For the life of me I did not know why A 123 had an increase in its stock price over the past two or three days. The news came out today that the US Army came to its rescue. Of course after the Department of Energy wasted over $100 million on this Betamax junk, the Army needs to lend a helping hand. The Army is testing a prototype more fuel efficient hybrid fighting vehicle that includes A 123 lithium ion batteries. Yeah the army wants to be fuel efficient. Did the army not read the news that an A 123 battery caused a massive explosion in a specially built lab of General Motors that injured a technician and blew out an 8 inch thick special purpose steel door in the lab? Structural damage was also caused to the lab. But the Army can safely deploy a fighting vehicle in a war zone with the same lithium batteries on the premise that we should be green when fighting the enemy.
How dumb can military intelligence be! The enemy in a combat situation will be able to make our military vehicles explode more viciously if they simply aim at the battery pack. If the US Army wants to save fuel why not avoid unnecessary wars and simply use the vehicles during parades on the Fourth of July or Memorial Day? Better still as we all like soldiers marching in perfect step why even have vehicles driving in the parade? I have a suggestion for the Pentagon. Why not equip electric bicycles with A 123 batteries and instead of soldiers being in an infantry division they could be the new first electric cavalry division and win the West in skirmishes where the enemy only uses bows and arrows to wage war. Imagine a scene in the sequel to Blazing Saddles where the arrow fired by Chief Electron Volt scores a direct hit to the battery pack under the saddle of the cavalry officer named Major Mega What. The army has the perfect solution for the deployment of the new lithium ion powered hybrid fighting vehicle. Of course the GIs who will be assigned to use the fuel efficient fighting vehicle will wear bright green camouflage and the vehicles will only be deployed to protect a plantation of cane sugar that is the source of the ethanol fuel for the engine in the vehicle. The army will claim carbon neutrality while fighting a war. How can something be neutral and yet fight wars?