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  • A Saab Story for Liberals

    12/18/2009 7:43:03 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 17 replies · 1,091+ views
    Political Lore Blog ^ | December 18th, 2009 | Josh Painter
    With the announcement today by Government Motors (GM) that it's closing the books, the last chapters of which are written in red ink, on the cult-car Saab brand, the delightfully irreverent car blog Jalopnik asks, "What Will Latté-Swilling Liberal Northeasterners Drive Now?" Actually, now that Saab has gone the way of Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Plymouth, one of Jalopnik's readers asked the question, and blogger Matt Hardigree recommended a used Saab, a Volvo Wagon or a Subaru Legacy. Apologies, but that just won't do. That won't do at all. A used Saab is simply out of the question. Used cars are...
  • The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius.

    10/19/2009 8:10:28 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 25 replies · 1,208+ views
    The report alleges that Toyota exploits guest workers, mostly shipped in from China and Vietnam. According to the NLC, these workers are “stripped of their passports and often forced to work — including at subcontract plants supplying Toyota — 16 hours a day, seven days a week, while being paid less than half the legal minimum wage.” Workers are forced to live in company dormitories and deported for complaining about poor treatment, the report finds.
  • Toyota's Prius threatened by probe

    10/08/2009 2:43:31 PM PDT · by TruthBeforeAll · 39 replies · 2,320+ views
    MSN Money ^ | Oct 07 2009 | Kim Peterson
    Could the Prius and other Toyota hybrids be banned from the U.S.? It seems unthinkable, but that's one possible ending to a patent investigation launched this week. This case centers around Paice, a tiny Florida company that has patented a way to apply force to a car's wheels from the electric motor or the internal combustion engine.
  • Waterboard me, but don't make me watch that Prius commercial again...!!!

    09/13/2009 7:02:56 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 50 replies · 2,263+ views
    NBC Sports | Sept 13, 2009 | BC
    Q: Are you tempted to get out the shotgun and blow a large smoking hole in the middle of your flatscreen TV if you are forced to watch that damned Prius commercial one more time?? You know the one I mean....
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms

    08/31/2009 8:58:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 2,448+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/09 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world's dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells. Worldwide demand for rare earths, covering 15 entries on the periodic table of elements, is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tonnes annually in several years unless...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Electric cars forced to make noise

    07/07/2009 1:44:44 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 28 replies · 750+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 7, 2009 | Danielle Demetriou
    The silent hum of hybrid petrol-electric vehicles, which recently became number one best-selling cars in Japan, has been deemed dangerous to pedestrians, in particular the visually impaired. When switched from fuel to battery mode, the vehicles make a barely perceptible noise, prompting campaigners to urge the installation of noise devices to prevent accidents. A new government panel of scholars, consumers, police, vision-impaired groups and automobile industry leaders has been formed in Japan to discuss whether the eco-friendly cars should be installed with compulsory noise-making devices. "We have received opinions from automobile users and vision-impaired people that they feel hybrid vehicles...
  • Prius Stretch Limo Achieves 50mpg and Seats 8

    06/18/2009 2:16:57 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 1,468+ views
    He did not use solar cells in his modification, but managed to stretch out his Prius and insert a row of seating to accommodate all his children. The result is a Prius SUV Limo contraption. I sure as hell would rather see this thing rolling around town instead of a gas guzzling juggernaut such as the stretch Hummer! This would probably catch on pretty well for the environmentalist hedonists in Portland. Lobbyists might actually feel good renting these things out to ferry legislators around the state or city. Apparently the car still is able to achieve 50mpg! From the guy...
  • We Don’t Need Obama To Tell Us What Cars We Want

    05/19/2009 4:51:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies · 1,415+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Maybe it’s my inner rebellious child, but it bugs me to be told what I want. And if there’s anyone I don’t want telling me that, it’s some do-gooder from the government. So when Carol Browner made the morning show rounds today, claiming that Pres. Obama’s new, higher MPG standards are “giving Americans the cars they want,” it really got under my skin. Oh, and then of course there’s the little thing about what she said being . . . demonstrably false. View video here.
  • You Don't Play Chicken When You Drive A Prius ....

    05/15/2009 8:31:24 AM PDT · by astyanax · 9 replies · 785+ views
    True North ^ | 15 May 2009 | Andy Aplikowski
    You Don't Play Chicken When You Drive A Prius .... .... especially when the other guy has a garbage truck. Here's the response from Rep. Tim Sanders (R 51A) to the Governor's decision to unallot to solve the budget gap left by Democratic leaders in the Legislature. This afternoon, Governor Tim Pawlenty announced there will be no special session and no government shutdown. According to the Governor, the 2009 session will definitely end Monday night at midnight. The governor has decided to take the bills the DFL majority has put on his desk, line-item veto in some places, and sign...

