...If you aren't already on the list to purchase a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you're officially out of luck. During a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the U.S. market allotment for the first year's production of Leafs is already sold out more than six months before the EV even goes on sale. Nissan has now received 13,000 orders for the $32,780 electric car in the U.S., and 6,000 more in Japan...
Nissan posted an operating profit of $1.93 billion, more than double the $900 million average estimate of eight industry analysts. The second-largest Japanese automaker stated that its operating profit for the April to June period fell just 10.4 percent from 2010. The company’s earlier estimates had anticipated a slide of 14.4 percent.
Rivals Toyota and Honda, though both well on the way to raising production to pre-quake levels, are widely predicted to post operating losses...
Arlo1 wrote:It really makes a guy wonder if someone was paid to make electric cars look bad or not usable.
Arlo1 wrote:It really makes a guy wonder if someone was paid to make electric cars look bad or not usable. If I was a Big Oil company I would pay people like the guys at top gear to make sure my drug (in this case gas) looks like the best answer. If you control the media its half the battle.... !!!
James May says batteries are rubbish?
REdiculous wrote:Did you guys catch their eco-challenge episode? They had to drive some crazy distance (like 500 miles, iirc) on 1 tank to turn on the lights at some festival or whatever...Jeremy chose a nice "guzzler", ran the AC and all that trying to get it to quit near his house, and he still made it.
You have to be careful when comparing KWH to gallons of gas. The energy in gas is great yes. But How efficient the whole system is is a frocking joke!
You are missing the point. And skewing what people are going to think. An electric vehicle does not need the same energy storage as a ICE vehicle.
Arlo1 wrote:Yeah but the more people buy them the cheaper they get... We just need more of them available. The range is fine for 99% of the worlds needs. people need to quit worrying about range it scares them because of all of the propaganda. And those who want more range will get it will bigger battery options which will come in time. But If I got a leaf I would opt for the small battery there is no reason to carry a big battery you are not going to use.
I would only use ~40 % of the battery a day (round trip) and I commute 1/2 hour to work!
In the end charging stations will come the be faster look at a nanotech lipo battery its nothing to get a battery that can be charged in 7.5 minutes and all they need is charging stations that can hold and dump energy fast. The batteries will get better and packs with more density smaller in size etc. etc. we need to embrace this and help it happen before we are all toast because of oil!
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