There's talk about GM...ok...we've said some nasty things. But we've
said some nice things too. And today, we'll be saying something nice
again. In 2007, GMC will be releasing the first hybrid electric
trucks. Now, some people may see a hybrid Sierra as greenwashing, but
I'm having none of it. I honestly believe that trucks are one of the
most important kinds of vehicles to go hybrid.
Improving the gas mileage of a car from 60 to 70 mpg saves about 2
gallons of gas per 1000 miles. Increasing the mileage of a truck like
the Sierra from 15 to 25 mpg, as GMC has, saves ten times that. And,
quite frankly, I think we need trucks just as much as we need passenger
This is a big deal. A lot of people need trucks, especially out here
in the hinterlands, and I'm not about to criticize them. But right now
people who neeed 350 horsepower and a flatbed don't have any options
above 20 mpg. And the hybrid Sierra (greenwashed or not) gives people
EV Rental Cars, as yet, doesn't actually rent any pure electric
vehicles, but you can certainly get your hands on a hybrid with no
problem. The company currently only rents three cars, the Prius, the
Civic Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid. What they won't rent is
anything else. They rent low emissions vehicles only, though, the highlander is
Anyhow, it's an interesting idea.
For now, it's an idea that only
seems to work in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San
Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) though they've got one in Pheonix now,
and soon to be in Las Vegas. It's also a good place to pick up used
hybrids if you're in the market (and in California.) They've got a
fleet of over 350 cars now, so they've gotta have quite a few up for
This is what 40 million dollars in venture capital can do for the electric car. We at EcoGeek will never tire of small goofy-looking electric cars that work wonderfully in the city. But sometimes, it's nice to see things mixed up a bit...and mixed up with some spice!
0-60 in four seconds
250 miles a charge
$100,000 sticker price
125 MPH top speed
6,831 Lithium Ion cells
53 kW-h of storage
2352 mm wheel base
Based on the Lotus Elise
I don't care who killed the electric car, this is what'll bring it back to life. Why market a new idea to the masses when they obviously don't want it. Market it to the rich, and then, eventually, everyone else will get one when they're affordable. Or, at least, that seems to be Tesla's philisophy. We certainly can't argue with all the pretty pictures.
The Vice Chairman of GM wanted us to know exactly why the auto-giant is
headed for the dirt. In a recent interview with Just-Auto, Lutz
implied that hybrid vehicles are a useless technology that the American
people have been duped into desiring. And the Hummer is...I don't
know, a very sound financial decision?
the popular thing to do, many people believe
that if we all drove hybrids the world would suddenly get cooler again
and then it's the patriotic thing to do because if you drive a hybrid
you will no longer be funding the Arab terrorists, and so forth."
Many people believe also that the internal combustion engine is a
hundred-year-old, dangerous, outdated technology that our society is
deeply dependent on and needs to be phased out. No...he didn't say
Lutz continued, "so, with all those beliefs out there, you have to do a hybrid for public policy reasons."
Right, apparently you don't have to have a hybrid because they're
selling well. Because selling cars has nothing to do with what GM
While I'm waiting for the last half an hour before the Tesla Roadster is officially released, I figured I'd blog about a very different electric vehicle hitting the streets of London. The brand new Mega-City is a two seater from the NICE Car Company (No Internal Combustion Engine, which I agree is nice.)
Everything about the car is lower than the Tesla Roadster, so it's hard to be excited about the Mega-City on this particular evening. The range is less than 50 miles and the top speed is around 45 mpg. I imagine the pricetag is about a tenth that of the Roadster, but I'm not in the market for any kind of new car right now, so (since it's all just dreams anyways) I'm leaning away from the Mega-City.
Of course, as the name implies, this car is for city driving, specifically for London driving, as that's the only place it's being marketed. Either way, today sees two completely different approaches to a darned good idea and that's enough to get an EcoGeek downright excited.
Excited enough to stay up for 20 more minutes until the Tesla Roadster is unveiled.