Sunday, January 13, 2008
AFS Trinity, remember that name if you want to buy a plug in Hybrid that will cost you only about eight or nine thousand more than what is presently available. Purported to get extraordinary mileage, notice I didn't say fuel mileage, it is, by my lights, no solution to our transportation/energy challenges since a large part of the "extraordinary mileage" comes as the result of plugging in. Why is that a problem you may well ask? Well, where does electricity come from, class? Please don't say hydro-electric. That's right, fossil fuels. Do you see the problem? Just because I, a virtuous driver of a new super hybrid am not visiting the pump as often as I once did, does not mean the pump, as it were, isn't being visited. What's more, the electricity that I'm tapping into from the grid doesn't come to me free, let alone cheap. As I don't wish to be a total wet blanket, (really I don't) I'll allow that while the AFS Trinity represents something of an improvement, a far better innovation would be a car that could recharge from a source that is truly inexhaustible, like the sun.