Tesla Motors Pays Fine For Lacking Emissions Certificate Of Conformity... Even Though It Lacks Emissions

from the funny-how-that-works dept

A few of you sent over this bizarre story of how famed electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors apparently need to pay a $275,000 fine for lacking a "Certificate of Conformity" from the EPA, needed to comply with the Clean air Act. As is noted in the article, it doesn't seem like Tesla should have to get such documentation in the first place, seeing as it doesn't even have a tailpipe, but such is the nature of regulations being a bit behind the technology times.
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    RaEV, 3 Oct 2010 @ 10:08pm


    Lead Acid Batteries discharging and recharging release hydrogen and maybe a a drop or two of acidic material if they boil or over heat. Sulferic Acid is generaly harmless as it is water soluble. Hydrogen combines with oxygen to make water. What's the big deal about that? Water's good. It does sometimes combine to form ozone, but it does that anyway. It's not like a CFC. The Hydrogen can later be contained (even tho harmless) and stored in a fuel cell and burned later, to make more water. Tesla's automobiles are different. They operate using Lithium Ion batteries (laptop's, cellphones) which are latley VERY reliable. They DO contain Lead and Sulfuric Acid (and who want's NiCd's in a motor vehicle because the usually die without much warning and are pretty un-reliable) And they are sealed and I don't think they release any vapors... IDK. Most electric cars use a feature called something like Brake-power-regeneration. If you have the cruse controll on going down a hill the car turns the E-motor into a generator which slows the car or maintains downhill speed. The E-motors are very well controlled and are done so by a controller board that regulates power output in pulses and freq's that maintain armature and field life as well as battery life.
    As far as electric cars go, dollar for dollar, they beat gas, as long as you have a quick charging station like Rayovac's AA batteries used to have where they charge in an hour. The EV1 got something like 300+ MpCharge... I'd put an outlet in my Driveway for that with a Credit Card slot on it too. Plus the fact that they CUT CARBON emmisions and require about a 10th of the maintenance that a Gas powered car needs. That is a fact. When's the last time you saw a dry run 11" 42v DC motor ever leak oil all over the ground. Plus there's no need for a conventional transmission, so no more ATF you can use Vegtable Oil in a standard trans.
    All in all, I don't think they should have to pay it. And I think OUR country is trying to kill itself with all this crap about =Forign Imported cars can be COMPLETLY exempt... What?!? Why the hell do we have to pay??= Our government is getting more idiotic everyday, and I'm not helping things with my inability to spell, sorry about the rant,

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