The Los Angeles Times (1/13, Bensinger) reported that "amid all the chatter" at the auto show in Detroit, "an essential business question is emerging," and "many industry experts say it could utterly change the complexion of the auto business: Who makes the battery?" Larry Burns, the "head of research and development and strategic planning at GM," said "that because the battery is the most expensive and high-tech component in an electric car, the companies that make batteries well...could emerge as the most powerful players in the industry." Burns compared the future auto industry to "the computer business, which was once led by hardware makers but now is dominated by software and services." David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, agreed, speculating that "batteries will become so crucial that assuring they are produced in the U.S. will become a matter of national security."
Direct Fuel Injection Engines Challenge Hybrids At Detroit Auto Show.The Wall Street Journal (1/14, B1, Dolan) reports on the front-page of its Marketplace section, "Hybrids and electric cars are generating the buzz this week at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. But thanks to new technology, the century-old internal-combustion engine appears poised to make a significant leap in fuel efficiency." While car makers are "showcasing gas-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids and concept cars powered by fuel-cell batteries, they also are rolling out vehicles with advanced gasoline engines that rely on a technology known as direct fuel injection." Analysts say sales of vehicles with direct fuel engines "will far exceed those of hybrids and electrics for years to come." The Journal adds, "All auto makers are under pressure to boost fuel economy to meet stricter governmental standards. But consumers are fickle when it comes to buying superefficient vehicles."
Tesla To Supply Batteries For Daimler's Electric Smart Car. The Wall Street Journal (1/14, Linebaugh) reports, "Tesla Motors Inc. said it will supply batteries and chargers to Daimler AG for its new electric Smart car, which is slated to come out in the second half of 2010, as the race to get electric vehicles into the market heats up." According to Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, the company "will supply battery packs for 1,000 vehicles and that could grow to 'tens of thousands.'" The Journal said, "Smart will launch a limited release in select markets in the second half of 2010 and regular production in 2012. Musk aims to develop similar partnerships with other automakers." Notably, "Tesla also will begin selling its high-end Roadster sport car in June and is in the process of ramping up production from 15 vehicles a week to 30." The Los Angeles Times(1/14, Bensinger) and the AP (1/14, Thomas) also cover the story.
Champions aren't made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. -Muhammad Ali I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it. - Terry Pratchett Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. - Bertrand Russell What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. Sometimes what's right isn't as important as what's profitable. - Trey Parker and Matt Stone There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. - Oscar Wilde Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?"/ Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." - Charles M. Schulz There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The significance of man is that he is insignificant and is aware of it. - Carl Becker A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain "If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone." So said Benjamin Franklin more than 200 years ago. How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win. - Robert Heinlein Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. - Thomas Mann No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. - Elbert Hubbard There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it. - Mary Wilson Little Books to the ceiling,/ Books to the sky,/ My pile of books is a mile high./ How I love them! How I need them!/ I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. - Arnold Lobel Leif Ostling said in a statement that his comments about Germany had been "interpreted in a way that was not intended." If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. - Sir Francis Bacon "It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." - Tom Stoppard Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody. - Franklin P. Adams Invention is the mother of necessity. - Thorstein Veblen Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. - Philip K. Dick
Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten Daß ich so traurig bin; Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten, Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt, Und ruhig fließt der Rhein; Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt Im Abendsonnenschein.
Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet Dort oben wunderbar, Ihr goldenes Geschmeide blitzet, Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar.
Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme Und singt ein Lied dabey; Das hat eine wundersame, Gewaltige Melodei.
Den Schiffer, im kleinen Schiffe, Ergreift es mit wildem Weh; Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe, Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh´.
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn; Und das hat mit ihrem Singen Die Lore-Ley getan.