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2008-12-05 04:41:21 PM  
And it doesn't need....roads.
 
2008-12-05 04:47:39 PM  

BunkoSquad: And it doesn't need....roads.


Yeah. As long as it flies, that's all I care about.
 
2008-12-05 05:12:02 PM  
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2008-12-05 05:26:19 PM  
why do you need to go over 88mp .. ooooh, ya almost got me you sly boots!
 
2008-12-05 05:28:50 PM  
I can imagine the conversations now...

"Cletus! Git over here and shiat 'n the tank!"
 
2008-12-05 06:47:14 PM  
I don't know about you all, but there are no ethanol "scraps" in this household, thank you very much.
 
2008-12-05 06:47:37 PM  
Needs more Oscillation Overthruster.
 
2008-12-05 08:33:18 PM  
So its powered by the rants of Bill O'Reilly?
 
2008-12-05 08:33:31 PM  
Haha, 1950 here I come!


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2008-12-05 08:34:21 PM  
Hey, wow! I saw this movie one time when I was a kid where... oh... nevermind.
 
2008-12-05 08:40:17 PM  
Ikimasen: Hey, wow! I saw this movie one time when I was a kid where...

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Whoa, that's heavy!
 
2008-12-05 08:41:39 PM  
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/obligatory
 
2008-12-05 08:41:44 PM  
Car maker unveils a vehicle powered by household garbage. However, it can only reach 88 mph


No Marty, Mr Fusion powers the time circuits and the flux capacitor. But the internal combustion engine runs on ordinary gasoline, it always has. There's not going to be a gas station around here until sometime in the next century. Without gasoline, we can't get the DeLorean up to 88 miles per hour.
 
2008-12-05 08:42:39 PM  
88 means it can drive on the highway, whats the problem?
 
2008-12-05 08:43:19 PM  
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"I hate manure."
 
2008-12-05 08:43:38 PM  
The original vehicle for household garbage:

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2008-12-05 08:44:26 PM  
If it breaks the 50-year US automaker status qou, it "won't meet safety standards" and will never be produced.

/In the meantime, Toyota will bring us plug-in electric vehicles that can be charged in 15 minutes and cost $8,000 new.
 
2008-12-05 08:46:07 PM  

named: 88 means it can drive on the highway, whats the problem?


The flux capacitor, silly!
 
2008-12-05 08:51:04 PM  
Cellulosic biofuel is produced from wood, grasses and non-edible plants.....

Finally there will be a use for kudzu

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2008-12-05 08:52:08 PM  
approve
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2008-12-05 08:53:24 PM  
Who cares, gas s below $2 a gallon again. Garbage ain't ever gonna run my SUV.
 
2008-12-05 09:01:50 PM  
"GM Holden managing director Mark Reuss yesterday revealed the Elizabeth car maker will build an ethanol-fuelled Commodore at the plant by 2010."

I'd be interested, but only if they named it "Vic-20"

/or Amiga
//or Perry
/ Lionel Ritchie?
 
2008-12-05 09:02:47 PM  

Seacop: No Marty, Mr Fusion powers the time circuits and the flux capacitor. But the internal combustion engine runs on ordinary gasoline, it always has. There's not going to be a gas station around here until sometime in the next century. Without gasoline, we can't get the DeLorean up to 88 miles per hour.


I knew there was something else missing from this thread.
 
2008-12-05 09:08:32 PM  
I like how 1 in about 50 posts actually mention TFA. I like it a lot.
 
2008-12-05 09:13:25 PM  

shinjitsuism: Whoa, that's heavy!


Is gravity greater in your time, Future Boy?
 
2008-12-05 09:16:42 PM  
GARBAGE DAY!!!

Remember that?
 
2008-12-05 09:17:46 PM  
Maximum speed limit in Ontario is 62MPH, so it should be good here.

/have a garbage problem up here too
 
2008-12-05 09:22:46 PM  
Yada yada, comments about not doing this in the USA, such a vehicle never being built, so on and so forth.

It's in Australia. It's cellulosic ethanol, nothing special apart from taking the pilot plant concepts to full scale. Australia imports every drop of gasoline AND ethanol. This is a step forward for them.
 
2008-12-05 09:23:16 PM  
Only 88 mph? Bah! We're American's! We demand EIGHT HUNDRED MPH.

/Except me. Hell, I'd be happy with 20 mph if it meant I didn't have to buy gas anymore.
 
2008-12-05 09:27:16 PM  
1.21 JIGGAWATTS
 
2008-12-05 09:39:19 PM  
Man, subby really earned this greenlight, because "GM announces pending E85 launch overseas" just wouldn't have done the trick, even though that's what the article is really saying.
 
2008-12-05 09:39:45 PM  
Jaws_Victim: Only 88 mph? Bah! We're American's! We demand EIGHT HUNDRED MPH.

