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(IOL.co.za)   Ugly-ass battery-powered concept car unveiled in London   (motoring.co.za) divider line 143
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2005-04-16 10:14:11 PM  
If people could actually make an attrative design of these cars, people might actually begin to take them seriously.

Looking good is being good. Looking like a toy is... well, being a toy.
 
2005-04-16 11:32:08 PM  
De acuerdo! That is ugly.
 
2005-04-17 12:34:58 AM  
Try not to think of it as an ugly car... think of it as a cool looking golf cart.
 
2005-04-17 12:43:30 AM  
Heck, if that 8 foot long car and do 60 mph and can be bought cheap enough, I'm for it.

//Should look good next to (or under) a big-rig on the highway.
 
2005-04-17 02:35:02 AM  
Good god, that's ugly as sin. Looks like a pimped golf cart. It looks like Jesus smacked seven kinds of ugly into that thing. Tbank God that we'll never have to worry about car designers being outsourced to India.
 
2005-04-17 02:42:52 AM  
To: All Automobile Maufacturers:

Just because a car runs on batteries does not mean that it should look like a child's toy.

Thank you for your time.

-KapnKeg
 
2005-04-17 04:18:49 AM  
That, ladies and gentleFarkers, is fugly.
 
2005-04-17 04:19:23 AM  
This car is beautiful, a real work of art. It also is earth-friendly. I suppose some conservatives will lambaste its cutting-edge looks, but the fact that it will decrease fuel-emissions is a wonderful new concept. Its funny, those Republicans will do everything they can to stop anything stopping the consumption of oil. They are poisoning the planet. Go ahead, try and explain why poisoning the planet is ok!
 
2005-04-17 04:23:14 AM  
GIS for "battery powered car":



*chuckles*
 
2005-04-17 04:27:18 AM  
We're just shifting the source of pollution here, people. The power to recharge these cars still comes from good, old CO2 belching power plants. The engery doesn't just appear from nowhere.

/parade-rainer
 
2005-04-17 04:28:36 AM  
engery, energy, whatever
 
2005-04-17 04:30:03 AM  
Cogs
You said it brother, and those pecker-conservatives will do anything to stop anything that has a hint of enviro-responsibility. The fact is, Bush is an oilman and "green" cars are against his profit. I read on CNN.com that Bush even banned the color Green from the oval office!
 
2005-04-17 04:30:55 AM  
lol damn deep hurting beat me to the punch
 
2005-04-17 04:32:21 AM  
My first reaction was that it looked like a shopping cart.
 
2005-04-17 04:38:38 AM  
xenomino, nice attempt at starting a political flamewar over nothing.

I'd like to reiterate that this thing is ugly as all hell. I fully support the move to no-emissions vehicles, but that thing looks RETARDED.

Really, making electric vehicles that look like this DOES hurt the initiative toward their use.
 
2005-04-17 04:40:51 AM  
Cogs
Electricity is made in much bigger quantities and much more efficiently than on an individual car-to-car basis. You're right, it still pollutes, but it's better. Plus, we can work on that nukular power thing.
 
2005-04-17 04:41:42 AM  
Also, I'd drive that.

/likes tiny cars
 
2005-04-17 04:44:57 AM  
xenomino

Was that a flame?

I'm no enviro-nut, but I'm just saying that if petrochemical conservation is the ultimate goal, fine. However, the energy source is likely a good, oldfashioned coal/oil plant (or nuclear). Efficiency is best served by letting the car burn gas/petrol directly, instead of wasting energy though power lines and battery charging, two notoriously inefficient methods of power transfer. The petrochemical burden is just picked up by the power plants. Hence, more pollutants.

Then again, I did not RTFA. I could be wrong.
 
2005-04-17 04:48:48 AM  
Cogs: Which do you think is more efficient: the combustion engines in all motor vehicles collectively, or the generation of all the electricity (yes, minus what is lost in transmission) which would be required to power those same vehicles, some of which comes from natural sources which produce no pollution? I mean, how are you supposed to power a car with the force of wind? Put a sail on it?
 
2005-04-17 04:52:27 AM  
Well, that pretty much answers my question.
 
2005-04-17 05:00:55 AM  
bersl2

Sails are good, but I prefer some sort of open-floor model that can be powered by the manic scrambling of feet, Flintstone-style.

You make a good point, I'm just tossing some ideas into the ether. I just don't like the idea that these kinds of cars aren't more popular because of some government/big business conspiracy. If there is a market for something like battery-powered cars, they will be produced and bought. People still seem to have no problem buying gas-only cars despite the rising prices. If Europe hasn't made the conversion with their prices, it'll be a long time before the U.S. does. My point before was that energy conservation needs to start from the top down as opposed to the bottom up. Electric cars are all well and good, but let's get going on making renewable sources efficient and feasible.
 
