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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] hybrid vehicle subsidies in Quebec ?
>According to the article below, Quebec may adopt hybrid vehicle subsidies
>similar to those in the US....
One can spend $34,000 and get a Toyota Prius hybrid and get a $2000
subsidy, or one can spend $16,000 and get a Toyota Echo and no subsidy.
The Echo registers better fuel efficiency than the Prius. So which car
would a rational person buy? These subsidies are going to rich people
who are buying expensive status symbols.
The hybrid technology starts to become significant when you can plug in
the batteries to charge them and run the vehicle most of the time on
electricity. For these cars the gasoline engine would only be needed
for long trips from one city to another.
Bicycles are great but I cannot use one because of the theft problem.
They are too cheap to insure and yet valuable enough to be stolen.
What I would like to see is a hybrid car that demanded all its
passengers to exhibit a high heart rate before it would move. Their
pedaling could be used to power the car, but this power would not be
necessary for movement. Instead, the time spent in the car would be an
exercise period that improves health. The heart rate monitoring could
be individualized so that each person does what is appropriate for them.
Randal Leavitt ---------- gnupg public key: bbbad04d