Skip to comments.'Father of the Prius' Declares Electric Cars 'Not Viable'
Posted on 02/04/2013 2:10:43 PM PST by PJ-Comix
Hybrid car pioneer and father of the Prius Takeshi Uchiyamada says the billions poured into developing battery electric vehicles have ultimately been in vain. "Because of its shortcomings--driving range, cost and recharging time--the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars," said Uchiyamada. "We need something entirely new."
Uchiyamadas comments come as the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that the government is backing off President Barack Obamas promise to put one million electric cars on American roads by 2015. As Breitbart News reported last September, there are just 30,000 electric cars on American roads.
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Hell, I only gradiated from the third grade twice and I coulda tole y’all that.
That episode is right up their with the Whale Wars one.
At least the oceans stopped rising and the planet started cooling. Thanks Obama!
there are just 30,000 electric cars on American roads...
Yes, and how much did these 30,000 pieces of crap cost us American Taxpayers.
Ya gotta respect a man who admits defeat!
Yes, but this comment makes me nervous:
“...the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Uchiyamada. “We need something entirely new.”
Hmmm...Will that something new involve another Obama money laundering adventure?
No, too much estrogen involved....
In Bar Harbor, ME, there is a city-owned fleet of buses that run on propane. (Or maybe it’s natural gas.) Riding the bus is free to the public.
Sure, but gasoline is still a better and cheaper alternative. Always will be. The only successful places for electric vehicles are golf courses, Costco warehouses (electric forklifts), and amusement parks (bumper cars). Anywhere else, you're burning oil, coal, or natural gas to create the electricity to charge the batteries and it would simply make more sense just to burn gasoline.
Batteries need to get better and cheaper.
Then it will be a viable alternative.
At the start of the electric car craze, a friend opined that “We need to put everything into electric cars because we’re on the cutting edge of a big energy storage break through!”
I asked if we really wanted to “bet the farm” against technology that does not exist.
You remember when full service stations existed?
Most kids today will ask: Full Service, what are you talking about? They have no idea.
I was working in one at age 15 and did it all.
You must be over 40.
Yea, I pumped gas at 16.
Oddly enough if you grew up in NJ, you may have a problem pumping your own gas.
Self-service is not allowed in NJ.
It’s there as long as the flywheel spins. But that system is very specialized — just meant to store energy from braking for long enough to use it when the officials turn on the green light.
You can find lots of links on a search of KERS.
My own electric motor scooter actually uses regenerative braking to store energy — but as electrical energy in the batteries, not as mechanical energy.
Some KERS systems do or did use battery storage, I guess.
I thought the Green light was to allow the rear down force wing to open when the “Chasing car” was within the set parameters.
The KERS power, I thought was accessible for acceleration?
Turbines (at least ones that get reasonable fuel economy) need to run at extremely high temperatures. That requires very expensive alloy metals which are really only affordable for aircraft where the low weight of the powerplant is vital.
They change the rules every year. I don’t follow closely — may have both aerodynamic and mechanical boost systems.
FIA rules are insane.
I remember when Nigel Mansel drove for Ferrari, with an automatic transmission.
He crushed the field and they changed the rules, again.
Well, since obama disagrees with a top electric car engineer/scientist, the obama is anti-science. Ah, that is music to my ears. "Obama is Anti-Science!"
That was in the '70s or so.
Keep clicking on "next."
A guy in our neighborhood had one of those and drove it by every morning where I waited for my bus to school. Very cool sound as it went by.
I found a copy of this same brochure in great shape and I still have it.