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March 2009 Posts
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The eBox is a conversion of the Scion xB and Scion is a division of Toyota.
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My lazy plug idea (for those who can't be bothered with searching youtube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkKAVDhCJWE
The idea already exists via radio control but this method was only $14. Neat huh?
And my apologies to (Gint or Dual85?) regarding the iMiev and the Miev. I thought they were two different vehicles but I was mislead by old photos of prototypes used in test drive articles. They are the same car as far as I can tell.
Gav, I am having trouble putting together two images in to one package. One image is an eco-friendly guy that drives an EV. The other image is a guy that wastes gasoline just to have a nice warm car to drive off in.
Personally, I have never experienced a problem getting into a car that was too cold. On the other hand, I lived in Utah (a desert state) and had a car too hot to get into. I would have to get in the car, start it, turn on the AC, get out of the car, and wait a few minutes. Otherwise, you would have to wear gloves to hold on to the steering wheel.
LaterJohn C. Briggs
P.S. another nice video
How do you expect EVs to succeed if you are going to bring on clear, level-headed, middle-of-the-road EV drivers like Mr. Papa?
Where are the radial, one-sided, "turn on a light switch you kill a child" EV people that we know and love?
People like Mr. Papa make EVs sound like a rational reasonable alternative and I, for one, cannot stand for it.
The Electric Pinto, 27 seconds
Aptera Review from Edmunds 3 minutes 30 seconds
Says October 2009 ship date in California with price from US$25K to US$40K
John! I am an eco-friendly person, but not an environmentalist. I'm a member of Greenpeace, I recycle everything and I don't waste water or power - but at the same time I like to be warm and I can't see 4 minutes of engine idling killing too many polar bears. Hehehe
I built the EV mainly to save money on gas when it was $2.20 NZ per litre ($6.50 US per Gallon) here. I was proud of the eco-benefits of my 'lead-sled' but the saved money on gas and maintenance was the main incentive.
Well Gav, if it does happen to kill the Polar bears, perhaps you can get a polar bear fur jacket to wear in the winter.
These eco-things are often a tradeoff between quality of life issues versus the ecology. One has to make their own decisions.
Anyway, it is still 0 deg C here is Massachusetts, so I hope the cold moves quickly to your hemisphere. The whole global warming thing isn't working for me today.
I agree with Gav. The main reason I plan to build an EV is to use that "EV GRIN' past the service stations. I am saving to build a family EV with enough range and power to tow a 1300kg caravan 150kms.
I plan to be saving for a long time as there is no change of an EV in Australia for a long time (unless Better Place have plans sooner....)
To John Briggs,
Thanks for all the credit of being considered level headed and middle of the road:)
Dont worry though, since I am the only one in CT driving a GEM and providing testimony in Hartford about NEVs/EVs I am viewed as the radical you were hoping for.......
It will not be mainstream for a long time, but it has to start somewhere, Connecticut will be the last one to join.
Mr Papa, I really appreciate the effort you have put in to this. Keep up the good work.
I am not sure if an NEV will be the right choice for me, but I am still thinking about it. LaterJohn C. Briggs