With apologies to Jim Kenzie…

The column by Jim Kenzie published on Saturday October 1st, 2016, needs a little editing. Jim’s words, my words.

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Is the time finally right for electrically fuelled cars?

It’s long past time.

There is little doubt that electric motors are a pretty good way to power a vehicle. Maximum torque at zero r.p.m., so excellent launch characteristics and strong acceleration. Low to no noise, compared to ‘infernal’ combustion. And zero emissions from the vehicle itself.

None of this is news. It was all true of the Baker electric, which went out of production in 1916.

The problem with the Baker Electric remains the problem with all modern battery-powered cars.

It’s called “energy density”, which is a measure of how much power you can get per kilogram of weight.

And, frankly, we are a heck of a lot farther advanced now than we were a century ago. Continue reading

2013 Nissan LEAF versus 2013 Chevrolet Volt

I remember attending a show ‘n shine, where a 50’s something Chevrolet had had its roof chopped and channeled, the springs cut to lower the body over the wheels, enormous header side pipes on the outside of the vehicle indicating exceptional horsepower, and a sign posted on the dashboard, which read:

Get in.

Sit down.

Shut up.

Hang on.

I can’t help but think of that sign in another context, 180 degrees from that 50’s performance Chevy.  The Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt promise pollution-free driving, no exhaust fumes, no greenhouse gases, and the ability to charge or fuel your vehicle at home.  Kilometres per charge, cost per charge and kilowatt-hours are the buzz words rather than cam timing, rear axle ratios and Hurst shifters. Continue reading

I want to be a part of it…

As Frank sang, there is only one New York.  In a city with 14,000 cabs, innumerable black cars, SUV’s the size of small apartment buildings, and one of the finest transit systems in the world, it’s amazing that there are so many new car/truck/SUV/CUV/SAV introductions in Gotham.  The New York Auto Show runs from March 29 to April 7, 2013. Continue reading