Wall Street Journal Slams EVs!

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(This outrageous article EVs was published in the Wall Street on January 20th, 2000 . I it up without authorization so the EV community have a chance to respond, the Wall Street Journal is a based web site and this should make the rounds Reading such short drivel makes me feel it’s the end of the world and we may as well pack it in and let the planet die! ran this piece right their masthead, as if to instigate generating angry reader They made it really to find their mailing WSJ 200 Liberty St, NYC 10281 . According to article, if you’re an EV enthusiast, also a communist!

Enjoy. C. ET Ed .)

Th!nk Again About

by Diane Katz Henry

DETROIT — This the annual North American Auto Show, a $300-million of new models and concept vehicles, draw 800,000 car-loving and 6,400 journalists from 61 So why are auto makers rolling out that no one would want to

From Ford Motor Co. for comes Th!nk, the industry’s environmental brand. It’s include a $27.000, two-seat car with a 50 miles range: a modified golf cart cup holders); and a 24-volt bicycle company officials swear scale a San Francisco hill on a charge.

General Motors is offering two versions of its Precept — a diesel-electric hybrid and a model that reportedly as the costliest car ever produced. And is showing its Prius hybrid currently sells in Japan with the help of a $3000 subsidy.

Automakers know isn’t what the public Powerful and roomy sport-utility light trucks and minivans now nearly half of all new vehicles Indeed, auto show are flocking to such offerings as three-ton Equator and two redesigns of its GM’s crossover Avalanche and a new 6.5 liter turbo diesel and Toyota’s jumbo V8 Sequoia.

For eco-car the Big Three have they have rolled out at three more SUVs.

So why so many eco-cars? Because the isn’t catering to consumers but to bureaucrats, who blame the internal-combustion for global warming. Never that some 98% of auto have been eliminated in the three decades.

Automakers now face crippling unless they fulfill quotas of zero-emission vehicles in of the nation’s biggest markets, California and New York. Even if the are met, they will negligible impact on carbon emissions — but they may reduce driver safety by smaller (and hence crashworthy) cars on the road.

billion of dollars annually are invested industry/governmental consortiums the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. Clay Ford Jr. boasts his company now spends half its RD on low-emissions vehicles. Much of the is wasted. GM, for example, invested than $350 million in its EV1 car before quietly announcing week it would stop for lack of consumer interest. couldn’t give the things

And no wonder: Who wants a car that to be plugged into the wall 50 miles for an eight-hour recharge?

Or the Toyota Prius — . This fall Autoweek took a Prius up to New Hampshire to the centennial of the first (steam-powered) car to 6,000-foot Mount Washington and to see how far alternate fuel cars had Just two miles up the mountain’s 7.6-mile road, the Prius had to to recharge its batteries. Yet, Toyota can barely meet for its new sport utility vehicles, officials are determined to bring the to the U.S. market this to demonstrate their green

It is no accident that the new environmental is gaining the most ground in economies. The Norwegian government a $5,000 subsidy for each vehicle purchased, and Ford to expand the line to Vietnam and where the governments will a costly network of refueling

Congress earlier rebuffed Clinton’s proposal for a $3,000 to buyers of zero-emission vehicles. But have not lost all hope. for example, is demanding a federal to market its hybrid Durango.

millions of consumers are shelling out of thousands of dollars of their own to buy conventional vehicles they want to drive.

Ms. Katz on automotive and technology issues for The News editorial page. Mr is an editorial cartoonist and writer for the

(The following reply was in the Wall Street Journal To The Editor section on January 2000. Remy C. )

New York

The Eco-Car That Thought It

In response to Diane Katz and Payne’s Jan. 20 editorial-page Th!nk Again About let me first set the record straight the Toyota Prius hybrid climb up Mount Washington, as in AutoWeek magazine. The first failed because the driver was not the car properly. He didn’t confess to error until the sixth of the article. On its second attempt, the cruised up the mountain without a beat, and the author noted the the car is it didn’t fail to climb the in one go.

The driver did.

Although the won’t be introduced to America this summer, it has been on in Japan since 1997, more than 30.000 been sold, proving to us it is a practical vehicle for everyday

The Prius is also a starting as serious first effort to the kind of environmentally responsible that operates seamlessly providing all of the performance and comfort customers have come to in a modern automobile.


National Prius Marketing

Toyota Motor Sales,

Torrance, Calif.

FYI: of driver error.

From 22 of December 6, 1999


Speaking of not-so-smart, we’d charging up the hill, depleting the Prius can make a tortoise-like, Eddy climb to the cloud-enshrouded of Mt. Washington without stopping, if the driver chooses the other of the two modes that manage its (actually planetary) transmission.

The behind the B setting we chose creates a sort of artificial breaking effect by turning the into a generator whenever the lifts the foot off the accelerator. But the of making a fairly rapid (the recommended 20-3- meant that as the car climbed, it trying to recharge the batteries as they depleted, diverting output from the task of the car moving.

Better to take advantage of the powertrain by selecting D, the drive in which, on the batteries are depleted, the car to gasoline-power only. All the engine goes into moving the postponing any effort to recharge the We demonstrated this ability the day, climbing without to recharge.

So the car is forgiven; it didn’t to climb the mountain in one go. The driver On the other hand, it didn’t charge up the hill effortlessly the way a would have.

(I’d to thank the staff of Autoweek for faxing Electrifying Times the text of this clarification. C .)

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