suv. Saturday , September 23rd , 2017 - 08:08:04 AM
This is a sign that times might change. I don't believe the claim about the price, as mass production should actually lower it. I don't think buyers will pay $3000 - $4000 more for a truck with the system installed. With larger production numbers prices typically go down. Dutchman probably wouldn't want that, but if they can make a profit with the current prices, they will make a killing when Ford and others put their efficiency models into the production ramp up, even if the individual system price goes down by 50%, which it probably has to if the numbers of sales are to be increased significantly. We still have a credit and financial crisis, not just an environmental crises. So here is what the news from Dutchman said:
Roof pillars appear strong to the average consumer, but most of them consist of just sheet metal that is hollow on the inside at the cross sections. When an accident occurs involving roof structures with a filled inner space, the outcome has been shown to be safer due to a lesser amount of roof crush. Pillars filled with high-density foam can reduce the severity of a roof crush significantly, saving lives and reducing serious injuries.
Safe roof structure designs have been documented from as early as the 1930s. Vehicles with the safety features mentioned above would reduce the number of roof crush accidents. Despite the availability of safer designs and structures, manufacturers claim it is the force of the impact that leads to injuries and death, notwithstanding the fact that the relationship between rollover crashes and injuries from roof crush was observed and noted as early as 1932.
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