Doomsayer Environmentalists are Always Wrong Apr 23, 2010 20:38:55 GMT -4
Post by LunarOrbit on Apr 23, 2010 20:38:55 GMT -4
I don't think I actually asked a question, did I? I stated my inability to understand why auto makers are so reluctant to improve the efficiency of their products. It's like they believe the internal combustion engine was perfected in the 1950s and every change to improve efficiency (and the cleanliness of the exhaust) since then was unnecessary.
Why do they have to be forced to innovate? Why would they say "this is good enough"? It seems like backwards thinking to me. They should be eager to improve their products. Having higher efficiency than their competitor should be considered a marketing advantage.
Car manufacturers want to build cars they can sell for a profit, not cars no one will buy.
I don't buy the argument that the automakers are only giving people what they want. If people don't know what is possible then of course they will settle for what is offered to them.
Auto makers have tried to keep consumers in the dark about more efficient technology. When GM built the EV1 they did everything they could to discourage people from buying it. And when it was finally killed GM had to threaten the leasers of the existing cars in order to get them back.
There are people who don't care about efficiency, and I don't understand that way of thinking any more than I understand why people continue to smoke cigarettes knowing full well that they cause cancer.
I would like to believe that if given a choice between two nearly identical cars they will choose the more efficient one. But that isn't the case. More often than not people will choose the one that has the "coolest sounding engine" or the one with the most cup holders, and that doesn't make sense to me.