I’d like to thank those of you that donated to the Send Swade to Sweden fund after the initial posting last night. I’ve received a little over A$500 in contributions towards the cost of my airfare since that post was put on the site last night.
The airfare will be around A$2,000 (+/- 10% depending on the airline) and with the contributions made so far I should be able to clear enough room on my Mastercard to book a ticket early next week.
As the post with the donations button will slowly slide down the front page, I’ve created a big link button in the left sidebar (look for the Swedish flag!). Any further contributions will, of course, be welcome and will be used to help pay that airfare off my Mastercard.
Thanks again. In the words of George Costanza “I’m speechless. I am without speech”
There’s been some recent press in Sweden saying that hybrid drivetrains will be making their way into Saab products in the next 4 to 5 years.
Which makes this post at Autoblog Green all the more interesting. Members of the automotive media were invited to GM’s battery labs in Michigan to have a look at what the future will require in terms of battery production and technology. ABG give a pretty good review of the technical requirements in layman’s terms.
What’s interesting is the question of whether or not, given all the complex problems faced, GM can actually produce the technology it needs for a car like the Volt to become a reality in the timeframe they’ve quoted. Bob Lutz has said that they’re aiming for a real-life (albeit watered down) Volt release in 2010.
Sam Abuelsamid from Autoblog Green thinks they can do it. The somewhat more experienced (but more jaded?) Jerry Flint says no.
Some of you may have seen in comments that Aaron Gold, the motoring journo who got side-swiped while testing a 9-3 SportCombi recently, dropped in and left a note.
The good news, of course, was that niether he or his wife were injured in the accident. The additional good news is that he put enough miles on the car prior to the bingle to be able to write a complete test.
You’ll have to forgive my total ignorance on how Ireland runs on a day-to-day basis, but I’m assuming from this article in the Belfast Telegraph that Northern Ireland adhere to British regulations when it comes to vehicle taxes etc.
I don’t know how much time the people from the Republic of Ireland and those from Northern Ireland spend in each other’s back yards. But if the Northerners head south and see a lot of Hirsched BioPower 9-3s and 9-5s touring around and feel a pang of jealousy then they just need to blame those British based vehicle taxes.
It’s my understanding that in the Republic, the government treats the BioPower as a ‘green’ vehicle and as such it receives generous tax concessions, most notably a hefty discount on the purchase price. Not so in Britain, where Saab GB are still lobbying for the BioPower to at least get concessional status for the London congestion charge.
The article linked above takes a look at BioPower and its benefits and drawbacks, the main one being a lack of government support in Britain. Worthwhile reading if you live in the neighborhood.
And please feel free to correct my inevitable mistakes in the writing above.