Biodiesel Car Captures Highest Ratings In Six Performance Categories At The 2003 Michelin Challenge Bibendum
- On Wed, 1 Oct 2003 04:11:43 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:
>http://www.manufacturing.net/dn/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=NR20030929290.2_ddc100492f7bade9&industry=Automotive+and+Trucks+and+Off%2DHighway&industryid=2019Immediately I'm confused because I saw this release yesterday:
>There were a total of twenty-six of the most advanced
>production vehicles in the World entered in the event;
>hybrid, fuel cell, natural gas, and biofuel vehicles.
>Entries include: Seven by Honda (NYSE:HMC), six by
>Toyota (NYSE:TM), three by Nissan (Nasdaq SC: NSANY),
>two by Volvo (Nasdaq NM: VOLVY), three by
>DaimlerChrysler (NYSE:DCX), one by Ford (NYSE:F), one
>by Mercedes-Benz, and two Volkswagen diesel cars by
I get the sense that this event is a bit of a zoo, with a lot of
different categories and tests, so maybe the biodiesel folks were
omitting mention of the EV in the event for some reason related to
From the bottom of the ACpropulsion release, it seems clear that parts
of the testing were not up to the best standards. Not making an issue
of "blame" so much as rounding out the picture. I mean if you have a
car that will do 0-60 in 3.6 seconds (or whatever), and you measure it
at 9 seconds, because you insist on the accuracy of your fancy GPS
measuring system,then your testing procedures need some improvement,
to say the least.
>I was glad to learn of the biofuel company and will follow it. I come
>In light of these kind of presentations by the
>speakers it is not surprising that the American
>Biofuels race team felt deprived of their victory when
>there was no mention of their achievements in the
>production class category while all of the awards were
>presented only to the major automobile companies
>competing in this category in the event.
away from this press release generally enlightened, but confused as to
the setup of the Bibendum, in the sense that the one car I was
following (the tzero) wasn't mentioned in this release regarding the
American biofuels car.... perhaps an indication of some complexity of
what classes meant what.
>Furthermore, a two-page press release by the Michelin[no kidding?]
>Challenge Bibendum dated September 25th neither
>mentioned the American Biofuels top awards or even the
>word biofuels. On Friday, September 26, 2003 the Los
>Angeles Times printed an article covering the Bibendum
>Challenge, which stated that eighteen Gold Awards were
>given to all of the major automobile manufacturers,
>without mentioning American Biofuels' production class
>Gold Awards. This was Michelin's chance to draw
>attention to the many benefits of diesel engines and
>biodiesel fuel proved by their own Bibendum event.
>It is also noteworthy that the second American
>Biofuels entry, a Volkswagen TDI Golf vehicle running
>on 20% biodiesel blend (B-20) also received two ``A'
>ratings and three ``B' ratings.
>At the Bibendum event many of the European
>participants stated that they believed that the United
>States was not committed to reducing CO2 emissions
>while the European Union has already committed toThis press release's discussion of the shutout of reasonable levels of
>substantial CO2 reductions.
discussion of the advantages of certain biofuel technologies is nearly
verbatim a description of the difficulties faced by discussers of EVs
and Grid-Chargeable hybrids. So, we come back in part to the idea
that we are more or less "on the same team" here, and so we can see
that we face similar media-coverage and industry-opposition
challenges. And yes, Michelin should move to correct this sort of
shoddy slight of an excellent participant, if the matter has been