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Old 03-17-2015, 03:53 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Well, Ukraine is not Russia, currently, and that post is 1 year old.
Oddly enough, I couldn't find anything about the Edison2 project moving back stateside and only his Charlottesville real-estate project doing so.

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Old 03-17-2015, 04:56 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Edison VLC2

Automotive journalist David Zenlea used the term "dorky" to describe the Edison car.I'm sure that investors were quite appreciative of his comment.
Perhaps Mr. Zenlea and his kin will be happy to reimburse the trillions of Dollars lost to the US economy by not having 'dorky' cars on the road.
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I have not heard anywhere that Oliver Kuttner moved the VLC project to Ukraine. I have met him, and I was keeping up with his project, after being a guest member of the Edison2 team at the Knockout Round of the Automotive X-Prize.

Public acceptance of "different" car designs is difficult and frustrating. And it is an important consideration when designing and building a car. I hope that once people see how well a car works, that they change their opinion of the aesthetics of the car.

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Found the link to the paper that the picture is from:

Aerodynamic Characteristics of Subaru XT

It's behind a pay wall, but you can click on the blue View tab, Preview Technical Paper, and look at 5 pages (that may be the whole thing, I'm not sure) that includes that picture plus another few views of designs that were based off of that one, I think.
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Mass equals comfort but not necessarily protection. Race cars weigh about 1300 lbs and take horrendous crashes in style. The Smart Two is a beast in crash testing, better than some larger vehicles. SUVs take too long to stop and don't swerve as well as a sedan. A long, narrow streamlined car has plenty of crash zone room.
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Public acceptance of "different" car designs is difficult and frustrating. And it is an important consideration when designing and building a car. I hope that once people see how well a car works, that they change their opinion of the aesthetics of the car.

Beauty is as beauty does.
The best we can do is support styling changes that are efficient in the face of criticism.

When people post on boards saying X new car is uglier than the old one because they raised the rear deck and made the car more aerodynamic, I feel the duty to chime in and say "I think it looks great!". There's a lot of people stuck in the stone age who want their brick like 50s designs.

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