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Old 05-06-2008, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just found this.
http://www.motorauthority.com/cars/v...r-car-for-2010
Kudos to Volkswagen, I hope to see it in Canada at a reasonable price.

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Old 05-06-2008, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice. That company keeps getting my hopes up. This time I think they'll go through with it.
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That car has popped up on this site a few times. It deserves it.

Originally they canned the prototype. Now that they are planning on doing limited production, I'd expect Europe to get access first. With a top speed of 80mph, low acceleration, and a light structure, I can't imagine the U.S. being a viable market in the near term.

Definately an awesome technology demonstrator and an example of the way I think transportation should be heading.

I think the use of exotic materials (carbon fiber, magnesium, titanium) aren't worth their cost. While they might have been necessary to break the 1L/100km mark and generate publicity, I'd much rather buy a significantly cheaper version that gets slightly worse mileage. Fiberglass and aluminum would knock the price of that vehicle down substantially.

This is the best overview I've seen.

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Yeah, I hope the production version is much more mainstream in its construction. If it's made out of solid Unobtanium they might as well not bring it out at all, but if they can price it like a small car, it should sell well.
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Awesome, looks like the aptera will have some competition.


I would just love it if these super mpg cars became a new car class (like compact, suv, mid-sized) and every car make had a similar type car. Hopefully by the time gas hit $10 a gallon...
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Hopefully by the time gas hit $10 a gallon...
...I'll have an electric car.

Hopefully by the time electricity hits $10/kW, I'll have solar panels.

I agree about the new class for cars, but it should extend beyond type to include registration and insurance benefits. Right now, three-wheel cars (e.g. Aptera) have it great in California since it is considered a motorcycle, but in areas like Ohio, that distinction has kept some unique vehicles off the road.

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...I'll have an electric car.

Hopefully by the time electricity hits $10/kW, I'll have solar panels.

I agree about the new class for cars, but it should extend beyond type to include registration and insurance benefits. Right now, three-wheel cars (e.g. Aptera) have it great in California since it is considered a motorcycle, but in areas like Ohio, that distinction has kept some unique vehicles off the road.

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The only way that will happen is if the Greenpeace nuts have their way and stop us building nuclear plants.

That is a pretty neat car. I agree that less exotic materials would make it far more practical. The repair costs would be horrendous, so car insurance would be expensive. Liability would probably be cheap though since you couldn't possibly damage any other car on the road with it!
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I just found this.
http://www.motorauthority.com/cars/v...r-car-for-2010
Kudos to Volkswagen, I hope to see it in Canada at a reasonable price.
If everybody drove a car like this they would have to radically change the pumps at gas stations. You could technically get all your fuel for free (stealing it actually) just by draining the gas pump hoses into your tank, without even turning on the pump. Hit a couple stations at night after closing time and your good to go for the week!
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If everybody drove a car like this they would have to radically change the pumps at gas stations. You could technically get all your fuel for free (stealing it actually) just by draining the gas pump hoses into your tank, without even turning on the pump. Hit a couple stations at night after closing time and your good to go for the week!
Dang, you guys think of everything.

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