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Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 483

The batteries will not in fact last as long as the gas engine will in a normal car.

Pure BS, the battery packs in the first generation Prius were good to hundreds of thousands of miles, far beyond the average ICE, and battery tech has only advanced since then.

As far as the greenness, that depends on where you are, a Prius plugin run in San Fran produces .06g/mi of NOx, well below the CARB limit for ICE vehicles and the CO2 per mile is also lower than almost every ICE vehicle. If you throw up some solar panels then the NOx per mile is nearly zero as is the CO2 (there is most likely some embedded pollution in the panels but with an eROI of months and a panel life of decades it's going to be negligible). The batteries can be almost 100% recycled, Toyota has a significant bounty on the old packs and still turns a profit on their recycling program.

Comment Re: Waaaahhhhh!! (Score 2, Insightful) 688

Linus has been acting that way since the beginning, in fact since Matthew Garrett is 22 Linus has been acting that way since before he was born. Linus's behavior is not an existential threat to the project since it's one of the most successful projects in human history despite the fact that he has always acted like that.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Well, the average working age American drives 15,300 miles per year and the average vehicle in the US fleet is 11.5 years old so the average car right now has ~175,000 miles on it, going 40% longer than the average hardly seems remarkable. If it was still the 1970's or early 80's where anything over 100k miles would most likely require a rebuild then sure 250k miles would be remarkable but with modern engines it's just not.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

How is 250k miles remarkable? I drove 3 Taurus/Sables to 225-250k miles, all were equipped with the 24v 3.0 V6 which is a highly reliable engine. In fact my old Mazda MPV with the same engine is still on the road with that engine and just went over 220k miles despite hauling a heavier load than the Taurus it was designed for.

Comment Re: How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Ford's been repaying that loan at ~$465M per quarter and will have it payed off in 2022. They are paying US Treasury interest rates which are just below current market rates for large credit worthy companies. There's little doubt that it was a good deal at the time the loan was made but it's hardly the same as the bailouts of GM and Chrysler.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

VW has ONE plant in the US, the Chattanooga Assembly Plant which employs ~3,000 US workers. VW claims more than 9,500 indirect supplier employees. That's nothing like the huge supply chains here to supply Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda. Heck, tiny little Nissan employs almost that many directly with just their Smyrna plant.

Comment Re:The real guilty party (Score 1) 494

The US standards are very strict about the emissions per unit of fuel consumed, rather than the total emissions per unit of distance traveled

What ever are you prattling on about, the EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 standards apply to all cars and light truck models regardless of engine type, and they call out pollution per mile (.07g/mi for NOx for the entire fleet over 10 years and 120k miles).

Comment Re:BMW also... (Score 1) 494

That's odd since the BMW X5 35D in the UWV report that kicked off the probe of VW was well below the EPA levels in the combined testing, there were individual circuits where the X5 exceeded the fleet average limit by some multiple (it was the urban cycle in San Fran from what I remember of reading the report last week) but the overall level was well below the limit.

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