Monday, January 14, 2013

Death Star Would Create More Jobs Per Dollar Spent Than NISSAN Leaf. NISSAN Is NOT as Rosy as the Tennessean Makes it Sound.... The Leaf is the Auto Industries DEATH STAR

"..As for the Leaf, he remains bullish. “Zero emissions are here to stay,” he said. “I fundamentally believe it is the technology of the future.” That, and driverless cars..."  Carlos Ghosn   Forbes Article

Unlike the NISSAN Leaf the Death Star is NOT built with OUTDATED Technology.

The Death Star petition, posted in the November, was signed by 34,435 people and the White House has pledged to respond to any petitions that garner 25,000 signatures in 30 days.

Not the least of the hurdles for a real-life Death Star is the space construction costs, which Shawcross said has been estimated at $850 quadrillion (that's $850,000,000,000,000,000). The White House is trying to reduce the deficit, not expand it, he wrote.

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No 'Death Star' for US, White House says

Fox News-13 hours ago
The planet-killing Death Star may have been the ultimate weapon for the Empire in the "Star Wars" films, but it has no place in the United States ...

But while his enthusiasm for developing new automotive technology is undisputed, the results are another story. The main topic of today’s news conference was Nissan’s announcement that  it was cutting the price of the 2013 all-electric Nissan Leaf by more than $6,000, or 18% from its predecessor model. The car, championed by Ghosn, has struggled to find a market for a host of reasons, all well known. Not enough charging stations (when will the government build them?) reliability (that will improve as the technology matures, right?) and price (don’t worry, it drops to $19,000 or so when you factor in all the juicy state and federal incentives) were all roadblocks to Leaf sales that precipitated the repricing and redesign.
But the most worrysome part of Leaf’s business plan, at least in my mind, can’t be fixed by engineers or marketers. The problem remains its deep reliance on government subsidies and infrastructure investment in an age where austerity, not moonshots, are in vogue.
The Leaf has already proved a pricey distraction for a company that saw its 2012 market share dip to 7.9% in the US from 8.2% the year before, all while promoting a goal of 10% market share by 2016. Overall, the company is targeting 8% operating profits on 8% of the world market. Currently it is at 6% and 6%, leaving a long way to go. A reviving US market and new low-cost offerings in India, Russia and Indonesia under the Datsun nameplate will help reach that goal, he said, as will a weakening yen, which should help exports.
Still, “I don’t consider 2012 a great year for Nissan,” he said. But he won’t measure the business based on one off year. “I’d worry if it was two years in a row.”

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