I am confident that vehicles such as the soon to be released in NZ Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will hasten the mainstream acceptance of 'battery' powered cars. Agree or disagree?
Recharging points in the city is of little importance. We shouldn't be commuting long distances in cars, we should be using public transport for this. Widespread car commuting is always going to a disaster for our cities purely on the amount of area cars take up. All the great cities of the world are great because they are not car dominated; they aren't full of motorways, carparks and cars. For those who insist on driving ...more »
We need to get real information on how much weight different models of cars can take, the process at present is flawed to say the least, the Japanese in some cases take the curb weight and add 55 kg per person, we take this value and subtract 80 kg per person, I'll leave you to figure out what this means to convertors
The industry keeps asking for grants for develping an industry in New Zealand. But there are other options. What about a low interest loans which can be partly or wholly repaid from operational savings afforded by the vehicle.
Also the vehicle companies have to come to the party, as currently their offers are considerably more expensive than in other countries.
I have a mechanical and electrical engineer friend who has created a car running on hydrogen fuel created by zinc platter and water. The only thing is that he is reluctant to make it public although I have seen what he has done. If this gadget were to put into all our cars it will be incredible. Zero pollution and no revenue for the Government. Any fuel running on petrol will be redundant and the end of oil exploration ...more »
NZ should seek to establish any economic advantage it can achieve by fully developing its significant renewable resources (hydro, wind, solar and marine energy) both to supply the local energy market and to expand the export energy market. Expansion of the export market could be achieved by enabling the processing of NZ primary products (wood, agriculture, fisheries, iron sands, freezing capability, etc), adding value ...more »