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376 MPG Opel – Conspiracy

Normally I don’t dabble in conspiracy theory websites, nor do I entertain trying to unravel the mysteries of the powers that be.  For one I’m not smart enough, for two, there are just not enough hours in the day.  However, this article, having an automotive flair to it, caught my attention.  According to the article, the author has purchased an old Opel made car, which reportedly got 376 miles per gallon.  Why hasn’t it seen the light of day or seen technology move int he direction that existed so many years ago?  Big Oil said NO!?

According to reports, this special 1959 Opel was modified in 1973 to allow the outrageous and hard to believe gas mileage.  To achieve such astronomical efficiency the gasoline was super heated before actually used in combustion.

It’s an old article, but it looks like this special fuel efficient Opel was actually sold in 2008 for over $375,000.  Plan on covering a lot of miles every year to make up the savings.

Source of green 1959 Opel that Big Oil Hates – http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2007/05/01/big-oil-conspiracy-376-mpg-opel-uncovered/

EV Stations In Houston

[ad#Top of Post Left]EV or electric vehicles are considered the future by many automotive industry experts.  This green technology has its limitations, one of which is it’s source of power, where it fills up or plugs in.  Up until now, the most common place to recharge your EV’s batteries would be at home.  The range limitation of an all electric vehicle limits the purchase opportunity to many long range commuters, so Houston is taking a step to provide other charging station solutions.

“I recognize that Houston is a car city,” she said. “But let’s make sure if you have a particular type of car you want to drive, and it’s an electric vehicle, let’s make sure it’s supported.”

Businesses are already jumping in and offering to support the cities initiative.  In addition to opening up carpool lanes, the city is working with businesses like Walgreens, Best Buy, and other markets to install these EV charging stations.  It’s named the NRG Network and already has plans to install these charge spots in 150 stations.

eVgo Charge Station

eVgo Charge Station

Other problems plague the EV chargers, such as the time it takes to fully charge the usual lithium-ion batteries.  Most of the stations Houston plans on installing will take up to 4 hours to fully charge your vehicle.  This doesn’t exactly lend itself to a quick run into Walgreens for some milk.  Only 50 of the 150 NRG network stations in Houston will be the quick-charge type, which will typically fully charge an EV battery in about 30 minutes.  This becomes a much more manageable time, which could be completed by the time you wait in line at a market and do your weekly shopping.

Taking further steps to support electric vehicles, the NRG Network in Houston has agreed to install the quick-charge stations in residences.  The cost seems relatively inexpensive, a 3 year $49 month agreement is all that is needed.

The new EV stations in Houston, branded as eVgo, are believed to be on the crest of a technological wave.  This wave carries the futures of efficient vehicles, losing our dependency on foreign oil, and many more environmental factors.  Lets hope that the Houston experiment catches on and other cities catch the wave soon.  If we get enough early adopters we can finally drive the price of an EV down and start seeing some real savings that will bring more people on board.

Tesla Motors Testing Electric Car

No more laboratory research and development, the first Tesla electric sports car is out on the road currently being tested.  Hard to believe, but the car is actually being driven for a day by an individual, not involved with Tesla Motors.  Perry Hariri, which won the auction to drive the Tesla car for a day, won the auction off of a philanthropy auction site.  But what does this mean for the tentative release of the Tesla all electric sports car?

Dubbed the Model S, Tesla’s first offering is a sedan, which faces obstacles before actually making it to the assembly line.  For starters, the green car maker is facing environmental concerns with the plant it just purchased.  According to the state of California, Tesla is responsible for the previous owners ground contamination, which has been stalling more than it’s IPO.

“Because of their qualified success so far, Tesla has helped create this acceptance of the idea of a luxury electric vehicle,” he says. “Now the notion that electric vehicles actually do have a place in a range of transportation options is no longer a radical idea.”

Tesla Motors (TSLA) is currently selling for just $19.57, dropping low after a 52-week high of $30.42 per share.  Is the economy ready for a luxury all electric vehicle?  Tesla thinks so and is pushing forward to an early release of the Model S all electric sedan, yet just trying to juggle the responsibilities of producing thousands of cars a year.  Sounds like a good problem to have.