If it doesn't burn dinosaur squeezins, it's got no place in my driveway.
Loose the batteries and solar panels, a diesel electric locomotive only needs a battery to start it's engine and fuel consumption per ton of freight per mile is far lower than any other method of land transportation. Now a diesel electric car probably won't be cost or fuel effective if you scaled the power plant down, but a diesel electric freight truck might be.To me, electric cars have a place. A small place, but a place.
This is a technology that needs to mature and be depoliticisied, ie not part of anybody's agenda or touted as a magic catch all solution.
I suspect that when battery technology matures and the entire skin of the body is used as a solar panel, then along with the regen from braking, they may have a clear and unequivocal advantage.
Till then....i'll stick with petrol/diesel
If it burns fuel, it has emissions.Some years back a portable multi fuel gas turbine generator was being marketed in CA as zero emissions on CNG and propane. Scale it up a little put it in a car with motors at each wheel, regen braking and a reserve battery pack and you’d have a nice commuter car.
I hate diesel it gives me the worst headaches and diesel smoke often triggers my asthma, it sucks getting stuck in traffic behind a diesel even the newer "non smelly" diesel vehiclesThe biggest secret--about 60% of the world runs on diesel fuel.....ships,trains,power plants,cars/trucks,generators-basically any construction equipment
Try driving a newer European diesel car. No smoke or smell not like our primitive north american diesels cars .I hate diesel it gives me the worst headaches and diesel smoke often triggers my asthma, it sucks getting stuck in traffic behind a diesel even the newer "non smelly" diesel vehicles
I used to work in an engine lab testing engines and the diesel stink would really get to ya after a while. The fun one was a Cummins 903 that pull 450 hp or 550 if it got over fueled. The black smoke was so thick it couldn’t get out of the 8” exh pipe fast enough.I hate diesel it gives me the worst headaches and diesel smoke often triggers my asthma, it sucks getting stuck in traffic behind a diesel even the newer "non smelly" diesel vehicles
I drive a 1980 Dodge Pickup, it's definitely paid for, gets 18 to 20 mpg.Often wondered just why should I buy a new car for $30K+, spend more $$$ on higher insurance and license fees, get 29 to 30 MPG when my 98 model still runs like a dream, is paid for and still gets 35 MPG? And it's just getting broke in at 160K + miles. Still doesn't use oil and still looks like new.
Yet, if one looks under the hood of “clean energy” battery-driven EVs, the dirt found would surprise most.