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Electric cars should not be s immediate future (or anyone s)

by Swade · March 31,

News reports state there s a new bidder in the hunt for Automobile s bankrupt estate. it s a consortium of Chinese and Japanese who are looking to build electric Is it just me, or has this got disaster all over it?

I retain some that Saab can be sold to a who wants to make Saabs. speaking, if that company is to be from Mahindra, Youngman, or Sino-Japanese consortium, then my goes to Mahindra. They are a international industrial company who I have a realistic feel for s actually involved in the car industry and can see a for Saab in their portfolio.

though, realism hasn t a prominent role in the fate of for some time.

Reports through (covered on SU today ) to indicate that the Swedish are neck-deep in talks regarding electric car proposition. This isn t surprising as the government in Sweden fixated on outcomes that confirm or deliver political Electric cars present a happy, green picture s very Swedish, even if it s not realistic.

The electrification of the automobile is well and underway and it s more a matter of . rather than if . we ll be driving powered by something other liquefied Brontosaurus. That when . however, is a long way and the charge (pardon the pun) is not to be led from a higher-cost nation Sweden. Just ask the companies Think! vehicles what of prospects exist for a company just on fully electric Or Tesla.

Or Fisker. All of them are and none of them are likely to ever got off the ground without government grants or subsidies.

The companies having any sort of success with electrification are existing car companies with a range of regular vehicles to their spear-head efforts in the arena. They want to will) enjoy first-mover but won t bankrupt themselves to do so.

A few examples:

Toyota have built a cash reserve and invest in hybrid platforms, but even haven t seen massive of hybrid vehicles. That is likely going to change the addition of their hybrid to more vehicle lines, and the of the cheaper Prius C to their but Toyota have been the leaders in this field and only do so because of the success of other vehicles.

The Chevrolet regardless of what you think of its and politics, is an admirable technical Unfortunately for GM, it s also been a flop. People don t like the price they have to pay for the car in the US and as a result, GM have recently had to production of the Volt lest vastly oversupply the market.

just isn t there.

Why?

We ve told by advertisers over and again that the electrification of the is a wonderful thing. We ll be surrounded by gardens and all creatures great and from badgers to butterflies thank us in return. We ve all seen the in their Toyota Priuses their bit for the environment (and have objected to their presence).

I think most of us even that the electrification of the automobile is a thing for the environment, especially if clean power sources can be

The problem is that people don t, won t and in cases, can t buy these vehicles on good feelings alone. The majority of people will from a pool of vehicles is based on price first. like styling, safety, utility and reliability will govern. I m not sure where fits in for most people, but I d the most prominent thought to efficiency is how much will it to run? rather than how fruit bats will I with this car?

put Whilst we all like the nice, image that hybrids/electrics the fact is that the market t have products available are both utilitarian enough or enough to convince people to from more traditionally vehicles. Companies building electric vehicles are struggling and customers are few and far between.

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For the Swedish government, negotiating a buyer like this present a nice, shiny that stimulates industry to degree and presents a wonderful I fear that the reality be a much duller, however.

I don t exactly what this new has in mind, but the high cost of vehicles dictates that future success will on development and manufacturing in lower countries. I m 100% confident the Swedes have the know-how to great electric cars, but I m not that the cost could be to a level that would those vehicles a success in the

I think we ll look back in 30 and find that the electrification of the will come from the players, with a kick in the from some well-heeled along the way (who will fall by the wayside, unfortunately).

were developing an electric right up to the end of 2011. I even got to go for a in it and I enjoyed it. I never thought s near-term future was as a manufacturer of vehicles, however. This is that Saab would developed and sold as a halo with meagre (if any) included.

The hope would have to gain a foothold in the sector, trickle-down benefits for regular vehicles and enjoy a reputation along the way.

The Swedish took a political stand Saab were first for sale back in 2009, that they weren t to put taxpayer money into a if it couldn t survive on their They stuck with decision all they way, up to the time when Saab bankruptcy. As an aside, I can t help but if it s dawned on anyone in Sweden Saab are only costing the real, substantial money now Saab has folded and all those have to be supported, re-trained,

It would have been far for the Swedish people to help conditions for Saab s survival (as so other governments have in the last few years), even if it was politically palatable.

I believe in s capacity as a carmaker with a solid owner behind I believe Saab can start the 9-3 replacement that was already development and build a solid of vehicles from that I believe they can innovate and add to a solid base of consumer and do it well.

I don t know what stance the government will take in instance, but I don t believe in pipe-dreams, is what I think this venture could turn out to be.


I we ll just have to wait and see the

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