• JoeyM Posted: 8/15/2009 7:38am PDT

    Not a huge fan of Jessie James, but I'm even
    less of a fan of snarky comments made by people
    who don't research their posts/articles. The
    tesla IS based on a lotus, and does SOME things
    less well than the car it is based on. More
    importantly, the method of hydrogen generation
    that Jessie refers to may NOT be as far fetched
    as you think.
    The tesla roadster is a wonderful
    achievement. It is a real zero-emmissions
    sports. It's based on the Lotus Elise, and
    it is able to out accelerate the lotus. Of
    course, the tesla roadster is longer and a
    half ton heavier, and thus doesn't corner
    as well. It's also around three times the
    cost of the lotus.
    Most Americans who purchase a lotus do so
    because they want a car that corners and
    handles well. If they are in the market for
    a lotus,they probably won't pay three times
    the cost for a lotus-based car that is heavier,
    has a smaller range, and doesn't handle as well.
    Perhaps that's what Jessie James was refering to.
    John Woodall, a professor at Purdue University,
    has been working on an aluminum-gallium catalyst
    that breaks water into hydrogen and oxygen without
    needing electrolysis to function. You just pour
    water onto it, and hydrogen bubbles off. (Of course,
    there's no free lunch....the aluminum oxide has to
    be reclaimed afterwards, and that will require electricity.)

  • Michael Posted: 8/12/2009 11:52am PDT

    Being a fan of Jesse James, I too was very disappointed. Especially bashing Tesla. The Roadster has single-handedly changed the automotive landscape with its brute performance and incomparable efficiency, which has forced the major manufacturers to convert to Lithium/electric power for future models. His street sense may be second-to-none, but his sense of reality is severely compromised. Makes me wonder who paid him to say it, because he definitely has jumped the shark lately...especially after marrying Sandra. The sad result is the millions of minions who follow him, who have the same lack of knowledge of EV, will automatically agree, and dismiss Electric altogether. Has someone told him it takes electricity to make a hydrogen car work?!?! Anyone?!?!