Specializing in derails and train wrecks.
- Sep 19, 2018
- Columbus, OH
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In the US, 80% of the population live in urban areas, and 20% rural. So "in and around cities" covers most of us. In my case, I work from home these days, and am 20 miles from the center of Atlanta. Most of my driving is local, 8-12 miles round-trip for shopping and errands. A late model hybrid Chevy Volt, with the 53 mile battery range, would cover most of my driving, and the gas+ battery range of 420 miles is more than enough for long-distance drives.As long as electric cars only have a range of 300 miles ( measured under ideal laboratory circumstances) I don't see it happen on a large scale. Maybe for cars in and around cities, used only for commuting and shopping. But not for cars used for long distance tarveling.
Buying a medallion might not be a good plan if they start doing that. The city might start insisting such vehicles be used as normal cabs at the going rate.New York is 23rd on the list of best public transport systems in the world, and probably first in the US. I don't see it banning private cars outside of exceptional circumstances first, though, there's too many super-rich people... though come to think of it they'll probably just buy a Taxi medallion.
/me points at mars ....
My parents moved from Melbourne to Sydney when I was two and that's all I need to know about it.What, don't you like the other cities... like Melbourne?
The city will only do that after they come up with some other way for the super rich to register their private cars as commercial vehicles.Buying a medallion might not be a good plan if they start doing that. The city might start insisting such vehicles be used as normal cabs at the going rate.
Australia is actually more urban than the US. Almost 90% (86% CIA factbook, 89.5% World Bank).In the US, 80% of the population live in urban areas, and 20% rural.
You cannot compare German with French highways, because those are totally different beasts.Have you ever seen footage of the Black Saturdays during the vacation periods on the German and French highways? Completely over crowded roads, traffic jams up to 100 km. At the gas stations waiting times up to 10, 20 or even 30 minutes are quite normal. And then we are talking about a fill up time of maybe 5 minutes per car. I wonder how many supercharge stations would be needed to replace one gas station.
If you are 3km from home and travel 300m closer, you have 2.7km or 2700m to go.There is an easy way to calculate measurements and a stubborn one.
Even the Brits reformed their currency system back back then to a decimal standard. The thing is quite simple that the USA is a big country of the size of a small continent with one language, one country, where half of the people plus more will never leave their country once in a lifetime to visit a foreign country, and might it be just Mexico or Canada.It is hard to get rid of that what you have learned in school and have been using all your life.
I don't see the imperial countries switch to the world standard any time soon.
Point is, if the country would switch, you have to forget the inch, foot, yard, mile completely.I don' t really see why. Everyone in American schools has been taught the metric system since the fifties (more or less). Anyone who has worked on cars has had metric measurement tools since at least 1980. That takes care of small (less than 200 mm) measurements. A yard (three feet) is a little less than a meter. That takes care of room -sized measurement. For very rough purposes (as in translating road signs) you can figure about 0.6 km to the mile. There are 2.54 cm to the inch, as most people (surely, by now?) know, so (for instance) six inches is about 15 cm. From there it's pretty easy.
You're right about having to forget the old imperial units rather than doing conversion calculations, but that will come later, won't it? Surely other countries, even France in the Revolution, didn't suddenly wake up one day and know what 20 centimeters looked like.Point is, if the country would switch, you have to forget the inch, foot, yard, mile completely.
First measuring in those and than recalculate them in metrics is not useful. Just like the other way around.
Here in the Netherlands we had the guilder as money until the introduction of the euro.
Now almost 20 years later, there are still some people that recalculate the amound in euros back into guilders to decide if something is expensive or not.
Of course they find everything expensive because of inflation over the years.
The worst approach to turning metric is, of course, the way the UK did it. Half-arsed and incomplete, for example my local supermarket sells bottles of 1.13 litres of milk, which is of course 2 pints but it doesn't actually say anything about pints on the bottle. In the UK we kept some imperial, switched some to metric, kept both methods for some things and complain that it's all the EU's fault and we should never have switched to decimal money.You're right about having to forget the old imperial units rather than doing conversion calculations, but that will come later, won't it? Surely other countries, even France in the Revolution, didn't suddenly wake up one day and know what 20 centimeters looked like.