2005-04-17 05:05:07 AM  
As soon as a decent electric car gets released, people will start buying them by the container load...

...so of course we get this. No, it's not an oil-industry led conspiracy, it's just car designers being stupid farkers.
 
2005-04-17 05:06:59 AM  
yup ... dems an ugly car, alright.
 
2005-04-17 05:10:20 AM  
REally, no flame was intended. My friends call me "radical", but frankly, I think I'm simply correct. The fact is that the conservatives' policy in the US is killing us. Cigarettes, alcohol, and oil are the downfalls of mankind.

Its like we were placed on this earth by God to protect it, but we are doing the exact opposite. And, Mother Earth is reacting in the form of earthquakes and torrential storms caused by Global Waring.

The fact of the matter is, if God wanted to kill the planet, putting us Humans on it was the best way to do it. But no, he put us on this planet as a gift that we are destroying. Anyone driving a car, eating MEAT or disturbing the soil of our plains is guilty of hurting God's will and will be judged.

It is not my judgement that will send them to hell, it is thier own actions.

So, drive your SUV's and contiue killing the planet. God is a Democrat and he will have his revenge.
 
2005-04-17 05:11:53 AM  
JerseyTim: Try not to think of it as an ugly car... think of it as a cool looking golf cart.

That's ugly, even for a golf cart.
 
2005-04-17 05:18:51 AM  
xenomino

OK, now I do want you to flame me.

I'd take it as a compliment.
 
2005-04-17 05:28:08 AM  
Must ... resist ... Xenomino's troll! It's ... tough. Do I have the power? Grrrrr.. Rawwwwr.. I'm okay for now, but my powers have been depleted.
 
2005-04-17 05:49:15 AM  
Wow. What a great car. Sure hope it doesn't rain...
 
2005-04-17 05:57:03 AM  
I'd hit it...?
 
2005-04-17 06:00:22 AM  
Cogs
The fact of the matter is that I dont' care how your feel. I am safe in my belief that we can only thrive as a human community when we begin to respect the earth that gave us life. If that is something you have a problem with, then please go and do what you must.

I, on the other hand will continue to only eat what died naturally and to walk to work daily. That is the only way that we can survive. If we all take a passive stance to our surroundings, at all costs. You may think you're doing the "right thing" by selling out to the Haliburton conservatives, but frankly, you'll be in hell with the rest for using oil (to kill our Mother Earth) and eating meat (killing the animals God placed to help guide us to Heaven).
 
2005-04-17 06:02:44 AM  
If they can make a Battery powered car that is the size of my Voyager Minivan, then, they will have a sale. I need something large enough to bring my equipment to my shows.

Actually, I would not mind having something small(But better looking with a roof) like that for going to and from work and local around town stuff. Be a good reason to get a windmill to Charge it up.
 
2005-04-17 06:03:17 AM  
I guess I shouldn't tell Xenomino that I cut down a tree yesterday to make room to park my F250 Diesel truck. After all that work, I sat down to enjoy a big juicy steak for dinner.

/true story
//looks like my ticket is paid for
///I like slashes
 
2005-04-17 06:09:43 AM  
The thing may not look bad, but they could be great for urban commercial businesses...just imagine if pizza companies and other similar businesses used them instead of the gas guzzlers we have now. I am actually living in Auckland at the moment and you can find these cars everywhere, usually with a company logo on them so they are obviously used for commercial purposes. Every time I see one, I have to wonder how the use of these cars would effect cities like Los Angeles or San Diego...I can only imagine it would have a positive impact for both the businesses and the environment
 
2005-04-17 06:13:06 AM  
Wow.....I never thought I'd find a car that was uglier......fuglier than the Aztek.
 
2005-04-17 06:14:11 AM  
how about hooking up a couple of solar panels to it?

Drive it to work and it will sit in the lot for 8+ hrs, with solar panels on it the batteries should stay fully charged, the only time you would need to plug it in is during bad weather, evan then there are still enough UV rays that could keep the solar panels happy.
I have solar panels in my van that get power off of street lights in the middle of the night.
 
2005-04-17 06:17:01 AM  
Wow, the first car where you could be killed in an impact with a pile of kleenexes.

On the up side, you cold switch lanes by crossing underneath 18 wheelers.
 
2005-04-17 06:17:53 AM  
xenomino

Your posts are almost a work of art, except that I've seen too many imitation trolls to be impressed anymore.
 
