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ACT Hybrid Leaders – Yipee?

By johnboy - 25 July 2005 20

The Chief Minister is congratulating himself for having spent a lot of money on “26 fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles now included in the Government fleet”. This exceeds a meaningless and arbitrary target he set for himself.

It also ignores the minor problem that electricity in this country is mostly made from flooding valleys or burrning coal and then a huge amount off that power is lost in electricity transmission before being stored in a massively toxic lead-acid battery which has to be disposed of every few years.

But yes, it does move the problem out of our streets, and, ummm, petrol is BAD M’KAY?. Perhaps a better solution for a somewhat larger city? Maybe some action on woodfires would do more for our air quality?

What’s Your opinion?


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20 Responses to
ACT Hybrid Leaders – Yipee?
Thumper 1:24 pm 27 Jul 05

A thought just occured to me, the Comrade hasn’t wandered off into foreign policy recently.

Strange….

Thumper 1:23 pm 27 Jul 05

I think the government should put its money where its mouth is and give us all free Prius to drive.

Then we can all be warm and fuzzy….

Maelinar 12:25 pm 27 Jul 05

brings the mass transit debate onto the dias nicely though..

I’ve actually considered buying a horse to ride to work, the logistics are overwhelming however (stabling and dunnage) – especially given the exorbitant parking rates the ACT Govt would charge…

Ralph 10:58 am 27 Jul 05

Easier to park for sheilas.

Vic Bitterman 10:55 am 27 Jul 05

Anyone who buys a car without assessing it’s safety and crash-worthiness needs to have their head read.

Big cars are safter than small cars, simple as that.

http://www.aaa.asn.au/ancap.htm

em 9:21 am 27 Jul 05

People who think there’s such a thing as “sheila’s cars” may be disappointed to know that driving a tank that burns 11L/100km will not enlarge the size of their appendage. Some cars are just more economical to run and easier to park than others.

simto 8:40 am 27 Jul 05

I’d rather not crash into anything. If you’re buying a car on the basis of how it’ll go when you crash it into something, maybe you shouldn’t be buying a car?

Vic Bitterman 6:16 pm 26 Jul 05

Weight equals might.

I’d rather be in my Canyonerro when it smashes into a Prius, than the other way around.

bulldog 1:31 pm 26 Jul 05

That’s your call em, but once again I would reiterate that they are shit.

em 11:40 am 26 Jul 05

Actually, I think the Prius looks worthwhile. It may not have the power of a Corolla, but for an about-town car it shouldn’t need much power. I trust Toyota’s engineering and I’d certainly consider a Prius if I were buying a new car.

bulldog 11:04 am 26 Jul 05

GuruJ: Last one I worked on was a brand newy in October last year. They were still shit.

GuruJ 10:42 am 26 Jul 05

johnboy: a standard Prius doesn’t ever use an electricity outlet to recharge. The greater efficiencies are gained by storing energy that would otherwise by wasted when braking and then switching to an electric motor when travelling at low speeds.

There are prople who have modified the Prius to recharge from an outlet but this isn’t endorsed by Toyota.

bulldog: Which Prius are you referring to? The later Prius models are a far cry from the original release in 2000.

bulldog 8:38 am 26 Jul 05

Having driven and worked on the Toyota Prius I wholly concur that they are shit and as Ralpg so succinctly points out; are sheila’s cars.

That being said I wouldn’t give them to my partner for fear she ever hot inot an accident; they have all the structural integrity of soggy paper.

I also reckon you are far more likely to have an accident at higher speds (80-100 km/h) due to the poor design and terrible handling attributes.

If the Comrade thinks these things are soo bloody flash why is he still carting around in a Statesman?

Thumper 8:27 am 26 Jul 05

Its all a smoke screen. Its like the anti nuclear lobby who simply refuse to look at the possibilities of nuclear energy. As far as they are concerned nuclear is bad, full stop.

In this case we have hybrid cars, and the mantra is, hyrid is good.

To have a good mantra, or dogma really, one needs to totally suspend any factual opposing evidence, which is what is happening here.

I live for the day when these people decide to go back to a horse and cart purely on principle.

What a waste of money, whuy didn’t they simply buy a fleet of 500cc Suzuki’s for next to nothing, as they probably use less fuel anyway.

Ralph 7:41 am 26 Jul 05

What a waste of money. Those poxy hybrid cars are for tree huggers and sheilas. He should’ve got himself a man’s car (light truck).

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