An Automotive Message From Neil Young


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How To Save A Major
Automobile Company

Auto manufacturers taking advantage of a government bailout must only sell
clean and green vehicles that do not contribute to global warming.

By Neil Young


Find a new ownership group. The culture must change. It is
time to turn the page. In the high technology sector there are several
candidates for ownership of a major car and truck manufacturer. We need forward
looking people who are not restricted by the existing culture in Detroit. We need
visionary people now with business sense to create automobiles that do not
contribute to global warming.

It is time to change and our problems can facilitate our solutions. We can no
longer afford to continue down Detroit’s
old road. The people have spoken. They do not want gas guzzlers (although they
still like big cars and trucks). It is possible to build large long-range
vehicles that are very efficient. People WILL buy those vehicles because they
represent REAL change and a solution that we can live with.

The government must take advantage of the powerful position that exists today.
The Big 3 are looking for a bailout. They should only get it if they agree to
stop building autos that contribute to global warming now. The stress on the
auto manufacturers today is gigantic. In order to keep people working in their
jobs and keep factories open, this plan is suggested:

The big three must reduce models to basics. a truck, an SUV, a large family
sedan, an economy sedan, and a sports car. Use existing tooling.

Keep building these models to keep the workforce employed but build them
WITHOUT engines and transmissions. These new vehicles, called Transition
Rollers, are ready for a re-power. NO NEW TOOLING is required at this stage.
The adapters are part of the kits described next.

At the same time as the new Transition Rollers are being built, keeping the
work force working, utilize existing technology now, create re-power kits to
retrofit the Transition Rollers to SCEVs (self charging electric vehicles) for
long range capability up to and over 100mpg. If you don’t think this technology
is realistic or available, check out the Progressive Insurance Automotive X
prize. Alternatively, check out or other examples.

A bailed out Auto manufacturer must open or re-purpose one or more factories
and dedicate them to do the re-power/retrofit assembly. These factories would
focus on re-powering the Transition Rollers into SCEVs but could also retrofit
and re-power many existing vehicles to SCEVs. These existing vehicles are
currently sitting unsold at dealerships across America.

Auto manufacturers taking advantage of a government bailout must only sell
clean and green vehicles that do not contribute to global warming. No more
internal combustion engines that run exclusively on fossil fuels can be sold

No Big Three excuses like “new tooling takes time”. New tooling is not a
requirement for SCEV transition rollers.

Build only new vehicles that attain the goal of reversing global warming and
enhancing National Security.

Government legislation going with the bailout should include tax breaks for
purchasers of these cars with the new green SCEV technology. The legislation
accompanying the bailout of major auto manufacturers must include directives to
build only vehicles that attain the goal of reversing global warming while
enhancing National security, and provide the financial assistance to make
manufacturing these cars affordable in the short term while the industry

Eventually the SCEV technology could be built into every new car and truck as
it is being assembled and the stop gap plan described above would have
completed its job of keeping America
building and working through this turbulent time.  

Detroit has had a long time to adapt to the new
world and now the failure of Detroit’s
actions is costing us all. We pay the bailout. Let’s make a good deal for the
future of America
and the Planet. Companies like UQM (Colorado)
and others build great electric motors right here in the USA. Use these
domestic electric motors. Put these people to work now. This plan reverses the
flow from negative to positive because people need and will buy clean and green
cars to be part of World Change. Unique wheel covers will identify these cars
on the road so that others can see the great example a new car owner is making.
People want America
to win!

This plan addresses the issue of Global warming from our automobiles while
enhancing our National Security and keeping Detroit working.



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