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Most plug-in vehicles are aimed at green-conscious consumers, but a team of former Tesla Motors executives based in Detroit, Mich. saw another opportunity for the technology. What if the millions of commercial fleet vehicles across the nation switched from overpowered gas-guzzling engines to plug-in hybrid-electric power? Enter ALTe Powertrain Technologies. At scale, the fuel savings make business sense and the environmental impact could be colossal.
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Siemens has a semi like that BEST DOGS AROUND and more.

August 29 2012 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oh yea oh yea

I don't see why no one, that I know of, has done to a semi-truck the same as with a locomotive? Have the engine run a dynamo and power the wheels electrically. This is the only thing beside forcing the auto makers to get better gas mileage from their vehicles that will really work. The vehicles on the road that are in good condition, no matter what year, should be retrofit with parts that will increase their mileage. Motor vehicles cost way too much and some of the huge profits can go to make the vehicles get 50 MPG, like it was possible to do, before the big oil companies and auto makers got together to drop MPGs and raise the cost of oil products.

August 28 2012 at 10:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Electric charging is less efficient than refining gasoline. I takes much more energy to convert fossil fuels to electric, then fossil fuels to gasoline.

August 28 2012 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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That is false. It is taking more and more energy to find, drill, ship, refine and truck the oil to be refined and delivered to gas stations. And only when electricity is 100% produced by coal is it more environmentally friendly to drive a Prius. Not any car. Just a Prius. And even then it's just barely. The US average coal use is about 45%. Most areas cleaner than that. So either way you look at it. EV's are cleaner. Deal with it.

October 16 2013 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

again....they forget that this stuff plugs in to the power grid....and they insist on calling it a Green vehicle.....Obama will put coal power plants out of business, Nuclear is going and windmills are a joke......where are they going to get the power to charge up millions of electric vehicles??? it's all an expensive dream...........

August 28 2012 at 8:56 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Green = Liberal.

August 28 2012 at 8:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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If you only knew how many republicans own a Chevy Volt. Not all are math illiterate. They see the advantages.

October 16 2013 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aren't these vehicles mostly plugged into a coal fired generating plant? And this makes sense how?

August 28 2012 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

awesome idea!! I just don't like the China part, keep it all here in the US, and don't give anything to the Chinese!! I am super impressed that ALTe is useing the F150 an American truck as the test bed, I hope they make it in this bad economy!!

August 28 2012 at 5:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Next stop China.

August 28 2012 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Translogic is thinking outside the box and, hopefully, indicates the old Amnerican inovation and thinking. Looking forward to trheir reports and success.

July 10 2012 at 10:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply


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