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Nov 17, 2004

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Carlos

I agree on the fuel dependency side of fuel cell cars. Still, there is a huge advance on contamination when you take it away from the cities. A bit like garbage: it doesn´t disapear from earth, it disapears from your house and gets gathered some place else.
This makes garbage management and recycling good business. The same should go on "maintaing one (or many) big power plant(s) instead of many little small cars, which rarely get maintainance and are far from their efficient fossil/energy consumption.

jeff

I think what bothers me about the entire hybrid car craze is that it's single minded in focus, almost to the degree that everything will be okay if we all just drive hybrid cars. Bothers me because the mileage statistics just don't add up to the hype, a hybrid Honda Civic does incrementally better than the non-hybrid version.

Imagine the aggregate fuel savings we would achieve by doing the following:
1) tax incentive to take old cars off the road and replace them with newer, more efficient ones
2) equip all new vehicles with tire-pressure monitoring and self-inflation systems
3) encourage diesel technology, and implement low-sulfur diesel fuels earlier than the current plan
4) emmission requirements for farm and industrial diesel machinery (which President Bush did mandate)

and then ask if the incremental fuel savings would be greater than the current fleet of hybrid cars being sold? But this should not be about one versus the other, but rather a package of developments all moving forward at one time.

The move to allow hybrid cars to use HOV lanes also pisses me off, c'mon HOV lanes are intended to take cars off the road, not simply to put more fuel efficient single passenger drivers on the road.

But back to the fuel cell topic, I fundamentally believe it will happen and the results will be a giant step forward. Producing hydrogen through electricity is more attractive than the current model of producing energy by burning a hydrocarbon. We also have more options to produce electricity with other energy forms (dare I say nuclear). If only we could figure out a way to broadly store and release on demand electricity we would conquer another obstacle in the system.

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