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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wow, your skills at logical argument have to be the worst on this entire forum. That is impressive, you have some serious competition that you beat there.

Last warning. One more personal attack like that and you are gone.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time is on my side...

Taiwan Invests Millions in Development of new Battery Technology & Hub Motor

Another major accomplishment by ITRI is the development of a super-slim hub motor. According to the research institute it is 50% lighter and 70% thinner. As well, the new motor produces two to three times the torque generated by traditional units of the same weight, with comparable production costs.


Toronto Auto Show Abounds with Lithium Battery Technology


Researchers claim lithium-ion battery breakthrough

Academics have developed a silicon gel that could make batteries used in phones and laptops 10 times more efficient.


And as far as the Volt and Leaf are concerned...

The two electric vehicle offerings are currently only available in certain markets in the U.S.; the Leaf, for example, is only offered in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Hawaii and Tennessee until April when it launches in an additional eight states. Rob Peterson, a Volt spokesman, said that the slow sales are actually expected as the majority of Volts produced in February ended up at dealerships as demo units for customers to take test rides in.

"I wouldn't go so far as to say that sales were down," Peterson said. "I would say that more production was earmarked toward demos. The average daily inventory is the lowest in our fleet, if not the lowest in the industry." He expects Volt sales to pick up significantly after April when all 600 Chevy dealerships have gotten their Volt demo models.

Sales of Leaf models, on the other hand, are also suffering as a result of supply problems. David Reuter, the vice president of corporate communications at Nissan, said "the first three to four months of production haven't brought as man across to America as we hoped to." Nissan's move was intentional, though, as the company wanted to ensure there were no supply chain mishaps affecting car quality.

"We won't be up to full speed production until the end of this month," affirmed Reuter. "Then, we'll be producing 3,000 to 4,000 cars per month. We've been producing less than half of that until now to ensure quality."
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwlafayette wrote:
An update on the state of the electric car.


Chevy has only sold 281 Volts. Nissan 67 Leafs. I can't remember the bet. How many electric cars were there supposed to be in how many years?

The electric car wasn't killed by anyone; it never worked.

That's 281 in the month of February, not total sold since introduction (Nov. 2010). In January they sold 320.

If I'm not mistaken they're only making like 2000 this year and they've got a waiting list of around 60 000.

From what I've read there is a supply problem where they can't build enough to keep up with requests.

In mid-January they were delivering #420 according to this website:


Secondly, if I'm not mistaken the Leaf has only been available for a few weeks and in very limited numbers.
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