Comments on: Back to the Future goes electric http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/18/back-to-the-future-goes-electric/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: lars_hansen http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/18/back-to-the-future-goes-electric/comment-page-1/#comment-348568 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:20:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=20288#comment-348568 Electrical cars are, of course, only as environmentally friendly as the the fuel that powers then, the materials that are made of, the way they’re produces, and the way that they get recycled.

Most of the focus on the fuel that the cars use, how much work is done to reduce the environmental impact of the production.

Lars Hansen
http://www.100solutions.com/dan/

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By: ANMcCaff http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/18/back-to-the-future-goes-electric/comment-page-1/#comment-348563 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:23:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=20288#comment-348563 7:00 pm EDT

SS>What do electric cars accomplish?

Depends where you live and what you wanna do with them. For a few places, like NYC, they make a lot of sense, for a lot of places they don’t at all, but most people don’t live or drive there. Still kinda marginal of dispersed suburbs.

SS>How is the majority of electricity made? OIL.

Oil, or to use your dialect, OIL, makes about one percent of the US electricity, about the same amount as is make from burning wood and trash. It’s been decades since petroleum was a major player in the electric business; coal, nukes, natural gas, and “biomass” -waste and wood- all produce more electricity than oil.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annu al/showtext.cfm?t=ptb0804b

SS>Where does the oil come from?

Back in the day when oil was a big part of electricity generation, we used to be a new exporter.

SS> So all the money goes to mohammed.

When did Venezuela go Moslem?

SS> Until we start drilling our own oil, nothing SS>changes.

We do drill our own oil; if we didn’t use it like it was water we’d still be exporting the stuff.

SS>As for all the clean air freaks, want to make a SS>difference, then deliver natural gas to every home in SS>the Northeast and get them off of oil.

All household use of oil is a drop in the bucket.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annu al/perspectives.cfm

SS>Everyone will breathe easier and put Americans to SS>work. We have more natural gas than the middle east SS>has oil.

Something does stink alright; it smells of snake oil.

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By: somethingstinks http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/18/back-to-the-future-goes-electric/comment-page-1/#comment-348559 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:00:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=20288#comment-348559 What do electric cars accomplish? How is the majority of electricity made? OIL. Where does the oil come from? So all the money goes to mohammed. Until we start drilling our own oil, nothing changes. As for all the clean air freaks, want to make a difference, then deliver natural gas to every home in the Northeast and get them off of oil. Everyone will breathe easier and put Americans to work. We have more natural gas than the middle east has oil.

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By: byrond http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/18/back-to-the-future-goes-electric/comment-page-1/#comment-348558 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:30:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=20288#comment-348558 Concerting sporty, relatively small older cars is actually an extremely good idea, primarily because the latest electric motors and batteries can be installed in cars that do not need to qualify for current crash standards. This should save companies that make such cars an incredible amount of money and R&D. Older cars may also weigh much less because they don’t have all the current safety equipment/construction. Frankly I now wonder if new electric cars have any hope at all compared to retrofitted cars. Old cars need new engines and transmission anyway, and can probably be purchased for $500, so essentially nothing. If kits can be made for specific easy-to-find models, then installation will be highly streamlined. I can see it now, the Pep Boys special, electric car retrofitting.

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By: WillKiller http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/10/18/back-to-the-future-goes-electric/comment-page-1/#comment-348556 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:24:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=20288#comment-348556 The main hook for the DeLorean brand name is it’s Sci-Fi cred for being “The Back to the Future Car”. Stick with that theme.

Replace the stainless steel exterior with solar panels. See if the same people who’d pay 100K for an electric sports car would be detered by the new look.

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