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it is hard to beat gasoline for public and environmental health. The key is where the electricity comes from. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas.
Hybrids and diesels are cleaner than gas
With lithium recycling in its infancy, there is currently no main recycling infrastructure in the world that treats only automotive Li-ion batteries.
originally posted by: Axial Leader
I don't think people are buying Tesla because they are green.
At $100,000 for the Tesla Roadster, by the time you can afford that car, you have probably done so much damage to the environment that the little bitty savings you are going to get by driving a Tesla is of no consequence.
It takes a lot of BTUs to earn $100,000 discretionary income. In most cases. I would say.
No -- I think people are buying Tesla's because they are cool cars and neck snapping fast.
I rode in a Tesla the other day. It was a great car. For the luxury minded only. I would like one myself, but I would probably just by a cheaper more practical car in the end.
The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. For Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons and make the car go.
The Air Car, called the "Mini CAT" could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $8,177 US. Air conditioner and all..
The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air. A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car. One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car. Which are not many.
The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.
There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket. According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100 KM, that's about a tenth the cost of a car running on gas. Its mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists. The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels. Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors. A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees ($1.78 CAD!) and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers.
This car can also be filled at home with it's on board compressor. It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.
Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 liter of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles. Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.
originally posted by: raymundoko
a reply to: Sovaka
I'm not sure why you think your option is doing much...maybe they trick you with feel good blurbs to make you think you're doing more than you are...I guess it's working?