Originally Posted by tbakowsky
I wish you good luck, but I feel this car has come along 20 years to late. Your best to scrap the v16 and figure out away to go either hydrogen or electric. You will have a very hard time finding investors to invest in a technology that is rapidly on the way out.
I appreciate your feedback but I am still bullish on the internatal combustion engine. I do believe we need to run it on a new fuel which is why we are building our V16 to use natural gas which is 1/3rd cleaner than gasoline and we are the "Saudi Arabia" of natural gas. We could be energy independent if we changed our vehicles to NG. The first rechargeable battery electric vehicle was invested in 1859 and in 1900 there were more electric cars on the road than gasoline but they faded away. It was the thing to think about in the '60s but didn't go anywhere. The '90s saw the GM push and then the hybrids in the 2000s. It will stick around longer this time because of Musk's advances but I still don't believe it will replace the ICE. Batteries are dirty to create, have a finite lifespan and depending on where you live in the US they can be just as dirty to drive due to the way electricity is created. A year ago a Bloomberg article came out saying the Chinese government has reversed its previous push towards electric cars. They had been pushing for people to buy them over Gas online but they found that since they are a coal power plant electric grid country the electric cars were actually causing more pollution than gasoline.
ICEs can be rebuilt many times and could potentially be on the road for hundreds of years. I know a bunch of small block Chevys will be on the road in another hundred years if they aren't banned. Battery powered cars can't. They can't be rebuilt and probably won't be able to be recycled. There is one place I found in like Sweden that recycles the batteries and Tesla is saying they are going to have a recycle program but there are items in the battery that the EPA seams hazardous so they will not be 100% recycled and the rest will be landfill. Not the case for ICEs. If you think of all the wrecked junk cars you see in people's yards now just imagine 20 years from now when all those cars have a 1200lbs battery in them that even the EPA says is hazardous.