Posts Tagged ‘Doom And Gloom’

Smart Future

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

smartusaI hear some talking about the stubby little Smart cars we see running around being a sign of just how dismal our transportation future looks.  I see them as quite the opposite, I see them as small efficient ways to ward off the doom and gloom of an America dominated by legislated mass transit.  Mass transit seems so socialist and really un-American. 

The freedom to take your own vehicle when and where you want is almost a core value in our country.   It doesn’t so much matter if the vehicle is big or small, two wheels or four, gas or electric or ???  What matters most is that we maintain the spirit of individuality and joy that doesn’t happen with mass transit. 

And in that spirit I love to see how people are making event these most boring of people movers into something fun.  How about this 4×4?

 

Or this souped up hi-performance commuter?

 

Sure the new motor takes up a little passenger room, but as you see there are other ways to qualify for the HOV lane on your next road trip to Seattle.

Mass transit can have a place in our society but we can’t let it displace our personal vehicles.

Trickle

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

 

Miles XS500

A quick follow up to Peak oil doom and gloom is that both the manufacturer of the no pizazz ZX40 electric wagon and the high pizazz Tesla, are both working on a more mainstream sedan.  From opposite ends of the spectrum, they both recognize the mass market.  Miles is working on the XS500 sedan targeting 120+ range with an 80mph top speed, while Tesla is holding there cards a bit closer. 

We consciously chose to develop a high-end sports car as our first car in order to develop the “performance DNA” from which we could create other electric vehicles. Our next model will leverage the Tesla Roadster‘s technology, resulting in a less expensive sports sedan that we can sell at higher volume. Tesla Motors

Peak oil doom and gloom

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

refugees_02There are a lot of “Peak Oil” doom and gloom vibes floating around out there and I think they are emanating mostly from socialism thumping Democrats. And I’d be all doomy, gloomy and depressed also, if I thought the way to energy independence was packed into big no fun, no freedom, everyone goes the same place at the same time, mass transit buses and trains.

Most people don’t readily take to a no fun, no freedom, no hope, tomorrow’s no better than today way of life; but many on the left are giving their best shot at guilting Americans into accepting socialism as some sort of punishment for a raised standard of living.

I don’t get the same doom and gloom vibes over gas prices from people on the right. They tend to focus on a better situation in life, responsible freedom, perhaps a little fun, and most definitely hope over doom & gloom. And why not! Capitalism and freedom make “peak oil” a non-issue. Regardless of supply or lack of supply, as prices go up, capitalists will look for more economical solutions and usually find them.

imageAnd by solutions I mean solutions, not a pushcart, not a bike, not public transportation, not even one of these little pseudo-cars that I read about in the Herald. While, it may be good enough for running around town; with a top speed of 35 mph and a range of 50 miles, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure the manufacturer hit their niche market, but gas burning autos are a mass market, and a mass market vehicle demands mass market performance and pizazz.

Baker_E_01In fact, to understand just how little performance and pizazz this modern wonder has, you need only to compare this little car to the Baker Electric, which topped out around 25 mph, but had a longer range of 110 miles. In 1909 the Baker may have had performance and pizazz, but similar performance in a car today is rather dull, maybe even dangerous.  Tough to think of giving up even high priced gas for this golf cart like auto.  This Baker is part of Jay Leno’s GarageCheck it out. He does a great review and even has a test drive clip. Pretty cool! For 100 years ago.

And before you leave Jay’s Garage, check out the Tesla Roadster. Tesla Motors is showing just how ungloomy and undoomy our future will be if continue to fend off socialism. Tesla_01

  • Acceleration time: 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
  • Top speed: electronically limited at 125 mph
  • Range: 221 miles on the EPA combined cycle

Performance, pizazz, and technology that will likely trickle down to mass market family cars and minivans. And by the way they are selling these. You know; capitalism, some profit, some jobs, some fun, and a lot of hope for a better future.

Oh, and just for fun.