/Except me. Hell, I'd be happy with 20 mph if it meant I didn't have to buy gas anymore.


Its called a horse.
 
2008-12-05 09:44:44 PM  
I don't think some of the people here understand the 88 mph reference...
 
2008-12-05 09:49:26 PM  
How, exactly, does a car running on E85 evoke memories of a garbage powered car?

On the topic of ethanol. Try doing a balance on the amount of energy you put into a field of corn versus the amount of energy in the fuel you get out. It's pathetically inefficient (both energy- and space-wise) and in no way viable as a fossil fuel replacement or supplement. Combine that with the fact that you'd knock out a lot more carbon if you just let that field of corn be a field of trees, and you've got a technology that's not as "green" as you thought it was.

I'm not trolling here. I'm an engineer, I've talked to other engineers who are smarter than I, and frankly ethanol is not a fossil fuel killer or even a viable stopgap alternative. Wind, solar, geothermal, nukular, even post-consumer biofuels - all great alternatives. But not ethanol. Sorry, midwest.
 
2008-12-05 09:50:21 PM  
I get teh ghey 88 reference, McFly. It just isnt that funny. Sadly, a top speed of 88 is probably all too close to the truth. I can live with that in a dirt cheap used econobox commuter car but I will not pay new car money for something with that limitation.
 
2008-12-05 09:58:04 PM  

Ima4nic8or: I get teh ghey 88 reference, McFly. It just isnt that funny. Sadly, a top speed of 88 is probably all too close to the truth. I can live with that in a dirt cheap used econobox commuter car but I will not pay new car money for something with that limitation.


I just found a picture of Ima4nic8or!

[image from joehu.com too old to be available] He's often displeased with most things!
 
2008-12-05 09:58:44 PM  

MuToiD_MaN: I like how 1 in about 50 posts actually mention TFA. I like it a lot.


You are so boring.
 
2008-12-05 09:59:15 PM  

wildcardjack: Australia imports every drop of gasoline AND ethanol. This is a step forward for them.


Australia's oil fields would like a word with you.

Australia imports only about 20-30% of it's oil, the rest is from local oilfields. Tons of LPG down here as well.
 
2008-12-05 10:01:27 PM  
Came here for Back to the Future references... leaving disappointed.
 
2008-12-05 10:08:43 PM  
The average Detroit car IS household garbage.
 
2008-12-05 10:37:56 PM  
My plan to fix GM and Amtrak:
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(A lot bigger, of course)
 
2008-12-05 10:52:13 PM  

chemical_angel: why do you need to go over 88mp .. ooooh, ya almost got me you sly boots!


Personally, since he used the word "only," he should have followed it with 87mph indicating that they don't quite yet have the technology to get to 88mph.

Minor detail that would only satisfy my poor sense of humor.
 
2008-12-05 10:52:49 PM  
yogaFLAME: How, exactly, does a car running on E85 evoke memories of a garbage powered car?

On the topic of ethanol. Try doing a balance on the amount of energy you put into a field of corn versus the amount of energy in the fuel you get out. It's pathetically inefficient (both energy- and space-wise) and in no way viable as a fossil fuel replacement or supplement. Combine that with the fact that you'd knock out a lot more carbon if you just let that field of corn be a field of trees, and you've got a technology that's not as "green" as you thought it was.

I'm not trolling here. I'm an engineer, I've talked to other engineers who are smarter than I, and frankly ethanol is not a fossil fuel killer or even a viable stopgap alternative. Wind, solar, geothermal, nukular, even post-consumer biofuels - all great alternatives. But not ethanol. Sorry, midwest.


Add that to the fact that ethanol evaporates way faster than gasoline
 
2008-12-05 10:56:35 PM  
/Came for the Back to the Future quotes
//left happy
 
2008-12-05 11:00:43 PM  
"Car maker unveils a vehicle powered by household garbage. However, it can only reach 88 mph"
But since it's capable of time travel, it can arrive before it left...
 
2008-12-05 11:02:47 PM  
subby: However, it can only reach 88 mph T-Shirt

Perfect! We'd have a problem if it only reached 87 mph.
 
2008-12-05 11:05:46 PM  
bingethinker-

I like the way you think, do you, perchance, have a newsletter I could peruse?

/Bought an American car once....
//...once
 
2008-12-05 11:24:51 PM  

veryequiped: Ummm... maybe I messed the memo, but what happens when it hits 88 mph?


The whole boiler explodes!

/no wait
 
2008-12-05 11:29:15 PM  

veryequiped: Ummm... maybe I messed the memo, but what happens when it hits 88 mph?


You're gonna see some serious shiat.
 
2008-12-05 11:35:50 PM  

veryequiped: Ummm... maybe I messed the memo, but what happens when it hits 88 mph?


You're going to see some serious shiat.
 
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