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From General to Government Motors: can GM return to its former glory? : Comments

By William Holstein, published 6/7/2009

Rebuilding confidence: can GM become competitive, sheltered by the US government?

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Mmmm, any thoughts on peak oil and what GM should be doing to prepare for that? I'm all for:
"New Urbanism:

"Village Towns"


...and any other town plan that is "More European than European" in that it relies mostly on trams, trains, and walking & cycling. Different places can be retrofitted in different ways.

However, society needs "some" cars in the form of emergency services, trades, delivery vehicles, etc.

So once we've started to retrofit suburbia into a more sustainable energy efficient CITY plan, then we might look out for such things as electric cars. And the best plan I've seen for that involves standardized battery formats that allow robotic battery swap stations.


If GM really wants to reinvent itself, and help America get off the oil, they are going to have to think outside all of the solutions being in the car, and start realising that customers don't want to buy the battery... they just want transport! The company should own the battery, and it should be a part of a battery swap system integrated with Better Place or GM will be left behind.

Imagine the geopolitics if America became free of its oil addiction?
Posted by Eclipse Now, Monday, 6 July 2009 6:35:14 PM
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