Monday, October 13, 2008
Or harness the thermal energy of Atomic Red Hots.
There was this old joke about the wonderful electric car- cheap to buy, cheap to run, but the 40-mile extension cord sets you back 20 grand. Chevrolet has decided it seems to take their engineering inspiration from this, and they're promoting a car called the Volt. They promise it in 2010, complete with a 40-mile battery to replace the expensive cord of the old punchline. The new punchline is: No such battery exists. Plus, most of us would charge it with power from coal or nuclear plants. I say build it to run on clean, abundant snake oil.