Nice Article and cool technology but I must ask, are we now promoting the
electricity public monopoly over fhe free market fossil fuel companies?
Where does the electricity get generated, and by what means? If it is generated
by burning coal somewhere else to generate electricity for a
"zero-emissions" transportation system, that is a bit disingenuous.
Re: "The initial cost of the bus is about $825,000 . . . ."Yeah, that's what SLC really needs, another million-dollar-a-copy [adding
in the extras] toy, just so pampered, overpaid UTA execs can assure their
back-East and Left-Coast tree-hugger buddies that Utah is doing its dictated
duty in the deranged, leftist operation to prop up the crony-capitalist wing of
the environmental movement.This lunacy would only make collective
transportation more expensive, and cannot -- given the source of the electricity
it'll consume -- reduce its "carbon footprint" by even a
millimeter. But, hey, it'll sure make an expensive, symbolic show of
"doing our duty" by Al Gore and his cronies, that are cynically playing
us for chumps.It just shows that the cynical, tree-hugging, robber
barons are actually right -- we are chumps.And we continue to
demonstrate it by buying into scams like this one.
This is a nice idea, but will it work. Right now the battery technology is
really bad only delivers maximum performance in electric cars when the
temperature is around 75 degrees. If you get warmer than that or colder than
that performance can be significantly cut. Yes they say you can get the
equivalent of 21 MPG, but is that under ideal conditions or is that what it will
get during the winter?Read "AAA: Range of electric cars cut in
cold, hot weather" on the AAA website or in USA Today.What is
the point of running an electric bus if it results in an equivalent MPG that is
less than a diesel engine?