Post Comment Preview Comment
To reply to a Comment: Click "Reply" at the bottom of the comment; after being approved your comment will appear directly underneath the comment you replied to.
View All
Favorites
Recency  | 
Popularity
Page:  « First  ‹ Previous  1 2 3 4 5  Next ›  Last »  (5 total)
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Wanderland
Generic white guy
03:28 PM on 01/10/2012
The plain fact is that the mileage you can get from a hybrid today is NO BETTER than what you could get from economy cars of the 80s and 90s. My wife's '95 Civic got 43 MPG on the highway, unless you have a lead foot, in which case you'd get 37. Only the Prius claims to get anything near as close.
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
WasteNJ
(Welcome To Digital Blackwater)
05:07 PM on 01/10/2012
(Shhh, you're supposed to just keep buying new ones.)
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
ThinkTwiceWriteOnce
02:29 PM on 01/10/2012
…..come talk to me when the U.S. automakers start producing a generally affordable hybrid or electric “Volks-wagen” that can be purchased in 36 months not years! In the mean time....my little paid for Chevy getting 35 mpg will do just fine.........besides to trade it in would only mean that it too would be on the road......
02:15 PM on 01/10/2012
There is one thing no one is mentioning. The price and demand of electricity will go up.
Therefore be ready for $1,000 electric bills monthly. Next there will be shortage of electricity and black outs with everybody charging the vehicles in the evening. This will turn into a huge waste of time and money.
This user has chosen to opt out of the Badges program
photo
04:48 PM on 01/10/2012
Liberals forget how or what it takes to make a battery these days. I wonder if the mining company mining the lithium for these batteries are using Hybrid machinery.
05:00 PM on 01/10/2012
Yes, I think liberlas actually believe we could strap a wind turbin and a solar panel to an 18 wheeler pulling over 80,000 pounds and it would run.
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
WasteNJ
(Welcome To Digital Blackwater)
05:08 PM on 01/10/2012
Depends on how hard it is to ship it to Afghanistan.
photo
rdk70816
Yellowhammer
02:09 PM on 01/10/2012
"That could mean hybrid cars, pure electric cars, natural gas vehicles or hydrogen-powered cars". It will not mean pure electric cars, which some people refer to as golf carts on steroids, unless some reasonable form of recharge is established and that is unlikely.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Remy Herrero
Get real and embrace being part of the unwashed.
12:40 PM on 01/10/2012
People are behaving rationally. What is the point of paying a premium for hybrid or electrics, if the fuel savings would place the breakeven point at 100,000 miles in most cases and this is including the tax breaks? Most people would trade in the vehicle before realizing any net savings. If you are looking for real savings on your means of transportation, this is a loser for your personal finances.
photo
AlfredE69
Liberty Lovin' Tree Hugger
12:07 PM on 01/10/2012
How about a solar powered car, when the cell is low, you can peddle it; in addition, it could have a wind mill that powers it when it is windy.
photo
Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
12:25 PM on 01/10/2012
Mr. Goldberg, there's a phone call for you.

(For those of you under 50, Google Rube Goldberg.)
jwoww
$17 Trillion and Climbing, sorry kids
01:53 PM on 01/10/2012
or possible return of the Flintstone mobile
photo
Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
12:05 PM on 01/10/2012
Let's face it folks.... THESE are the 'good old days'. People 100 years from now will marvel at our excesses.
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
WasteNJ
(Welcome To Digital Blackwater)
05:10 PM on 01/10/2012
No doubt about that. If we're still around in 100 years, they will marvel at our stupidity.
This comment has been removed due to violations of our [Guidelines]
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
ur2nutty4me
11:43 AM on 01/10/2012
The public can not afford any of these over technological cars requiring expensive and complicated repairs, added major expense of additional warranties and the manufacturers continuing denials to cover needed repairs under the catch all lie of customer abuse. This has become a major problem in this country and needs to be addressed at the highest levels of government (FAT CHANCE RIGHT). If the government wants to take more of our money they have to stop the crooks from taking so much.
11:34 AM on 01/10/2012
Although I am in favor of finding alternatives to oil, the electric car is simply not viable. I am a perfect example. I live in an apartment, where will i plug it in to recharge?. I work as a consultant and must commute long distances to and from clients, will the range of an electric vehicle be adequate and again where will I plug it in? I like to go on camping trips for relaxation, will I find myself stranded in the wilderness and again where will I plug it in? My gas guzzler gets about 450 miles on a tank of gas, is there an electric vehicle that can match or exceed that range and once more where will I plug it up when the battery needs recharging? Just asking.
photo
plzgetreal
They claim Lincoln - But act like McCarthy & Nixon
11:44 AM on 01/10/2012
You're right, an all electric car will not meet your needs. Actually, I work from home and am not certain one would meet my current needs. That said, my Prius will go that 450 miles on about 10 gallons of gas. How many gallons does it take your gas guzzler? A silver bullet doesn't exist however there are things we can do to mitigate our fuel consumption and contribution to pollution.
photo
Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
12:17 PM on 01/10/2012
My car gets only 27hwy/city but I don't drive enough to save enough in fuel costs to fund the upgrade to a hybrid.

