60 Minutes: Unintended Hyperbole?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
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  • GS650G GS650G on Oct 06, 2008

    So Leslie Stahl gets a test ride?

  • Savuporo Savuporo on Oct 06, 2008
    It just kills me when these cheerleaders act like an electric car is “pollution-free.” In reality it’s just moving the pollution somewhere else. Musk is also involved in the Solar City project. Martin Eberhard just recently wrote in his blog at http://teslafounders.com/ that his household is still a net generator of electricity even when he is charging his Roadster at home. Look, the point of battery electrics is that you get zero tailpaipe emissions, which means that there is at least an opportunity to go zero emissions in the whole well-to-wheels cycle. Meaning your energy production is decoupled from consumption, and you can optimize both separately. Full solar cycle is already doable, and judging by the amount of new thin-film solar cell manufacturers all aiming for a $1/watt prices, soon affordable as well.
  • ZCline ZCline on Oct 06, 2008

    So it doesn't have any plastic interior panels? Isn't plastic made from oil?

  • Savuporo Savuporo on Oct 06, 2008
    So it doesn’t have any plastic interior panels? What, like cheap GM or chinese cars nowadays ? I sure hope not.. Isn’t plastic made from oil? Not all of it, and quite a bit of it is recycled. Dude, you eating baked beans is not an emissions free concept either, any human activity basically isnt. This does not alter the basic idea that getting rid of tailpipe emissions or cars is a big step forward in improving your local air quality, and potentially will have a positive impact for our future on this planet as well.