Man, we could have come up with all sorts of headlines!
Ford Meets The Big O
Is Ford The Missing Piece?
Ford Gets Big Sale From Government Because They Are Fiscally More Sound And Don't Make Nearly As Many POS As Other American Car Makers
Ah Ha! Fusion! We Get It! It Fuses Regular Old Engine And New Fangled Whatchmcallit... Mmm, Candy.
Of course, it's just two dudes in the Obama administration so it's not like the whole U.S. fleet is going Ford. And, really, two sales ain't a big deal. Unless you are an automaker. In which case, Jaysus, tell your friends!
There should be no bailout for automakers. Before we get too far into this, our love affair is with cars*, not the makers. Their short-sighted motives for high-profit (and low fuel economy) vehicles have created a mess that they themselves are responsible for and we see no reason to foot the bill.
For years Detroit shrugged off suggestions that fuel economy rules were unfair and so they put no serious money into research and development of newer technologies that would help with fuel economy. This sounds so familiar... Oh, safety!
And understand this: It will not turn out to be a loan.
What should happen:
The government should say no and tell them to get their loans elsewhere.
What will probably happen:
Congress will pony up the loans
CEOs will not be canned (they should be)
Unions will take a larger portion of the blame than they should
China will come in with big investments to one of the Detroit Three
It's funny that once this depression (it will be labeled a depression before long) subsides, unions will have been fully busted (as a relic of the past and as part of the problem) but folks will need them more than ever before.
While it may not happen in our lifetime (yeah, you, you old SOB you), it will certainly happen during the lifetimes of the children being born today: Electric cars will get most people from here to there.
And, really, there are no downsides to this. We'll still have road freedom, but we'll have no pollution from the operation of these vehicles. Our nation (and nearly all nations) will no longer be held hostage to those with the fuel needed. Because it will all come from the sun.
Meanwhile, we're busy working on a new sun-ray device that burns off clothes without harming the delish below.
Thanks to researchers in Ohio, our waste heat might not be so wasted any more. Well, it's not ready yet, but the long-haired thinkers out in Oh Aych Ten have figured out something with something and then, boom, you gots yourself from power from garbage.
Yeah, we didn't get it either. But maybe, down the road, it means less moving-parts stuff in our cars!
Man, it's all plug in, all the time! Lately, anyway. This totally makes sense as every current hybrid sold is really a regular car first and a hybrid second (meaning it really relies on the old-style engine we all know and use the battery system -the hybridy part- as supplemental power). But we we're starting to see the opposite happen... and even cars that are fully electric.
In the GM article below, we wonder... are all the manufacturers talking and working together to make the connector bits universal? Will the Volt have the same plug bits as the Tesla Roadster? Or as the Electric Lightning? Would be a big drag to have to go to different charging stations based on the car you are driving.
Man, talk about alternative fuels! Here's a car that runs on compressed air. And, in India anyway, will cost just $2 to fill up.
Compressed air has been talked about before, but this is the first one that we know of that is production ready. As a commenter posted (follow the link below): "And even if it doesn't turn out to be a winner, at least they're trying stuff over there. It would be nice if we'd do the same. Remember when we used to hear about good old American ingenuity?" Right on, brother!
By the way, even NYC tried the whole compressed air system... over 140 years ago. Of course, not only were there technical obstacles to overcome, but there political ones as well. Just like today. ahemoilmeninwhitehouseahem.
No, they weren't using peanut butter in the fuel cell thingies, it was something else. And, turns out, it was pretty inefficient. Using some long-haired books, the folks at MIT (fyi: do not send them a photo of you writing your admissions essay while wearing only a motherboard from an original Lisa... an original! prudes) have managed to make fuel cells 50% more efficient. Holy flying-past-the-old-style-fillin-stations, Batman!