What should I do? Buy one anyway? Not jabbing sticks in your cage, but really. Do I need to pay a premium to feel good about the car I only drive 7,000 miles a year?
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
ur2nutty4me
11:51 AM on 01/10/2012
Tow a gas generator behind the vehical..............................
photo
Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
12:18 PM on 01/10/2012
That's funny. I heard someone seriously say that on the news once.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Neuron Flash
Your Micro Brew Is Empty
11:18 AM on 01/10/2012
Battery technology is the key toward getting the cost down.

When the batteries half thier price and weight in five years then we will see an explosion in mainstream adoption of the electric car.
photo
Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
11:49 AM on 01/10/2012
"half thier price and weight in five years "

Where are you getting this from? Heat (power loss) during charge/recharge and from the motor itself is the problem, not battery weight. Chemical-based batteries have about topped out. Lithium-ion has been with us for 25 years or more.

Mr Fusion.... Now THAT'S the answer.
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
WasteNJ
(Welcome To Digital Blackwater)
05:17 PM on 01/10/2012
You're right, but the weight is a big factor in the efficiency of the vehicle, if not for the actual battery's efficiency by itself. If the car's lighter, and the powertrain is the same, that charge will take you farther and the motor is not trying as hard to do the same work.

You know, in old school terms reducing weight is like adding horsepower.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Neuron Flash
Your Micro Brew Is Empty
photo
baxtron
tek phlarpt
11:07 AM on 01/10/2012
as soon as the price of the Tesla S series goes down, I will buy one.
photo
HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR
WasteNJ
(Welcome To Digital Blackwater)
05:18 PM on 01/10/2012
Aren't the Tesla four doors supposed to be in the 30-40 grand range?
photo
baxtron
tek phlarpt
05:28 PM on 01/10/2012
$58,000 with a $8,500 Fed Income Tax deduction.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Tquin
10:24 AM on 01/10/2012
Electric cars will never rule. At the beginning of auto history, there were only electric autos and trucks. From Detroit, Henry Ford said, I can do it cheaper with gasoline. End of story.
photo
baxtron
tek phlarpt
11:09 AM on 01/10/2012
story continues....world hits peak oil in the 1970's the fall continues until now. world consumes more gasoline every year. story continues....end of your "brain".
jwoww
$17 Trillion and Climbing, sorry kids
01:55 PM on 01/10/2012
there are many oil fields out there to meet the demand until an efficient and cost effect alternative can be developed. time to open them up
10:05 AM on 01/10/2012
As the price of oil continues to rise we will all look for ways to save money and energy.

Those that believe PEAK OIL theory say rising demand from China and India will soon outpace the worlds supply of oil raising the price. When the price of oil shot up in 2008 and gas prices went to $4 a gallon people were parking their trucks and SUV's and were tripping over each other at the foreign car dealers looking for high mileage vehicles. The price of oil dropped with the world wide recession and most people went back to their old habits. As the price of oil, coal and nuclear keep rising we will all look for ways to save money on energy. Some of us will walk a little more, some will use a bicycle a little more and other will use mass transit. We will all become more aware of what we spend on energy as the price rises. We may even look to electric and fuel efficient vehicles, appliances and light bulbs to save money. Too many people only look to the short term when they look at cost. We need to look at the long term payback of energy efficiency. With more people struggling to get by every day the cost of energy will become more important in daily decisions to spend money.
matt50
Every job isa selfportrait of the person who did i
05:19 PM on 01/10/2012
Natural gas powered cars I believe willbe the answer. Many new jobs to build the infrastruture.
10:26 AM on 01/11/2012
Bring on the electric, flex-fuel, hybrid, CNG, LNG and hydrogen vehicles. We will need them all. It is time to end the oil monopoly on transportation fuel.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
Jose Hill
Predictor...has a good ring to it.
09:42 AM on 01/10/2012
Until the price of hybrids comes in line with the price of internal combustables, they will continue to lag behind. I do believe that hybrids are the future, but right now all people are looking at is the cheapest way to get from point A to point B.
photo
Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
11:57 AM on 01/10/2012
For now, a $7,000.00 used car burning $35.00/week beats a $30,000.00 hybrid burning $20.00/week.

Most of the planet can't afford a hybrid no matter how much gas it saves.

Heck, there are places where homeowners can't afford to stay in their homes.
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
RhiannonRings
Childfree and loving it!
12:19 PM on 01/10/2012
Plus, if you are a driving enthusiast (Miata owner here), you don't want to drive a computer!
photo
HUFFPOST SUPER USER
ur2nutty4me
12:02 PM on 01/10/2012
Even if hybreds reached the cost level of present day fossil fuel vehicals the cost of cars have become prohibitive for most american families. The country majority of Americans can no longer afford to have a payment on 1 if not 2 vehical every month for the rest of their life. Cars need to be paid off in a reasonable amount of time leaving years of non car payment use as it was years ago. Cars are to expensive, complicated and overly engineered for the average Americans need and usage.