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So I thought it might be prudent to tell you what I want to talk about.  Now, I know that planning is often futile, but I’m going to try anyways.

Microcars: These are basically really, really tiny cars.  Ridiculously tiny (but also ridiculously adorable).  Honestly, these were more or less the first “green” vehicles – and they were popular over sixty years ago and got better gas mileage than most of the cars on the roads today.  I’m going to take a look back at the stories of these cute little cars, including these microcar makers: Messerschmitt, Heinkel, Reliant, Morris, Crosley, Isetta, Velorex, Goggomobil, Corbin, Peel, and whatever else catches my eye.

Green automotive technologies: Electric, hybrid, hydrogen, water, oxygen, solar, you name it, I want to learn about it and hopefully give some coherent information about the topic.

SMV teams: Obviously, I know a lot about Milwaukee’s team (or at least more than I know about other teams.  Of course, this is all relevant; I also think the main difference between two and four stroke engines is the kind of noise they make).  Regardless of competitive spirit, what these teams are doing is creative, brave, and deserves credit.

Other green car challenges: From the EcoCar challenge to races held around the world, I’m going to take a look at the other stuff going in the gas mileage arena.

Consumer vehicles: This is probably worthwhile to take a gander at.  After all, these super cars and water-powered vehicles might be pretty neat, but they’re not available to most of us.  So we have to make do with what’s out there somehow.

Barriers we face:   Oil tycoons.  Massive subsidies.  Central infrastructure.  That jerk who killed the electric car.  It might look like an uphill battle, but it’s what we got, and we gotta figure out what we need to do to keep trucking.  And keep on truckin’ we will – just maybe not in our beloved F-350s.

So that’s a hopeful look at the future.  Will I stick to it?  I’ll try.  Have a suggestion?  Let me know.  As with all life, when it boils down to it, this is a group effort.


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