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Malcom Bricklin and Visionary Vehicles latest offering
The first 40-50 miles of travel will be electrically-propelled and then an on-board internally-combusted motor will kick on and power a generator that will in turn send electrical energy to power the wheels. A "range" will be achieved this way of 800+ miles. Batteries used will be lithium-ion and as technology advances with producing these batteries the affordability of and producibility of using these batteries is now feasible. This is powering a new look towards electrically-powered vehicles and now some real progress towards producibility can finally happen. Bricklin claims 100 mpg for this new yet-to-be-named vehicle. A vehicle will first be built sometime in 2008 and the plan is to have them available for sale in the U.S. in 2010. Bricklin has yet to find a manufacturer for the cars and really he would love to find an American manufacturer to strike a deal with. Possibly in a factory that has been shut down. Oh, yes, always looking for an edge and a good deal. Here's his website:
Hey, people, he's right, we need to get out of ICE cars. And for that to happen someone has to start working on vehicles like this. They seem so foreign at first but the more you study up on them the more they seem feasible and actually the better choice. Unless you love futures-traders dreaming up refinery fires, Bush speeches igniting fringe elements that will immediately wedge pressures on oil supplies, etc, etc, ad nauseum. I for one am growing weary of the shenanigans that these hooligans are playing on us and I welcome ideas like Bricklin's. I'm not saying his is the answer, but, and it's a big but, his idea deserves some mention at least against this crazytrain of future energy dependance on foreign oil and future trader hooliganism up-in-our-collective automotive faces.
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