Gasoline? NatGas? Take your pick, GM says

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by HallGator, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. G8trGr8t

    G8trGr8t Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    14,105
    Likes Received:
    971
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    SW Florida
    Ratings Received:
    +2,012
    They have trains run on natural gas now and I believe they're working on ones that run on battery power too
  2. exiledgator

    exiledgator Gruntled Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Messages:
    9,405
    Likes Received:
    716
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Maine
    Ratings Received:
    +2,233
    Sorry, Gr8t. I was tongue in check as I believe demo was poking fun by pointing out that trains are powered by electric engines due to their torque. (Diesels have historically been the gen set of choice)
  3. demosthenes

    demosthenes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,950
    Likes Received:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Ratings Received:
    +621
    World's largest golf cart.
  4. diehardgator1

    diehardgator1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,653
    Likes Received:
    124
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Ratings Received:
    +324
    I own a small used car lot just sold mine but loved it great power and millage The Jetta is some what larger than the golf The resale value is great also
  5. corpgator

    corpgator Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2010
    Messages:
    6,406
    Likes Received:
    164
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Ratings Received:
    +751
    Golf cart? The Tesla is the safest car ever tested. It broke the machine that tests roof crush, but that doesn't even really matter since because of the batteries placement, it is impossible to flip the car. There's no engine to get smashed into the car, so the front crumple zone is large. It's definitely no golf cart.

    And because it's electric, there's no lag when you hit the accelerator, which means a large amount of torque immediately. 443 pound-feet at 0 rpm.

    Yeah, it's expensive, but they will only get cheaper.
  6. geauxgator1

    geauxgator1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    6,855
    Likes Received:
    1,930
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +2,753
  7. geauxgator1

    geauxgator1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    6,855
    Likes Received:
    1,930
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +2,753
    I remember reading this the other day. Timely. Not all the kinks havee been worked yet.

    http://business.time.com/2013/10/03/americas-safest-car-ablaze-after-fire-starts-in-battery-pack/
  8. demosthenes

    demosthenes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,950
    Likes Received:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Ratings Received:
    +621
    As if gasoline isn't combustible too. An object strong enough to puncture through the steel steel plate protection hit the batteries on that car. The same thing would have torn through a gas tank and likely floor board of an ICE vehicle as well. Not exactly a kink. More like a freak incident caused by 25 tons of force.
  9. Gatorrick22

    Gatorrick22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    32,689
    Likes Received:
    2,463
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +4,323

    This is an outstanding idea. I hope we start to see the benefits of domestic Natural gas.
  10. geauxgator1

    geauxgator1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    6,855
    Likes Received:
    1,930
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +2,753
    Isn't the Tesla touted as the worlds safest?
  11. demosthenes

    demosthenes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,950
    Likes Received:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Ratings Received:
    +621
    Are you under the mistaken assumption that "the world's safest car" will never have a negative outcome?

    And in this case "negative" is the car burning with no one hurt due to the design slowing the spread of the fire.
  12. geauxgator1

    geauxgator1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    6,855
    Likes Received:
    1,930
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +2,753
    Of course not.. things happen. Like I said the article was timely/ironic. You have stock in the company?
  13. Gatorrick22

    Gatorrick22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    32,689
    Likes Received:
    2,463
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +4,323
    One Tesla just caught fire, and it was filmed. Cost the company a billion. Oops
  14. demosthenes

    demosthenes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,950
    Likes Received:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Ratings Received:
    +621
    Nope, wish I did.
  15. Gatorrick22

    Gatorrick22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    32,689
    Likes Received:
    2,463
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +4,323
    Really? You better look that up again.
  16. demosthenes

    demosthenes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,950
    Likes Received:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Ratings Received:
    +621
    What's their market cap? There are better companies to invest in now but if you'd bought in early you would be doing very very well.
  17. Gatorrick22

    Gatorrick22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    32,689
    Likes Received:
    2,463
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +4,323

    Read this.

  18. umcpgator

    umcpgator Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    23
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Maryland
    Ratings Received:
    +36
  19. Gatorrick22

    Gatorrick22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    32,689
    Likes Received:
    2,463
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings Received:
    +4,323
  20. demosthenes

    demosthenes Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    6,950
    Likes Received:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Ratings Received:
    +621
    Let's recap.

    There was one fire in a Tesla.

    Balance that against 194,000 vehicle fires per year.

    Let me know when ICE vehicles figure out the fire problem.

Share This Page