Foo - Mercedes is on crack!
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I mean, I appreciate the sentiment but they have a snowball's chance in hell of that happening.
07-08-08, 11:37 PM
It is going to take companies with the balls to do such things for us to get past our dependency on oil. Yeah they have a slim chance of it happening...but remember someone once thought a steam engine would be more successful than a combustion engine...
07-08-08, 11:45 PM
The Mercedes diesels built thirty years ago can be easily modified to run well on the grease that restaurants throw away. So, Mercedes knows how to build cars that don't need gasoline. But, even in the USA, there is not an infinite amount of restaurant grease available (except Flint, Michigan...world headquarters for greasy food).
It just doesn't seem fesible because they'll need a whole infrastructure to support it. So while they might switch, the rest of the world might not and that means no $$$.
first step is to decommission their 3000+lbs cars for something lighter...
Considering that biofuels is listed - outside of the US a lot of their vehicles are already diesel.
All they'd really have to do as a minimum is eliminate the gas engines from their lineup. We're the only dopes that'd have a problem with that.
07-09-08, 12:11 AM
The first paragraph is contradicted in the second one:
"One vehicle includes the F700, powered by a DiesOtto engine that combines HCCI and spark ignition to get nearly the same efficiency as diesel, but minus the expensive after-treatment systems."
Hence the problem with using blogs as a new source.
07-09-08, 12:13 AM
tubular chasis and lightweight body panels = less gas
first step is to decommission their 3000+lbs cars for something lighter...Shh! You can't bring that up. Whatever would people do without their heated, automatic cupholders?
I wish them luck++, but I doubt it will happen. I don't see any other fuels other than gasoline and diesel that the US has the infrastructure for.
07-09-08, 06:52 AM
If you look at the unbiased literature on every alternative fuel source, nothing is expected to be available in the amount or efficiency level which we Westerners expect for decades. That is why we have to keep pushing the idea of cycling.
My God why can't everyone be as smart as we are????
07-09-08, 09:11 AM
good for them for at least pushing the technology to see what works. +1 on lighter cars too.
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