Date: 27 Jan 2006 16:59:38 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: SaabUSA Biopower survey

On Fri, 27 Jan 2006 16:51:38 GMT, seog <> wrote: > "SG" <> wrote in message > >> >> Please answer truthfully, let's hope this helps to ensure that the Saab >> Biopower becomes available. >> >> >> > > Too little, too late. If they really wanted to make a difference instead of > a token gesture they'd produce a solar/plug-in/hybrid/biodiesel. But of > course they don't. Right. Because a solar car is practical, is that it? Tell me, what power density can we expect from sunlight, please? Kindly compare this to the surface area available, and the power needed to move a street-legal car down the road. Or, I'll save you the math. There's not enough energy in sunlight, even if you had a 100% efficient solar panel, to power a safe, streetable car. It just isn't there. Plugin? Great, if you drive 10 miles a day. Next? Hybrid biodiesel. Now we're talking. A diesel/electric hybrid would let people use the existing fuel infrastructure, give the industry more experience with electrical drive systems, and would get us to a point where we can start paying farmers to farm, instead of giving that money to people in parts of the world where they want to kill us. Yes, that seems like a good approach. Plugins, solar cars, and hydrogen, are just distractions.

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