Google Offers $10 Million For 100 MPG Car

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Google said Tuesday it is getting in on the development of electric vehicles, awarding $1 million in grants and inviting applicants to bid for another $10 million in funding to develop plug-in hybrid electric vehicles capable of getting 70 to 100 miles per gallon.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/06/19/news/economy/google_plugin/index.htm?eref=rss_topstories

Organizing the world's transportation...err.

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Wonder how long it'll take till

the wheels fall off this one as well. LOL

Big Brother in the Drivers Seat

Of course there no mention that the car will have a wi-fi port to connect to all the Google sponsored free wi-fi in the city, and a GPS system that interfaces with Google maps to give you relevant advertising. If you opt into google driving history it will even make suggestions of where you should go based on your past driving destinations. You can even more perks from your Google car if you get a car with built in webcam that uploads pictures into the Google Streetside program.

Guilt trip. It would take

Guilt trip.

It would take thousands of those things to offset the carbon belch that the 767 puts out.

At least they are paying for PR drivel now, 10 mil is a small price to pay to keep googley buzz going.

Typical crap. Funny thing is

Typical crap. Funny thing is the Inco mine in Canada where the Nickel for those hybrid batteries come from destroyed the entire surrounding landscape between the 30's-70's. Like a good company though they're planting trees to help reconstruct the environment and lowering their sulfur dioxide emissions.

The NASA astronauts salute all you hybrid owners though since they can still test their moon rovers there since it still resembles a lunar landscape. By the time all that Nickel is shipped to Japan to make the batteries then assembled into the car, the freaking POS has a larger carbon foot print and has contributed to more echo harm than a Hummer could ever do LOL.

If Google really wants to help throw money at projects that get away from MPG.

Bad mood today, Mike? Have

Bad mood today, Mike? Have you had your daily dose of caffeine?

;)

Don't fret too much...

...they are trying to help:

http://www.toyota.co.jp/en/environment/recycle/battery/index.html

Also:

07 Prius:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/23599.shtml

07 Hummer H3 (the "best" from Hummer for MPG and such):
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/23410.shtml

Over three times the emissions. I wonder what the original Hummer and H2 put out?

Footprint...may want to stop buying laptops, electronics, and electronic toys for your kids then. Stop fertilizing your lawn. Oh, and stop watering your lawn and hope the rain is enough. Screw the lawn and cement it in? Oh, but what about helping with CO2 conversion?

SB

Bad mood today, Mike? Have

Bad mood today, Mike? Have you had your daily dose of caffeine?

;)

Nectar of the seo lol :P Nope haven't had one of those since last October.

Quote: Footprint...may want

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Footprint...may want to stop buying laptops, electronics, and electronic toys for your kids then. Stop fertilizing your lawn. Oh, and stop watering your lawn and hope the rain is enough. Screw the lawn and cement it in? Oh, but what about helping with CO2 conversion?

Well, that's actually pretty easy and really should be done by everyone. Add a few rain barrels to your gutters and use that for watering the lawn. Fact is, the rain *is* enough if you collect it. And by the way, "lawn" as in grass is a cultural aberration from the big industry that patented grass seeds decades ago (I lived in NJ... home of grass seed university Cook College at Rutgers). Lawn grass is way sub-optimal as a yard carpet, so get rid of it and by the way, the fertilizer problem goes away with it.

Never cement it over... we need less impermeable surface not more. Try gravel, wild flowers, clover, etc.

As for those electronic toys, I'm afraid we need those to keep our kids smart and competitive. So make the effort to recycle electronics, buy new ones more frequently (selling the old ones as perfectly good used ones.. a viable used gear market is an effective form of recycling and it reduces waste considerably). Better yet, give your old one away to a dumb-ass neighbor. It might help him to a bit of enlightenment, which would be better for everybody.

As for Google, $100 million is so little it doesn't really matter how short-sighted this particular "invetsment" is. Anyway I agree that Google probably has it's eyes on in-car tracking.

Quote: Try gravel, wild

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Try gravel, wild flowers, clover, etc.

I've tried this, they haven't eaten me yet - but it's a close thing every time I have to leave the house these days.

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