Winnie, Winnie, Winnie… That’s compelling, not propelling.
Well, you can, but they may lock you up.
“Oh, well, never mind.”
And, if you start talking about 1000 miles per gallon, then they definitely will lock you up. Unless, of course, you are the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The October / November 2005 issue of Mother Earth News featured Bill Moore, the publisher and editor in chief of EV World (www.evworld.com), a weekly online publication and clearinghouse focusing on electric vehicles and related news. Bill, who began reading Mother Earth News in the mid-1970s, which helped kindle his interest in sustainable technologies and energy, states in an article about biofueled PHEVs:
“James Woolsey, the former director of the CIA, argues that burning E85 (85-percent ethanol; 15-percent gasoline) would further reduce the amount of gasoline the “flexible-fuel plug-in hybrid” would consume. If Energy CS?€™s 160-mpg Prius were refitted to burn E85, it could consume only 15 percent as much gasoline, resulting in the equivalent of a conventional car getting 1,000 mpg for the first 60 miles ?€” at least theoretically. After 60 miles, the fuel efficiency would drop back to 333-mpg gasoline equivalent.”
“What? You’re getting only 300 miles to the gallon in your flex-fuel-phev?”
Actually, this is somewhat of a misleading exaggeration since fuel is consumed to generate the electricity stored in the PLI batteries of the PHEV — all the more reason that publishers, editors, and writers of information about electric vehicles need to use a different, common standard, e.g., kilometers per megajoule.
“Well, what if, instead of a biofueled generator, I get a fuel cell, and go around shouting, I’ve got Hydrogen Power?”
(Holds up thumbs and index fingers to form a square from which to peer through.)
“Well, then we could stage a rescue; they could save the fetching Daryl Hannah from being carried off by someone dressed as a sheik driving a Bugatti. She dispatches the bad guy (chop-chop) and jumps into the GEM as the Bugati veers off and crashes into flames. Then our gyros drive off together into the sunset singing The Electric Slide. Whadyathink?”
You say they went to the drive-in for subs? Well, EVs do seem to make sense for short trips.