Posted by: David Kiley on January 9, 2008
Chrysler Eco-Voyager concept car to be shown next week at the North American International Auto Show is an electric car with a range of 300 miles. It emits only water vapor out the tailpipe. Chrysler chief designer Trevor Creed recently compared the feeling of the vehicle to a “private jet.” Hmmm. Is that really apt for an eco car.
At Ford, North American design chief Peter Horbury referred to a Lincoln crossover SUV concept as providing the feeling of a Lear Jet. This car, expected to carry the same Eco-boost engine technology as the Lincoln MKS,will be positioned as an eco-friendly car that gets susperior gas mileage to competitors in the segment.
Flying in private jets has become the “Swift-boat” attack leveled by right-wingers against politicians like Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards who talk about the need for energy saving and carbon reducing policies. The attack, by lunatics like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, goes like this: if you are going to lecture people about energy conservation, don’t fly a private jet to get to the speech. Never mind the message. Attack the messenger any way you can if they are in the other party.