Originally Posted by smasheromalley
If by "subsidized" you mean the cost of developing a brand new vehicle, then I guess so... But Im not sure thats the right use of the word. If they would have put the car into production, then the costs would have blah blah blah... you know where Im going with this. As for liability, theres still more energy potential in a tank of gasoline...
By "government forcing innovation" I mean the gov will force car makers to come up with new or more effecient products/designs (invent/innovate), because they would only do it on their own when it is too late.
As for demand drive innovation, at least with US car makers there is often a hyoooge lag time. All you need to do is look at the sales of asian compact sedans and subcompacts over the past couple years. Hell the best selling car is again the camry(?)-fuel effecient/good value/compact. Truth is domestic car makers are only interested in profit per vehicle anymore, and they will die that way.
By subsidized, he meas the EV1 cost $xx,xxx more to build, than it was sold for. It was a small scale experiment, not designed to make money, so they take the hit. Even in mass production, the costs don't work out.
The camry is not a compact car, sorry, try again.
Vehicle to vehicle, there is no significant difference between Asian, European, and American vehicle MPGs.
What is in everyones heads are things like old Civics, which were designed for the japanese market and sold here. If we actually sold JDM or EDM vehciles here, yes, they get better MPG, because they are small and low power.
Japanese manufacturers now design their cars for the US market which wants bigger and more power. The US Accord is not sold in Japan, the japanese version is smaller with smaller engines.