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Shut the taps of oil. Electricity is the future. Good step by them. Hope other major automakers also join with them for the humanity.

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Except that now we'll pollute the air with coal and oil burning to generate electricity. There would be nuclear power, but some countries are still iffy on actually using it. Alternative energy like wind, wave, or solar doesn't make enough power right now and probably never will.

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@Korlacan: Exactly. It's baffling that someone still thinks electricity is green. Where else does electricity come from? Coal, Oil, Gas, Nuclear etc.

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why not car floating soil?using the weight of the car in a floating position, the entire weight transformed into energy. as power becomes a car. basics of gravity. you ready for the revolution?

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I want to create a car that runs off potential energy.

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Korlacan KhanthavilayJan. 25, 2013 - 07:19PM JST

Except that now we'll pollute the air with coal and oil burning to generate electricity. There would be nuclear power, but some countries are still iffy on actually using it

Yup, between inefficiencies in the battery charging, electric motors, and power sources, even 45% efficient turbine generation isn't as energy efficient as a simply small diesel engine. With nuclear at least there's very little CO2 released in the entire lifetime of the plant, and no dioxins and other carcinogens, so batteries might work there.

Korlacan KhanthavilayJan. 26, 2013 - 12:58AM JST

I want to create a car that runs off potential energy

Don't all cars run off that? Most of them chemical potential, some electrical potential (which is still chemical potential in the batteries), and some use rotational potential (http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/92794-kers-of-the-hybrid-car-flywheels-and-ultracapacitors-give-you-a-10-second-jolt)

svidetic@gmail.comJan. 25, 2013 - 11:24PM JST

why not car floating soil?using the weight of the car in a floating position, the entire weight transformed into energy.

Take Physics 101 and then come back to laugh at your own statement.

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Solar, Wind, Wave, Hydro, Tidal, Geothermal, Biological all domestic, all radiation free, all clean means of providing power for battery ballasted electric car systems! Even if larger vehicle numbers means smaller lighter vehicles, and reduced speeds for road safety sake, all will end well. Japan has 98% efficient electric motors, Canada has hemp bodies, lighter and very green, see University of Alberta, and the hemp Lotus body. Putting the American Drag racer syndrome aside, and their need for long distance car travel, you find the rest of the world content to use electric bullet trains for longer distance travel, and electric battery cars for the shorter distance travel, which is only logical. The unfortunate influences of the Great Corporate American Propaganda Whore and her mesmerizations on the American people and the people of the world are patently false! This is well proven in Japan, China and other Asian countries. Even Canada now turns away from these "sales pitch" notions of true happiness, and seek better. If and that is the operative word, 'if" the Chinese Thorium reactors prove to produce the over 90% efficiencies, and with benign wastes humanity can handle, and if they can produce a reasonable cost liquid fuel from the air as some claim, then expect a new oil free, U.S. Petro Dollar free fuel for some applications. The fact remains: Electric propulsion is totally pollution free and China's Thorium fueled reactors may prove to "Alter Global Energy Maps Forever". Even Norway is in the clean Thorium reactor race. Here's hoping Japan can devise her own safer cheaper reactors too.

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