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Advanced technology cars: what we need for the future

by felixkramer / May 12, 2005 11:14 PM PDT

We don't have to sit around waiting to see if it takes the auto industry 10 or 20 years to come around with affordable fuel-cell cars. Right now, with existing technology, we could have much better and much cleaner cars. And we could reduce the greenhouse gases from cars far more than anyone imagines possible. At the California Cars Initiative ( we're showing one example: adding batteries and the ability to recharge from the grid turns a Prius into a 100+ MPG car. Adding biofuels to that gives you that car you've been hearing about in Newsweek and elsewhere that's 500 MPG of gasoline (the rest of the power is from cleaner, cheaper electricity and from sources like cellulose ethanol. We can start with existing technology -- I think this is an appropriate subject for discussion at a forward-looking venue like CNET --
Felix Kramer, founder

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Seems logical...
by jrmar07 / May 14, 2005 12:04 PM PDT

Why haven't automakers brought the charging from a grid technology to market? Afraid of change? Or reliability concerns? There must be a reason. I'm sure I haven't read all on the topic since there are so many links on As an aspiring mechanical engineer I am very interested on this topic.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2005 4:42 AM PDT

Keep digging on the future of hybrids. Just last month Toshiba revealed a battery that could charge to 80% in 60 seconds.

It's power density was same or better that NiMH pound for pound.

Now put that in our hybrids... and your Prius Plus.


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Most impressive,Felix..........
by Tony Holmes / May 23, 2005 5:45 AM PDT

I wouldn't want to even attempt to troubleshoot one though.I have the distinct feeling that Toyota will void any and all warrauntees on said modified vehicles.

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