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Would you drive a Reva? October 30, 2006 1:13 AM

The government is blocking the import of a small electric vehicle made in India and capable of doing 65km/h due to safety concerns. Opponents claim that the government is ideologically opposed to the car.


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 October 30, 2006 9:49 PM

I would certainly consider using one, especially in the city it should be mandatory! As to their safety I would need to read up more to find out why they are being blocked. I can't say I trust the Howard government though as he seems to support only what he has a vested interest in. An excellent mooney man, but with morals I can't understand.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Electric car to undergo safety tests February 14, 2007 8:47 PM

The controversial electric car known as the Reva has been given a 12 month extension so it can undergo mandatory safety testing before it is either exported or destroyed.

The Indian manufactured car was given a three month stay on November 8, 2006 and now Mr Lloyd has granted the owners of the car a further 12 months to put the car through safety examinations.

Adelaide firm The Solar Shop owns the sole Reva in Australia and was granted approval to import the Indian-made vehicle about 15 months ago.

The Department of Transport and Regional Services has also offered to pay for the safety testing.

A department official told the estimates hearing the bill for the tests, which destroy the vehicle in the process, could be as much as $60,000.

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 February 15, 2007 2:30 PM

I would like to see AutoChina come in with a sports car that performs like the Tesla but costs only a few thousand dollars.

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 February 17, 2007 3:22 PM

certainly electric cars seem to be the way to go..   there have been combined electric / gas cars, where to get the car started you use a small amount of gas, then when the car is going it changes over to the battery to operate it.. 

its quieter more eco friendly.. 

most certainly would be a good option..   then again the cost of buying the car would be a huge contributing factor as to if you could afford to buy it..   for myself anything over $20,000 would be way out of my reach.. 

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Winning The Oil Endgame - Brazil has done it already! February 17, 2007 6:50 PM

Convert your car right now to an E-100 flexible fuel vehicle, which can use anything from 100% ethanol to diluted mixtures of petrol and ethanol!  Add an alcohol distillery in the store room of your neighborhood saloon, and you're off the oil dependence!  I myself am all ready to buy one of these for my auto but don't have real good plans yet for how I am going to supply the ethanol, build a distillery or what, so am delayed.

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 February 17, 2007 8:53 PM

The problem with biofuels  [ send green star]
Closure on worry February 20, 2007 10:12 AM

After some research on pollution, I conclude that environmental pollutants including all greenhouse gaseous and particulate matter can be easily filtered from the exhaust of chimneys, smokestacks and auto tailpipes.  This in essence is all that needs be done for now in the matter of coal, since coal is abundant.  Oil must be replaced with ethanol or electric cars.  The Chinese are in a position to capture the electric car market with cheap Tesla-like sports cars which is good for the environment and good for the world.  As to the carbon dioxide global warming problem, I solved it in under 15 minutes using only Wikipedia as a research tool.  The solution is to manufacture quicklime powder and dump it out of high flying cargo airplanes.  At least 4 million tons of it(I am not sure how much will be required to clear the air of CO2), combined with filtering that which come from exhaust, chimneys and the like, will solve the problem.
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