of the batteries when parked, and give a little when driving, but that'* about it.
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