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4/4/2011 02:26 PM EDT
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yalanand
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yalanand   4/4/2011 6:28:05 PM
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Its really sad to know that United States will miss the mark by about 160,000 vehicles because of events that happened in Japan. Lets hope production of lithium-ion battery production starts soon in Japan.

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_hm   4/4/2011 6:31:33 PM
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This may look daunting task. But USA has power to accomplish this and everyone should make their effort to achieve this.

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R WOOD   4/4/2011 6:35:53 PM
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Wait a minute. On November 2, 2008, didn't Obama say "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket"? Methinks this is all socialist baloney.

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mat9000   4/4/2011 6:41:24 PM
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you miss an important aspect... Batteries need to be charged...guess how the Energy is generated? Nuclear Power plants. not sure if this is the way to go. Japan should make us to think it over.

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lcovey   4/4/2011 6:57:29 PM
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If we put the target for hybrids and Electric vehicles, we might have a shot. Americans buy between around 11.5 million cars a year. 2.4 percent of those were hybrids last year so we are talking about 250,000 cars on the road, this year alone that meet the mark. If we go with electrics only, then we have a problem since current projections for all makers is 10,000 a year only, and that was before production got shut down in Japan. Could we se a 100X ramp in production between now and 2005? Possible, but not probable.

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Me2   4/4/2011 7:06:31 PM
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I think an equivalent thought to this goal is "Give peace a chance". Nice thought, but considering the realities involved, good intentioned but not very well thought out. The solution is going to bring with it a whole new set of problems. Clearly wind and solar power are not going to supply the energy needed (as Europe is discovering). Therefore nuclear and oil will still be needed to energize the go-carts. Furthermore, this past winter has proven electric vehicle impractical in hard winter driving. Not sure how people that farm and make their living in the wide open spaces are going to justify go-carts for their livley hood. So, keep dreaming...

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Chrisbaron   4/4/2011 7:09:41 PM
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Exactly how is this supposed to happen with ZERO affordable decently performing electric vehicles available now in 2011($40k Volt don't make me laugh) and no charging infrastructure in place and no plans to actually implement it? These kind of grand pronouncements of lofty goals disconnected from any reality are the stuff of Soviet 5-year plans. Makes a good speech but without a lot of hard work and societal determination it ain't gonna happen.

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selinz   4/4/2011 7:10:17 PM
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This data does not make sense to me. CA had a HOV program that allowed 85,000 cars to have stickers. That ended in around 2006. I have seen dramatic increases in the number of hybrids since then. These numbers for the US seem low. It seems like the 1 million number should be EASY. I'd have guessed there are close to 1 million already.

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Robotics Developer   4/4/2011 7:14:43 PM
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Unless and until personal electric transportation (cars) become cost effective and physically supported (charging stations at work, along highways, or really long run times) the electrics will not take off. The limited range (I am not including hybrid gas/electrics) is just than limited and if caught short (no pun intended) of power - how do you walk to the "gas"station and get some power for your dead car? The infrastructure needed will be costly to install and run (someone has to pay for the electricity to charge); without government money (read here more our our tax dollars funding another "good idea") the will not be support for a low to minimal return on investment. We should be looking for more efficient cars (gas/diesel/whatever)and continue to work on the storage problem (large,costly batteries). Perhaps we should be re-looking at LP? This has been both tried and worked, there is enough range in the vehicles, and there is a support structure in place currently.

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jreisenbuckler   4/4/2011 7:18:37 PM
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EVs are only part of the solution. Natural gas cars, hydrogen cars should also be factored into the mix. Individual creation of energy should also be promoted. Incentives should be in place for individual home owners to generate their own electricity through wind and solar generation. Whatever they don't consume, is converted to hydrogen, which can be stored and used later to power their car, heat their home, etc.

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