Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Thank you, Japan automakers, for succeeding where we keep failing

Here is great news for the environment:

By 2010, Japan will aim to mass produce two-seater electric vehicles capable of running about 80 kilometers (50 miles) per charge, as well as 30 percent more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles.

It's great that Japan is picking up so much of North America's slack on oil dependence and consumption. Will this mean sales availability of these same cars on this side of the Pacific, too?

Of course, it's not a magic bullet - the electricity to drive these vehicles has to be clean, too. This is still a step in the right direction.


Blogger Joe Calgary said...

Now if they could just succeed in mass producing 4x4's the size of hummers that run on banana peels, I worship them like gods.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:04:00 AM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Joe - that's their 2019 commitment.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Fortunes said...

tanx for nice comments about me. I am a rogue thinker, but I always thought my thinking was the obvious.

I never understood why my opinions were not mainstream. From day one, I knew Stockwell Day would be the biggest flap. The media loved him for a while, now they all pretend they knew his number from day one.

The same goes for Paul Martin, thought he was the weakest of weakest PM in a generation from day one, the media finally agreed.

And I say the same about Gerard Kennedy, he has no depth. So watch out if he becomes leader, and remember that I was the first person to note his imminent fall from grace.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Fortunes said...

As an engineer, I did school work on average of 8 to 10 hours a day. Watching artsy's sit around sipping on Lattes irked me.

As a result, I don't regard arts degrees in a high regard. (Smarty pants wise.) If Ignatieff had a Ph.D in Physics, I would be all gun ho for iggy. But a history proof, meh, not really impressed.

I distinguish university education's importance by the generation. People who are mid fortys and up, I have found non university educated folk to be quite brilliant. Times were different, many brilliant people did not go to University because of social and economic circumstances.

But someone like Kennedy, has no excuse, in his generation not to complete university. Especially given his upper middle class status. I believe he is 3 credits shy of graduating. He could have completed these credits via correspondance. He has little excuse.

I find it insulting that he thinks he is smart enough to be leader.

He braggs about fixing our schools, and yet the TDSB is about to close schools. The Harris government screwed Toronto with it's education funding formula. The Harris government deliberately punished Toronto, while rewarding rural Ontario. Truly partisan, and very sad. Kennedy never bothered to fix this funding formula, rather he just handed teachers a nice hefty raise.

Bravo micromanager, Bravo.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Brian C said...

Good post Jason. I found anudda article about the efficiencies of electrical vehicles compared to IC (internal combustion) vehicles.

Excluding the effects of removing the pollution from the cities, we are comparing the following.

1. Efficiency of fuel refining X efficiency of IC engines
2. Efficiency of electrical generation X efficient of the electrical motor.

Here are a couple of good quotes.

- in Arizona where 67 percent of power plants are coal-fired, a study concluded that EVs would reduce greenhouse gases such as CO2 by 71 percent...A study conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that EVs in the Northeast would reduce CO emissions by 99.8 percent, volatile organic compounds (VOC) by 90 percent, NOx by 80 percent, and CO2 by as much as 60 percent

- The overall energy efficiency of EVs (electric vehicles) & power plants was 28% whereas the efficiency of refining & IC engines was 14%.

Plus, I would probably be better at fixing my car.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Brian C said...

Ooops, link correction The first link is an odd read.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:38:00 PM  
Blogger SouthernOntarioan said...

THe Japanese automakers should start selling the same style of cars they use in Japan over here.

They're some of the most fuel efficient cars out there.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 4:41:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

LF, I always look forward to your posts - some of my favourites, no doubt. I think the same about Kennedy - and why DIDN'T he just complete via correspondence? Surely he must have known in advance it would be a criticism?

Thursday, August 31, 2006 5:51:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

"Plus, I would probably be better at fixing my car."

Nah hah. ;) I suck at fixing cars, it'd be a step up for me, too.

Thanks for the link.

SO - I think 50mile-range Electric Cars would really suit most everyday urban needs, and most Canadians live in urban areas. I hope these become available to our market at the same time, or shortly after.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 5:53:00 PM  

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