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  • Father of EV1 Says Electric Car Breakthrough Is Close

    This is an interesting article.

    What's really telling is the product is being invested in by, and manufactured by China.

     

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/04/17/father-of-ev1-says-electric-car-breakthrough-is-close/?partner=yahootix


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    The real breahthrough will occur when manufacturers agree to some mode of interchangeable battery. Because at that moment, you will no longer be locked in to outmoded technology; the moment a superior battery hits the market, you'll get it installed. AND you'll pull up to a charging station and, instead of twiddling your thumbs for hours, they will just take out your battery and insert a fully charged one in two minutes. When that happens, the issues about range vanish... and the electric car becomes a viable transportation system.

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    • thankyou
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      coyote-1 wrote:

      The real breahthrough will occur when manufacturers agree to some mode of interchangeable battery. Because at that moment, you will no longer be locked in to outmoded technology; the moment a superior battery hits the market, you'll get it installed. AND you'll pull up to a charging station and, instead of twiddling your thumbs for hours, they will just take out your battery and insert a fully charged one in two minutes. When that happens, the issues about range vanish... and the electric car becomes a viable transportation system.


      What I'd like to see is modular power supplies along with interchangeable batteries.  Think about it - when you change out an engine, there are a multitude of systems that must be disconnected.  If you were able to slide out the hybrid power supply, you could power up a whole construction site, or campsite.  It would be less labor intensive if you could just reverse the charging port to be an outlet that could power your fridge and freezer in an outage.  Of course, this guy's talking full on electric cars.  Still, one could be used as emergency power thru and inverter.


    • The Badger
      The Badger commented
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      coyote-1 wrote:

      The real breahthrough will occur when manufacturers agree to some mode of interchangeable battery. Because at that moment, you will no longer be locked in to outmoded technology; the moment a superior battery hits the market, you'll get it installed. AND you'll pull up to a charging station and, instead of twiddling your thumbs for hours, they will just take out your battery and insert a fully charged one in two minutes. When that happens, the issues about range vanish... and the electric car becomes a viable transportation system.


      Battery power storage and recharging time are the one thing that has held electric powered cars back. The day someone comes up with a battery that will hold 300 miles or more of energy and can be recharged in five mintues or less, battery-electric vehicles will be the way to go. 

      Interchangable battery packs might be one temporary solution to that: When your car is running low on electricity, you go into a battery station, where the attendant opens a panel, pulls on a couple of quick-disconnect terminals and removes the battery pack. Then he slides a freshly charged one in to replace it, the way people do with propane tanks on gas grills. I admit that it's not a perfect solution, but it's an idea.


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    Battery technology?

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22191650

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    • normh
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      FreestyleIntruder wrote:

      Battery technology?

       

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22191650


      Did you notice that they are a combination of Lithium and Nickel Metal Hydride batteries.  There is a memory issue in addition to lifespan and explosiveness.  Research dollars are being spent on porus Lithium batteries that have a greater energy yield.  We are a long ways away from a battery that is suitable for long distance automobile travel and also have nothing on the horizon that would be suitable for semi's.


  • #4
    These motors were the "secret ingredient" of a flying car a couple of decades ago. They're cool but they need a power source that holds energy as compact and light as opetrolium based fuels.

    And the motors would probably still need to be inboard. Imagine hitting a pothole with a powerful electric motor at the sprung end of your axle...
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      It's also why, if you use gasoline to start a fire, you want to THROW the match on it as soon as you can or you'll hear a FOOMP and find yourself at the base of a mini mushroom cloud.
      "If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it." -- Abraham Lincoln

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      • coyote-1
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        RobRoy wrote:
        It's also why, if you use gasoline to start a fire, you want to THROW the match on it as soon as you can or you'll hear a FOOMP and find yourself at the base of a mini mushroom cloud.

        You really ought find a better way to light your grill. Try this:

         

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    • #6

      Funny with all the funds available by the big 3 in Detroit, they couldn't figure this out

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      • coyote-1
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        Stonedtone wrote:

        Funny with all the funds available by the big 3 in Detroit, they couldn't figure this out


        Trust me, this was figured out years ago.

        But they are not playing to the future, they are playing to the buying market today. That's why, even with fleet mileage goals laid out, they continue to hawk massive gas guzzling SUVs.



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