[extropy-chat] Debate on Peak Oil

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 23:59:56 UTC 2005

--- Hal Finney <hal at finney.org> wrote:
> : Blackshaw, who is chief customer satisfaction officer at
> Intelliseek.com,
> : spoke to a Honda regional manager about his concerns, and wrote a
> letter
> : to a Honda vice president on April 15 that was not answered. His
> story
> : has been echoed dozens of times online by owners of the Honda Civic
> : Hybrid and Toyota Prius.
> But you're probably right, there may well be cars that can do better
> than this without even using hybrid technology.  Perhaps going even
> smaller than the Civic would allow for better mileage.

Actually, it is primarily driving habits. People rush around so much
they HAVE to accelerate pedal to the metal. You just can't get peak
efficiency that way, using gas or electric. With the Prius there is
said to be a 'sweet spot' in acceleration from 20 mph up to 60 mph that
requires you to accelerate pretty slowly, just enough so that the gas
engine doesn't kick in to help out. You apparently HAVE to use this
method to get peak efficiency.

Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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