    05/03/2009 3:34:18 AM PDT · by NTHockey · 72 replies · 2,105+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 3,2009 | Dan Neil
    The Energy Department could spend its billions the old-school way. Or it could try the direct approach: 2 million new hybrid drivers per year. A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
  • The Flip Side of the Perfect Prius

    04/27/2009 3:05:31 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies · 2,216+ views ^ | April 21, 2009 | Paul Knight
    Sometimes the cars accelerate on their own. Sometimes they stop dead. Drivers of the hybrid Prius have discovered they can be an unexpected adventure. Bobette Riner publishes an electricity index used to promote renewable energy, and she bought a brand-new Prius last year to shoot the bird at the oil companies. Elizabeth James says her Prius surged out of control near Lawson, Colorado, sending her plunging into a river. "I felt so smug for a while," she says. "Especially being in Houston." She had been lucky to score the car from a dealership on Houston's south side, because for nearly...
  • Urban Mass Transit vs. the Prius…Prius wins

    03/30/2009 6:03:08 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 1 replies · 341+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | March, 30, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The CATO Institute published a study last year comparing the major modes of urban mass transit. Using government statistics they calculated energy usage and carbon emissions for each mode. The interesting conclusion was that passenger cars and the average of all forms of transit use about the same amount of
  • Al Gore flunks physics at UC Berkeley

    03/19/2009 6:52:29 AM PDT · by slomark · 6 replies · 1,127+ views
    According to the latest issue of Forbes, Professor Richard Muller tools around uber liberal Berkeley in a Toyota Pirus. Nothing out of place here, right? Wrong. “It doesn’t save me money,” he explains. “It doesn’t help slow global warming. I just love the technology.” Muller, named a MacArthur genius in 1982, goes even further. He scoffs at the greens’ favorite energy theories....
  • Jodie Foster busted for hybrid hypocrisy

    03/01/2009 5:49:54 PM PST · by slomark · 28 replies · 1,764+ views
    Jodie Foster was pulled over in Beverly Hills last week for speeding. Police said the movie star’s politically-correct Prius was clocked doing 54 in a 35 mile per hour zone. To make it even better, the whole thing was caught on tape by a crew of “Speeders,” a truTV reality show. According to the New York Post, “Foster refused...
  • Reality check on plug-in cars

    02/25/2009 7:54:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies · 1,733+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 22, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    Remember last spring, when Seattle's mayor rolled out the city's first car that could be "filled at the plug instead of the pump?" It's called a plug-in hybrid. They are all the green rage — "possibly the most sought-after technological innovation since Captain Kirk first flipped open his communicator," says The New York Times. You may have seen the city's cars around town, painted with an eye-catching claim on the rear bumper: "This plug-in hybrid gets 100+mpg." Also, a greener boast: "150+City MPG!" Not exactly, it turns out. Not even close. Try 51 miles per gallon, city and highway combined....
  • Can a FReeper buy a hybrid?

    02/24/2009 9:03:46 AM PST · by cartervt2k · 118 replies · 1,510+ views
    I'm in the market for a new car. Hybrids have always intrigued me from a gadget and gas-thrift standpoint, but I'd certainly like to not mistaken for the self-righteous, eco-charlatan liberal who normally drives one. That's right, the same people who pretend to engage the downtrodden driving an uber high-mileage car that only a well-off person could afford. (I suppose a "Protected by Glock" bumper sticker would be enough to dispel any false assumptions.) Of course, the common-sense conservative approach tells me to buy a compact that gets only about 10 fewer MPG's but costs over $10K less...all without the...
  • Sharp fall in hybrid vehicles sales as US tightens belt [“The lower gas prices are, the tougher....]

    01/01/2009 5:00:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 1,759+ views
    Sharp fall in hybrid vehicles sales as US tightens belt By Bernard Simon in Toronto Published: January 1 2009 23:31 | Last updated: January 1 2009 23:31 Americans’ appetite for hybrid cars is evaporating as tumbling fuel prices and tighter household budgets trump environmental concerns. The sudden reversal in what was, until a few months ago, one of the hottest segments of the world’s biggest car market creates a new area of uncertainty for carmakers, such as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor and Honda, that are investing heavily in hybrids and other fuel-efficient technologies. Industry executives, including Alan Mulally, Ford’s...
  • Prius Battery Change is No Big Deal

    01/01/2009 3:59:35 PM PST · by decimon · 93 replies · 2,350+ views
    Toyota Open Road Blog ^ | Dec. 29, 2008 | Jon F. Thompson
    > And you also should know that the battery packs are available from any Toyota dealer. The MSRP for a battery pack for a first-generation Prius is $2,299, while the MSRP for the battery pack for the second-generation cars, those from the 2004-2008 model-years, is $2,588. >