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The Ethics of Driving: From SUVs vs Hybrids, to Energy Policy

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{Wheels.14.1}: {michael33} Sun, 06 Jun 2004 03:24:11 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:29 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.2}: {michael33} Sun, 06 Jun 2004 03:26:45 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:30 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.3}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 04 Aug 2004 14:21:52 CDT (4 lines)

http://www.slate.com/id/2104755/

Many SUVs are illegally operated on streets with posted weight limits.
 Veddy interesting...

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{Wheels.14.4}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 04 Aug 2004 14:34:10 CDT (1 line)

Haha!  I hadn't thought about that!

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{Wheels.14.5}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 04 Aug 2004 19:42:37 CDT (11 lines)

Nor had I.

We had a couple of our friends get tickets last year. Here, our
driver's licenses are rated by the GVW (gross vehicle weight) you
are trained to drive -- you can't drive a tractor-trailer on a
regular license, for example, because of the truck's weight.

Our friends had huge 4x4 pickup trucks, which were within their base
G driver's licenses. But once they hooked up their trailers and put
snowmobiles on them, the combined weight of the truck and trailer
went behind what they're licensed to drive.

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{Wheels.14.6}: {michael33} Wed, 04 Aug 2004 22:48:50 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:33 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.7}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 12:58:17 CDT (3 lines)

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/24august04_hybrid.htm

Hybrid gas/electric Honda scooter.  I wonder if it's a four stroke.

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{Wheels.14.8}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:16:11 CDT (1 line)

50cc's.  What kind of real world top MPH is that capable of producing?

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{Wheels.14.9}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 13:25:16 CDT (7 lines)

Well my (now) 70cc Malaguti scooter will show 59mph on level ground.
At 50cc it was 52mph.  Those are a touch higher than what I suspect
the average Honda or Yamaha does, though.

Plenty fast for commuting on surface streets, and quick to 25mph in
stop-and-go situations.  Sometimes I almost forget that I wanted a
motorcycle.  Almost.  :)

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{Wheels.14.10}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 14:47:55 CDT (1 line)

Ah.  OK.  Thanks!

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{Wheels.14.11}: {michael33} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 15:34:16 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:37 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.12}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 20:50:48 CDT (12 lines)

I drove a hydrogen car yesterday. It's a converted GEM car --
without going into the press kit (which is below a ton of papers)
it's basically a golf cart. It'll do a governed 45 km/hr.

It was at Exhibition Place, a Toronto site that hosts an annual fair
and throughout the year is used for trade shows and other events.
They'll be running two fuel cell John Deere work vehicles at the
site; they also had a hydrogen forklift truck there. It was the
unveiling of Canada's first urban hydrogen filling station.

The cool thing is that the hydrogen is produced there, using wind
power from a turbine. Air power to turn water into fuel.

Attachment: Hydro.jpg (60K)

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{Wheels.14.13}: {michael33} Wed, 25 Aug 2004 22:47:30 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:39 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.14}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 26 Aug 2004 07:56:28 CDT (7 lines)

Is that what it is? Thanks. It had a golf cart license on it (for
use at the event) so I thought that was what it was. I've got more
info on it somewhere here ...

It's a hybrid, actually. There are capacitors in it, also (they
called them "battery replacements"). It's like the Prius in that it
runs on the battery for a while and then charges uses the hydrogen.

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{Wheels.14.15}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 11 Oct 2004 05:54:45 CDT (10 lines)

{Wheels.16.1}: Glen Marks {wotan} Fri, 08 Oct 2004 19:06:10 CDT (5
lines)


Japanese cars top the list:

"http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
tmpl=story&cid=509&ncid=509&e=44&u=/ap/20041008/ap_on_bi_ge/fuel_econ
o
my"

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{Wheels.14.16}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 26 Oct 2004 16:48:15 CDT (HTML)

Okay, I'll grant that maybe this driver really NEEDS to drive a SUV...

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{Wheels.14.17}: {michael33} Tue, 26 Oct 2004 17:04:23 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:41 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.18}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 26 Oct 2004 17:09:55 CDT (1 line)

??  Even though I was jesting, I am curious:  How do you know that?

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{Wheels.14.19}: 92 SVX, 59 TBird, 68 F250 {fvehafric} Tue, 26 Oct 2004 18:12:29 CDT (3 lines)

I could be the headline:

"Four Wheel Drive IS No Help"

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{Wheels.14.20}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 26 Oct 2004 18:18:19 CDT (2 lines)

Sez some witty photo caption editor in SFO about a quake photo from
Japan.  Whatever.

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{Wheels.14.21}: Jack Van Gossen {lowjack} Sat, 06 Nov 2004 13:42:35 CST (2 lines)

Looks more like a micro-sized hatchback than an SUV to me. Especially
given that large SUVs don't exactly grow on trees in Japan.

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{Wheels.14.22}: just me {digem} Wed, 08 Dec 2004 09:24:21 CST (3 lines)

Honda vehicles said most environmentally-friendly: study

"http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1539&e=3&u=/afp/20041207/sc_afp/us_auto_environment_041207233924"

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{Wheels.14.23}: {michael33} Sat, 25 Dec 2004 00:47:23 CST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:45 CDT}

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{Wheels.14.24}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sat, 25 Dec 2004 14:39:42 CST (3 lines)

Did you have to pre-charge for the trip in both directions then?  Or
did the Lepton hold enough of a charge to get you back home on that
single charge?

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{Wheels.14.25}: {michael33} Sat, 25 Dec 2004 14:48:37 CST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:02:47 CDT}

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