"Solar gets cheaper and cheaper every year, regardless of government funding." I don't think regardless means what you think it means.
The same way Velcro got cheaper regardless of government funding? Because Velcro always existed in mass on the market.
Or how vaccines get cheaper regardless of government funding? Everyone knows the smart money waits until you really really really need something before you pay a research lab to invent the thing you actually needed yesterday.>/p>
Thank goodness for those hippie scientists getting tax dollars, eventually becoming our very professional NREL, so that you (Joe Taxpayer) can install panels on your ranch style home for under $3/W today.
Now that EVERY car manufacturer in the world has announced plans for electric models, some rather aggressively like VW, maybe it is possible that throwing out years of American investment would have been a loss to the country?
1979 was the peak for Corvette sales at 53,807, and have declined every year since.
The Volt just passed 53K units
The Volt did outsell the Corvette in 2012, and is doing even better in 2013... Volume with a profitable car, vs profit on few Halo cars?
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/06/volt-v-vette/ or http://insideevs.com/monthly-plug-in-sales-scorecard/
1) car must be running on gas already becuase of:
A) battery is "empty" or
B) user selected to use gas, despite range still on the battery (ie: "hold" or "mountain" modes)
2) You must be cruising at high speed within a very limited range
Since the car is electric, it is basically ALWAYS running off the battery. When the gas engine kicks on to generate electricity it is clutched into the smaller of the two motors, the larger motor is connected to the ring gear to drive the car. SOMETIMES it is more efficient (in this special tiny window) to bypass the energy conversion (mechanical->electrical->mechanical) and use some of the mechancial energy directly. Note I said "some" as the car is still generating juice as well. Friggin genius that they can balance everything that way.
Just as in the Prius and other parallel hybrids, the high torque electric motors provide the short duration boost on acceleration so that the gas engine doesn't have to ramp up to provide it. But in the Volt's case, the gas engine isn't MADE to be able to pull the car entirely by itself anyway, so if you floor it the gas engine just disconnects and goes back to generation duties. The car goes to native 100% electric propulsion and just zooms away without you ever knowing all the machinations going on under the hood.
The volt is a GREAT car. The amount of engineering they put into it boggles the mind. Take the NFC brake rotors that don't rust. They bake steel rotors in an oven the size of a bus, with all the air evacuated and replaced with Nitrogen at about 500 degress for a 24hr period. Why does that matter you ask? Because with the industry-leading regenerative braking efficiency my first brake pad replacement should be around 100K miles.
Also, you can see the Thermally Managed battery pack evolve in the new Spark EV, and the Cadillac ELR, the first of many more EV models coming out. Nissan thought they could get by with the Leaf but has had to replace entire car packs in extreme climates like AZ. GM did it right and warranty their packs for 8 yrs/100K miles. Longer than most transmissions! Solid engineering - the reliability stats on the Volt are off the charts. Volts have racked up nearly 200 MILLION miles, the experimental phase is over.
The Volt has all the advantages of a battery car: quick, responsive, quiet, cheap - 25% the cost to run, no stupid serpintine belts, super low maintenance..
And it fixes the BIG drawback to EVs... range anxiety. I drive it from Dallas to Amarillo multiple times a year, did Austin in the summer.
Also, EVs benefit from modern design and are SUPER safe compared to almost all gas cars. 10 airbags (including knee airbags) in the Volt.
While I go all electric as often as I can, I still do buy 8 gallons of gas about every 6 weeks due to my new job commute. Before that I worked closer to home and I went almost 3 months without burning ANY gas at all! Still on track to save $1,200 year in fuel costs (I have avoided 420 gallons of fuel in only 9 months).
Are great products relevant? Poor advertising is one thing, but sales are ramping up year-on-year so I'm not worried. Go drive one for a day, spend hours on the internet reading up on the tech, then maybe you'll have a better perspective on relevancy.
"including the ability to directly cut and paste document items directly into emails and have it fully handled and look and behave perfectly".
Sorry, but I can't stop laughing at this to post long enough to post a real reply. Let's just say that hasn't been my experience. Especially when you remeber microsoft's definition of cross platform is it works on both Vista AND win7. Maybe if 100% of all servers, clients and OS were all the same versions? I guess that rules out macs, iphones, androids, etc. PLEASE. The larger the enterprise the worse the fragmentation gets.
I keep reading the full paper (+points for publishing the whole thing!) and have yet to hit upon the definition of the word "accurate" they are using to measure the results. Apparently that is contained inside their previous paper with no direct link. On page 3 though, Perl is described as "A well-known commercial programming language". Really? C# is a commercial language, Perl is an Open Source language with wide commercial adoption that has evolved or the years into several distinct beasts.
So - his loyalty (to his workers) engendered similar loyalty in turn (to him). I wouldn't have sacrificed the pay cut for just anyone. Everyone benefited from it. And oh yes, I got that $10K added back to my salary within 2 yrs. I would do that again.
But despite the fact loyalty does work... that doesn't seem to be the position you are in. Right? If you can leave cleanly, do it. They will survive just fine and you will be remembered as the miracle worker that built it from scratch.