You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Well, Yeah

Posted in Economics, Four Wheels, Going Green by Stacy McMahon on October 2, 2008

Via Instapundit:

“A senior economist at the Argonne National Laboratory has come to an interesting conclusion: vehicles that rely on internal combustion engines are superior to electric vehicles in terms of what consumers would buy and what would save significant fuel. . . . By relying less on batteries, the cost of the batteries becomes less of a factor, while having a combustion engine that uses an established distribution system as a backup gives the owner the freedom to drive wherever they want.” So plug-in or series hybrids make better transition vehicles than pure electrics. Makes sense to me.

I’ve been saying this all along, and it’s amazing (or maybe not) how many people don’t get that the economics are more important than technology or ultimate energy efficiency. Regular people can’t volunteer to pay extra or give up functionality just to “go green”. Your alternative-fuel vehicle has to accomplish all your mission requirements, and do it for about the same TCO as whatever it’s replacing.


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