Archive for October 28th, 2011

Bloomberg News just covered the new Lexus CT 200h (h is for hybrid — aka battery plus motor). This car will compete head-to-head with the Fisker Nina, allegedly to be built in Delaware and available sometime in 2013. So, Lexus (aka Toyota) has a product to market 2 years earlier, with an extensive dealer network, an unparalleled history of reliability, and a cheaper price. Ouch. A couple of positive quotes from the article (that refers to the car using the Jefferson Airplanesque — Plastic Fantastic):

The Mini Cooper rules supreme to many urban dwellers, but the fact that I averaged more than 40 mph, even in the densest traffic, gave the 200h an edge. Around town, it’s almost deceitfully sporty…

The $1,100 premium audio package, with 10 speakers, made a pleasure of dawdling in traffic, and the leather seats are the most comfortable I’ve experienced since my all-time-favorite, the buckets in the BMW 7 Series.

The auto does not get a universal thumbs up — it is a little too plastic. Something that I suppose won’t affect the Fisker (if & when available). However, in 2 years time who knows how Lexus will have adjusted the trim, while increasing reliability, comfort, efficiency, etc.

Why is our Governor making risky venture capital investments with taxpayer money to compete against the top automobile manufacturer in the world? Who knows, but it was and remains a bad idea.


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I was trying to figure out how these things operate and came across something that I had never seen before. The operating temperature is 1,000 degrees Centigrade: that is over 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. This is about the same temperature as volcanic lava! Once the reaction gets started, it sustains itself at that temperature.
How efficient can this reaction be if the “exhaust” comes out at 1,800 degrees. The burning temp of a natural gas flame is around 3,000 degrees F. I am suspicious.
I don’t believe I have ever seen a comparison of the amount of electricity produced by these magic boxes as compared to a modern combined cycle gas unit by the same amount of gas.
I would also be interested in the energy used in the production of the “special inks” that the plates are coated with. Could these things actually be more storing energy rather than producing it; not unlike a battery? Another way to analyze this would be if the Bloom factory runs exclusively on Bloom Boxes? Do they?
If anyone has data on this, I am curious.

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