Saturday, September 29, 2007

9 of the biggest companies in the world = oil and cars

Posted in response to
Separating the Vaporous from the Real in Electric Cars
Avail at Wired

According to Forbes, 9 of the Top 10 Global 500 were oil or car companies last year. None of the oil companies are in the electricity business and only one of the car companies had ever put an EV in a showroom. Each of these companies ALONE brings in more money than half the world's countries.

Now imagine that you ran an operation that was 100,000,000 times larger than your paycheck. Would you shut the whole thing down and give away your paychecks for life for a new technology that displaces everything from the multi billion dollar oil businessES to the many auto and transportation industrieS?

Do you have any idea how many jobs, houses and bank account you're talking about?

An estimated 2 in 10 households rely on oil to survive and 5 of 6 people on the planet have never bought a car.

Do you think 9 of the 10 biggest companies in the world and 5 billion first time car buyers can afford anything on this list?

Posted by: John Acheson | Sep 29, 2007 2:41:50 AM

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Short Prius History

In response to a blogger incorrectly identifying the origin of the Prius in 2007 before it went mainstream because he didn't realize it was a remainder design after 80 others were thrown in the trash, I wrote this blog piece:

Correction: this car was designed under the G21 project for Global 21st Century not a one car design project. The vision was about energy and environment. The mission was to double the mileage of a concept in R&D. The manager in charge of the 1,000 engineers demanded doubling the mileage so the team had to throw out 80 designs to get to the funky little remainder car that became the Prius.

It was designed to get twice the mileage of a standard Toyota compact to unveil right around the Kyoto Protocol. It was being driven as a visionary concept, not as a city car. It became that type of car after the popularity exceeded everyone’s expectations in response to celebrities and  more powerful and roomier American versions were exported to Los Angeles.

Did you know that Japanese version has an electric only switch? I imagine it would create lawsuits in the US from abusive users that could burn up the Hybrid Synergy Drive 650 patents, so they left a blank spot on the American dash. The Prius design was driven by an open ended simple goal, double the kilometers per liter.

Internal Explosion Engine

Response to
Frankfurt Motor Show: A Look Back at Tomorrow’s Engine Technology
avail at the New York Times Automobiles section

When you compare the Internal Explosion Engine’s 122 years of evolution to other innovations it lags far behind. 1 power stroke per 4 for a theoretical max efficiency of 25% is that same as today’s cars slinging 8 of every 10 gallons of gasoline into the atmosphere as heat or smog.

Other innovations like the battery powered (several generations of chemical engines to Lithium today) mobile phone or computer (two generations of engines from vacuum tubes to transistors) or even the typical hybrid washer/dryer (from hanging things outside to natural gas-electric hybrids in almost every home) have leapt ahead in efficiency? Why? Electricity is cheaper than gasoline…

Could it be that the largest business in the world makes more money the less efficient our cars are???

It may not even matter, because even after 122 years of flat development, we only have a billion vehicles on Earth running the same theoretical engine as Mr. Benz’s patent.

I wonder what the other 5 of 6 human beings that have never bought a car will be driving next???

Do you remember what your 1st car was and how much it cost???

There’s still 5,000,000,000 people dreaming of buying their 1st cars or trucks…

— Posted by John Acheson

Thursday, September 6, 2007

How Hybrids Work

One Response to “How Hybrid Car works?”

on 06 Sep 2007 at 11:35 am John Acheson

Hybrids are better because they are more efficient and recycle. Efficiency can lead to any benefit you would like. For example, longer range, faster stopping, performance, higher mileage, etc. The internal combustion engine is just over 20% efficient so you pay for 10 gallons of gas and only 2 end up turning the wheels. Hybrids can almost double that to 4. That’s an extra 2 gallons of gas to do anything you want with and by the way, a cup of gasoline is equivalent to sticks of dynamite in terms of power. How many cups in a $3 gallon of gas? Plenty of explosions that could be used instead of idling away in a hot parking lot to run the air con…

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