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EVcast #53: Interview with Robert Q. Riley

Monday, August 11th 2008 @ 2:14 PM (not yet rated)    post viewed 43712 times

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John Briggs
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JohnBriggs said on Monday, August 11th 2008 @ 2:55 PM:

This article

http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/08/01/massachusetts-revokes-zap-xebra-registrations/

suggests that three wheeled vehicles are fine in Massachusetts as long as they only can contain one passenger.

<a href="http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/08/01/massachusetts-revokes-zap-xebra-registrations/"> http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/08/01/massachusetts-revokes-zap-xebra-registrations/</a>

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John Briggs
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JohnBriggs said on Monday, August 11th 2008 @ 3:40 PM:

Bo,
   It seems pretty clear that Aptera will be making their cars in the USA (not China).  They have a YouTube video showing the factory in California.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ogy6_KHE4A

Thanks
John

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John Briggs
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JohnBriggs said on Monday, August 11th 2008 @ 4:51 PM:

A123 Systems

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1167178/000104746908008964/a2186822zs-1.htm

In 2007

$73.7 mil total expenses including G&A (which skyrocketed in 2007)
$42.8 mil revenue from all sources (product and contract R&D)

$31.0 mil net loss.

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Paul Cummings
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PaulCummings said on Monday, August 11th 2008 @ 9:21 PM:

Hi again guys!  A couple of things to chat about. First, about using diesel- it is supposed to get better gas mileage, but right now it is also about 80 cents MORE per gallon, negating the gain in mileage.  However, I believe you could also use the same engine to burn bio-diesel, so this gives you an option to burn alternative fuel- i.e. grease from the fryer!
 Second- what is it with Bo always picking on us poor Texans!  Now, according to Bo, we Texans are all fat, cigar-chomping, longhorn-topped-Cadilac-driving, tobacco-chewing Oil Tycoons!  Nothing could be further than the truth (well, except maybe the fat part, but I'm working on it;-) Next time, pick on Oklahoma- the Sooners there deserve to be picked on anyway!
 As for the A123 IPO- there was some interesting speculation at the GM Volt site: whether this was an indicator of an upcoming announcement from GM, whether A123 was just applying for the IPO in the event they do get the contract, or whether this was a go with or without GM because of contracts with DeWalt and Black & Decker tools, and having already been chosen to power the upcoming Th!nk Cars.
 And lastly, good interview- I know I have mentioned this before, but hearing from others as they foray into the brave new EV world really lends depth to the picture we are trying to glean from the News and other sources- not least of which is the EVCAST of course!

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John Briggs
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JohnBriggs said on Tuesday, August 12th 2008 @ 7:55 AM:

Bo,
   This was a great interview.

    Looking around at the guy's website, he has dozens of on-line plans (designs) that he is selling and has been selling since the 1970s.  Interesting business, interesting guy.

    One point I would like to put out about Diesel

10% more energy in a gallon of diesel than in a gallon of gasoline
20-30% less energy in ethanol than gasoline

We should just know that not all fuels have the same energy per gallon.  I also understand that diesels are more efficient which adds to the benefit of more energy per gallon.  Oh, then subtract the current price disadvantage.

Later, keep up the good work.

John

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Bill Berggren
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BillBerggren said on Sunday, August 17th 2008 @ 8:55 PM:

IMHO the air car is in a way an electric car.  The compressed air stored on the car via an electric compressor.  It is stored on the the car in 3 high pressure air bottles.  Supposedly the range is over 100 miles.  The air rotary engine is rather quiet.

As for diesel according to some oil executive on tv, diesel comes from the middle of the barrel which includes fuel oil, and jet-fuel.  This part of oil is in most demand.  From what he said gasoline is accumulating in reserves.

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a guest said on Monday, March 2nd 2009 @ 3:10 PM:

I've built 2 of Mr. Rileys cars and can say without doubt that they are terrific! I am currently building a third model of his that I will power with magnets and hydraulic fluid.

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John Briggs
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JohnBriggs said on Tuesday, March 3rd 2009 @ 10:18 AM:

Dear Guest,
      Magnets and Hydraulic Fluid?  Sounds interesting. 

      But neither magnets or hydraulic fluid are an energy source.  Where does the energy come from?  Gasoline, hydrogen, electricity?

Thanks
John C. Briggs

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