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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 11:01 PM
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Ford Executive Chairman says electric vehicles will be "game changer"
Edited on Mon Apr-19-10 11:04 PM by wtmusic


Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford closed out SAE World Congress today with an endorsement for the future of electric vehicles.

'All the early cars were electric,' said Ford, great grandson of company founder Henry Ford. 'Theyve been around really for the past century or so, but they really havent had mass market appeal.'

But Ford said the automotive industry is rapidly changing.

Ford, an ardent environmentalist who worked for years to change the companys culture so that it would embrace environmental goals, said new technology makes it possible to introduce electric vehicles that can be embraced by mainstream consumers.

'It appears that the biggest game changer will be electric vehicles,' Ford said during a speech in Detroit. 'Our plan includes the introduction of five new high-mileage vehicles.'

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Over the next three years Ford plans to introduce a Transit Connect Electric commercial van, a Ford Focus electric vehicle, two new gasoline-electric hybrids and a plug-in hybrid."

http://www.freep.com/article/20100415/BUSINESS01/100415077/1014/business01?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 11:11 PM
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1. They'll be rapidly changing .... until the oil industry slams them ...
Seems to have been quite an alliance over the decades --!!

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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 11:12 PM
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2. There will always be a need for gas powered engines
for distance driving, but I can see a conversion to electrics for urban/suburban transportation being done quite easily, people renting the hybrids or gas powered cars for long trips.

It really makes a great deal of sense, especially if we can manage to decrease our reliance on coal for electricity generation.
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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-10 11:56 PM
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3. "Always" is a pretty bold prediction.
There is no always. The oil will run out - sooner or later. When it does, our "need" for gas powered engines also runs out.

We must find alternatives sooner rather than later, and we will find them if we look.

But we also need stop thinking that we "need" gasoline. We don't.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 12:00 AM
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4. Likely the internal combustion engine in the future
will be biodiesel, especially if this country gets its head out of its ass and starts growing industrial hemp again.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 06:50 AM
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5. I agree
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 07:10 AM
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6. Commodities never run out.
Edited on Tue Apr-20-10 07:12 AM by Statistical
They just simply get more and more expensive. Higher prices will reduce consumption. I don't mean 10% higher prices or even 50% higher prices but 100%, 200$, 500% and for extended periods of time. Oil at $200 - $300 a barrel and not dropping below $200 for 5 years will radically change consumption.

That reduced consumption however lengthens the amount of time reserves last. Also at higher prices more marginal reserves becomes economic.

We aren't running out of gasoline or oil. We are simply running out of cheap gasoline & oil.

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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 09:01 AM
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7. This is good to hear.
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 10:14 AM
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8. K&R nt
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