2005-04-17 06:50:33 AM  
Assuming theoe target audience is the scooter brigade thats slowly taking UK cities over its not that bad. Looks better than a hairdryer as well as being safer, and you can be taken more seriously in that than a "sports" scooter. Also, I think it would be exempt from the London Congestion Charge (5 a day to go into Central London, about 1200 a year).

Of course, everyone should just go out and buy a proper motorbike, which looks cooler, goes faster, and still is exempt from Congestion Charges

/biker
 
2005-04-17 06:53:26 AM  
Not very practical. It doesn't have a roof, and it doesn't appear to have headlights. You could only drive it on warm days, and only in the daytime.

I wish they had put some people in those photos so you could judge how big (or small) it really is.

And I had the same reaction as Bobwoodshed. It looks like a shopping cart.
 
2005-04-17 07:11:28 AM  
If I wanted to ride around in a death trap to save energy I would just ride a motorcycle...
 
2005-04-17 07:28:34 AM  
Sir Clive? Is that you?
 
2005-04-17 07:30:12 AM  
Looks like a big shopping cart.
 
2005-04-17 07:30:54 AM  
CruiserTwelve
Not very practical. It doesn't have a roof, and it doesn't appear to have headlights. You could only drive it on warm days, and only in the daytime.

It does have headlights.
I think it's kinda cool, but I agree a roof would be nice.

 
2005-04-17 07:33:09 AM  
xenomino:

. You may think you're doing the "right thing" by selling out to the Haliburton conservatives, but frankly, you'll be in hell with the rest for using oil (to kill our Mother Earth) and eating meat (killing the animals God placed to help guide us to Heaven).

If anyone bites on this they deserve it. Kind of like when fish jump into your boat. Try to be more subtle ;)
 
2005-04-17 07:40:05 AM  
My friends call me "radical", but frankly, I think I'm simply correct.

And everyone else thinks you're....
 
2005-04-17 07:49:25 AM  
That would do me no good in the winter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
2005-04-17 08:10:17 AM  
Cogs: 2005-04-17 04:28:36 AM Cogs

Power plants usually have some sort of emission reducing equipment on them as well. Conventional gasoline cars do as well, but they're limited by size and weight. However, a electrical power plant doesn't have to be user friendly, nor does it have to be light.

xenomino:

REally, no flame was intended. My friends call me "radical", but frankly, I think I'm simply correct. The fact is that the conservatives' policy in the US is killing us. Cigarettes, alcohol, and oil are the downfalls of mankind.

Wrong, greed will be the downfall of all mankind.

(to kill our Mother Earth)

Also, Mother Earth will kill us before we can do any considerable damage.

CruiserTwelve:

Not very practical. It doesn't have a roof, and it doesn't appear to have headlights. You could only drive it on warm days, and only in the daytime.

I'm sure it's not designed to be driven as a daily driver either. Probably fall apart in a year or so under what most American consider "normal" driving conditions. I'd also like to see what the average operation costs will be.

/flops around like a fish in a boat.
//Vodka+Fark=Fun!
 
2005-04-17 08:15:31 AM  
This car strikes me as being functional for it's intended purposes- urban travel in Britain. Why read more into it than that?

Just because ad agencies have drilled it into your head since you were old enough to be parked in front of a TV, it is not true that you are defined by the vehicle you drive. Now, many people really do drive what is functional for them, such as hauling equipment around, several kids, etc., but as far as most aesthetics and branding go, people really are fooled into thinking their cars make personal statements. They don't.

If you are a female executive, and particularly those of a smaller stature;a Cadillac Escalade does not make you a big, tough, male executive... and put the damn cellphone down!

If you are a twenty something male; neither a pick up truck or Marlboro cigarettes are going to make you a rough, tough cowboy...and take off that stupid hat.

If you are a man in your forties to fifties, no car is going to make you young again.

If you are a lesbian; you are not required by law to buy a Subaru.

If you are a gay male; you are not required by law to buy a Jetta.


Soccer mom's and everyone else- SUV's were a stupid idea even before they were called SUV's, and instead of intimidating, they just make you look stupid too. No matter how much they are marketed, everyone knows how transparent that is.
 
2005-04-17 08:53:16 AM  
bersl2:

Which do you think is more efficient: the combustion engines in all motor vehicles collectively, or the generation of all the electricity (yes, minus what is lost in transmission) which would be required to power those same vehicles, some of which comes from natural sources which produce no pollution? I mean, how are you supposed to power a car with the force of wind? Put a sail on it?


It's about the same. The best power plants are around 50% efficient, minus 10% for transmission, and then 80% on the electric motors themselves. That puts it around 32% which is the same as a gas engine. There's probably also some additional loss during charging since the batteries do get warm, and then some leakage when they're not being used.
 
2005-04-17 09:00:44 AM  
if its not an suv, its automatically ugly.
 
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