If it were accurate, it wouldn't be dangerous. But there are a lot of errors in the piece.
"Bio fuel will never be a large scale solution."
This is not correct. Biodiesel from 2nd generation feedstock is the only scalable, sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable solution we have to replace petroleum for transportation. Electricity fails in a very long list of ways.
"It will have it's niches, but electricity from solar is really one of the few long term sustainable solutions available. Only thing keeping solar back now is really price and that is still projected to reach grid parity in large areas of the world by the end of the decade."
Also, not correct. To manufacture solar panels, one must have rare earth minerals - a great deal of rare earth minerals. The scale you are suggesting simply does not exist on this planet. Also, we have sat across from the engineers for a long list of the solar module manufactures and none of them - not one - have a process or even a plan to recycle these rare earths into new panels.
Please review: EV's and Hybrids are not our Future - Emerging Technology Corporation, Green Division
"I did a cost comparison using the Ampera and a comparable top of the range diesel model from Vauxhall over average vehicle lifetime. Both cars are spec'ed the same and a similar size and performance. This was based on my 14000 miles pa commute."
I will suggest your test and evaluation was grossly inaccurate in its methodology and parameters.
"Gives the lie to their claim"
Just the facts - you need to collect more information about EV's and how they are made, their life cycle, recycling, ...
"And these guys claim to be influencing policy. Anyone from ABG or GCR care to expose the Emerging Technology Corporation for being a front for a biofuels company?"
We receive literally hundreds of messages per month from all over the world suggesting that we are backing 2nd generation feedstock sourced biodiesel because we produce and sell the product. Sincerely, we produce and sell 2nd generation feedstock sourced biodiesel simply because it is the only scalable, sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable replacement for petroleum available today. The fact that you are making these statements on this blog simply means that you folks have not done the math. The information you need is on the etcgreen.com website.
Last edited by vfx; 02-13-2012 at 07:12 PM.
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"Wow that article is bad. My favorite is that they imply that it takes 630kWh to drive 700 miles in an EV. Not 2,200 miles."
While there are certainly variables based on different vehicles, these numbers were derived from an actual real-world test of a Mini Cooper E.
"Oh and the $9k-$15k transmission replacement after 100k miles. That is rich too. Specially when all the EVs they mention are single speed."
Actually, your statement here is twisting the original communication. Have you evaluated the replacement cost of a Prius Hybrid Plug-in transmission? For most EV's, the "transmission" has been replaced by sensor arrays and computers controlling independent motors. Have you evaluated the cost of replacing this I/O control system on a Tesla?
"And I always hate that Bio-Fuel hacks never account to how we are going to grow the Biomass. My milk is already expensive enough. Ethanol is making our food prices absurd."
Actually, our website contains a great deal of information about how the world IS growing the 2nd generation feedstock for biodiesel. We are on the same page regarding 1st generation feedstock for biodiesel and ethanol.
- Ethanol production from any feedstock source is too energy intensive to be viable, ethanol offers a very low energy density, it has an extremely high evaporation factor and it currently off-sets food production on 32M acres of prime U.S. farmland so has a dim future for continued large scale production. [2010 - $310 barrel equiv.]
- CNG involves high maintenance compressors, a multi-$Trillion distribution system, serious environmental impact for extraction (fracking) and is not only the most volatile (unstable and explosive) transportation fuel, but also has the most volatile price history of any energy source over the past 10 years. CNG is a fossil fuel with a finite volume available. It has little future for achieving large scale production status. [2010 - $75 barrel equiv.; 2008 - $340 barrel equiv.; 2006 - $225 barrel equiv.; Projected 2012 - $160 barrel equiv.]
- Biodiesel from 1st generation feedstocks (soy, corn, grasses, etc.) offers low yield (less than 100 gallons/acre/year), off-sets food production on over 26 million acres of prime U.S. farmland today so has no long term future for continued large scale production. [2010 - $122 barrel equiv.]
- Secretary Chu's first major directive in office was to evaluate the "Proverbial Hydrogen Economy". The status report came back in May 2009 and called for $T's more in research, development, execution and a 50 year time line. Funding was canceled and this solution was put on hold indefinitely - a prudent decision. [2010 - several hundred $$ barrel equiv.]
Talk about inaccurate.
This is not "honest" today's Tesla could fill on this trip in less than 7,5 hours.
Last edited by vfx; 02-13-2012 at 07:11 PM.
The world loves to be deceived.
"Very biased and poorly researched article. It's pretty obvious you are pushing diesel and biodiesel products. Can't take your argument very seriously."
My Staff, and the Staffs of the DoE, DoT, DoD and EPA beg to differ.
Of course we are promoting biodiesel from 2nd generation feedstock - it is the only solution we have. EV's will not hit a double digit % for transportation in the U.S. within the next 20 years - if ever. Have you read our other article?
EV's and Hybrids are not our Future - Emerging Technology Corporation, Green Division
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