$5,000 Chinese Electric Car Is 100% Power Grid Independent

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While I admit that this Zhejiang 001's mini car looks rather wacky and utilitarian thanks to its solar top, I wouldn't mind looking like a dork if that can save me gas or electric power—if I had to have a car, that is. This one can charge using the sun electricity in 30 hours, giving it a 93-mile range. According to the engineer, it can only transform 14 to 17 percent of the sun light, which is the usual. But in the middle of a recession, for $5,560 and no gas or electricity expenses, we can live with "usual" and "fugly" just fine. [Gasgoo via OhGizmo]

DISCUSSION

oh, sounds like an awesome idea, I just can't see it because of the huge WHY THE FUCK DON'T WE HAVE THIS ALREADY IN THE GODDAMNED USA sign that keeps popping into my head every time I try to look at this.

I'm sure, when asked about it, the corporate MFers at GM and ford would stutter nervously and wring their sweaty, porcine little paws and spout about "manufacturing costs" and "environmental regulations". Excuse the expression, but USA automakers, this is the future- If you do not like it, eat a gun.

And yes, I'm bitter. I think I have a right to be.