and that point right there is why it bugs me when people were advocating letting the auto industry wither away.. there's a HUGE amount of intellectual capital and industrial potential that simply wouldn't exist without the auto industry.
Pretty sure Ford is profitable as of now? (and probably GM as well)
pure electric cars are doing no such thing, at all. the absolute number of luxury cars vs pure electric.. really? For every Tesla (and that's who you're talking about in the pure electric space) you'll see hundreds of BMW, Mercedes, and their ilk.
As for point C, 1k miles on a charge, I think that would be about the trade-off to justify a recharge time measured in hours (barring ubiquitous battery swapping services). In my gas powered car, i can drive about 450 miles, and then spend 15 minutes filling it up, where i can drive off into the sunset for another 450 miles. It's that level of convenience/range that people will need in order to get around that mental roadblock of range anxiety (even if the
Don't get me wrong, i'd love a tesla, and i like the idea of a pure electric (or at worst, a car with a Volt-like drivetrain.) -- I just don't think they're ready to completely overtake gasoline powered cars as the standard.
those are called 'condoms'?
from a previous story, how would you handle the quick charging of electric vehicles en masse? In the power grid's current form, this would probably end less than well. It'll be a long while until gasoline is so expensive that updating the power grid to handle electric cars makes sense.
(IMHO) It's more likely that we'll see cars that become increasingly lighter, more fuel efficient, more hybridized (or similar to the volt in drivetrain).
but the pure electric car isn't going to be ready until a) massive updates to the power grid b) swappable batteries c) battery tech that lets cars go 500-1000 miles on a charge.
That's about what that sentence sounded like to me =/
From what I understand the dutch and germans approach this in a pretty novel and effective way. Basically companies will hire 'interns' out of HS, and give them hands on training that amounts to university level learning, in exchange for long term employment.
the company gets able, well trained individuals, and the employees get free training (and no soul crushing debt) with a modicum of job security.
Though clearly the better way is to outsource or bring in h1b's.. that whole having a well functioning society with a vibrant middle class is sooo 1950's. =/
Yeah, I lived in AZ for about 18 months and was a absolutely bewildered by the number of different plates.
I get revenue generation and money being tight and all that.. but you should be able to tell at a quick cursory glance what state a plate is from.