California milage tax
blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Fri Feb 18 10:58:02 MST 2005
On Thu Feb 17 21:59:08 PST 2005, Jim
<jnantz2 at 216-19-216-108.GETNET.NET> wrote:
> Quinn also touched on something else that makes me suspicious >
> of these hybrid cars. Electric cars have a lot of batteries in >
> them. Those batteries have to be replaced every few years. >
> Sure you might save on gas, but how much more are you going to >
> spend on batteries?
Allegedly, said batteries will be rechargeable and have a
shelf-life of 5 - 10 years. Don't quote me on that, though. I
haven't verified that claim, so it's speculative, at best.
> Also what is to be done with all the old batteries? No matter >
> what is done with them they will present a huge problem.
Not as much so as when lead plates were used inside the things,
Jim. Today's batteries are supposedly "more
environmentally-friendly", whatever that means.
But, you do have a point. Even without the lead content, the
scrappage presents a problem to a certain extent. Personally, I'd
rather see a conversion to alcohol as fuel. This way, alcohol can
be made very cheaply from anything - even garbage. The conversion
is very uncomplicated and inexpensive, as well. The best advantage
is there would be no loss of performance, whatsoever. Most of us
on this list - no matter what age - could probably outrun an
Before anyone asks - yeah, I'm an overgrown, immature, middle-aged
hotrodder at heart. But, so what?
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