Carbon Motors was started by former Ford executives and a former Bear Stearns executive. One of those companies is bankrupt and gone, the other is
losing millions of dollars a month. How much faith would you place in the leadership abilities of these men?
The Advisory Board includes former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. Ridge is also the CEO of his own company
Ridge Global, a consulting firm. A blurb on their website states:
Ridge Global provides strategic consulting services that advance the security and economic interests of businesses and governments
Cue in the E7. A purpose-built squad car boasting a number of high tech systems. The list of features include armored front doors and dashboards
(capable of stopping 9-mm rounds) and forward-looking infrared cameras (FLIR), license plate recognition camera, a WMD sniffer machine in the trunk,
and head up display. The price tag for such a vehicle: $70,000+
Does law enforcement need this type of vehicle? Especially in these economic hard times, it seems to me like this is overkill to some extent. Then
again, with the government anticipating having to deal with "domestic terrorists," I wouldn't be surprised if police forces across the US start
rolling out these urban armoured surveillance vehicles. Is Carbon Motors just trying to capitalize on the current atmosphere of fear to make a
Ridge Global will be advancing the interests of business and government. Who is advancing the interests of the population?
What are your thoughts on this?
The E7 would go from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph, and a slew of humble-sounding improvements, like seats that can
accommodate radios and other bulky equipment. According to Li, the E7 would start in the high-20s, climbing up to as much as $70,000 with options like
license-plate-reading cameras and even WMD sensors. In the long run, the E7 could prove more cost-effective than current patrol cars: Carbon Motors
claims it will be 40 percent more fuel efficient, with a life span of 250,000 miles (most models used as police cars are expected to last for 70,000
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