Stupid Eco Vehicles

May 18, 2009

My two bits

No, no, no.

Hey, I love the Eco/Hybrid/Futuristic car/bike/motorbike/jet just as much as anyone else, but… don’t these Europeans realize that people have FAMILIES?! I saw a short video on Flixxy called Test Driving an EcoMobile (Flixxy won’t allow me to embed their videos, so you have to go to the website to see it). EcoMobiles are these bubbles on wheels– looks ridiculous! Imagine bringing home the milk and eggs in that thing.

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How about this next one? This is the The REVA, known as the G-Wiz in the UK. It’s made in India… and it’s electric, but… TOO SMALL! And God forbid the maniac driver ahead of you should brake for a squirrel.

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This next one is a car that runs on salad. As if we don’t have enough food shortages with ethanol… but look at this car! It’s a TOY! I don’t understand the entire purpose behind “eco” and “thrift” if a luxury toy is going to eat up (literally) important resources and be used for no practical reason. And I’m really uncomfortable about vehicles that run on the same things we humans run on. Should the day come when we run out of fossil fuels, well, no more lawn mowing… but should the day come when we run out of food…

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Here’s another weirdo car: the Tango. It’s so bad, they need George Clooney to stand next to it, to spruce it up. Again, I think you can get 1.5 people in that thing. It’d be better to ride a bike than drive something so silly! And be prepared to dump out the cash drawer if it’s got a Hollywood celebrity marketing it. No thanks.

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This is the Aptera. I love the look of the Aptera, but again, where can you stash the kids, the groceries, the backpacks, and the pet carriers?? It’s impracticable. Plus, on a highway with hundreds of lumbering minivans, SUVs, and Volvos, the Aptera is a safety risk. Ugh.

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The best eco-car I’ve seen so far is the “Air” car– a 5-seater car that runs on air (although looking at it, I have no idea where the “5-seater” comes in. I know for a fact that I could NEVER squeeze my 4 teens in such a tight space together, we’d go insane). It’s being marketed as a car that runs on FREE FUEL! Woohoo! Yeah, well, wait until the government gets their hands on this idea– before long, they’ll be taxing us not only for the air required to fuel the car, but the air required for us to breathe. Thumbs down.

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So after all these fancy schmancy eco-inventions coming at us left and right, what is still lacking?? A suitable, long-distance-running, long-lasting, passenger vehicle that seats AT LEAST 4 (preferably 6) people. Don’t we call these things internal combustible engines with wheels? Ya know, CARS?! See ya on the road!!

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Thanks to Gizmodo and Treehugger for the photos of lousy eco-cars.

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3 Responses to “Stupid Eco Vehicles”

  1. blueyes Says:

    I can’t remember what those little cars I see running around on the road but you just wait to see them squashed like a bug soon cuz they are soo tiny. You could literally fit 2 of them in one slot.

  2. Beth Says:

    I have to correct you on the Aptera, while you are right that you can’t put several kids in this car, there is plenty of room for bags and groceries. The Aptera is also made in California, and is pretty safe in crash tests.

    As an eco mom, I totally understand your thoughts on this. We have one family car, and I am hoping to get an Aptera in the next few years.

  3. megscole64 Says:

    Total insanity. Sacrificing safety is not an option for me just to make myself or others feel better about the environment. Morons.