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Electric cars have come on in the last hundred years...

 

Then and now: 100 miles

 

If today's supporters of EV's would dig into the specifications and the sales brochures of early 20th century electric "horseless carriages", their enthusiasm would quickly disappear. Fast-charged batteries (to 80% capacity in 10 minutes), automated battery swapping stations, public charging poles, load balancing, the entire business plan of Better Place, in-wheel motors, regenerative braking: it was all there in the late 1800s or the early 1900s. It did not help. Most surprisingly, however, is the seemingly non-existent progress of battery technology.

 

http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/05/the...same-range.html

 

Simple really. If you wish to travel at high speed in a vehicle weighing a ton, you will need a lot of energy.

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Simple really. If you wish to travel at high speed in a vehicle weighing a ton, you will need a lot of energy.

Pretty amazing really. Given that cars have made no progress, why not also re-introduce the currency standards from 100 years ago? :)

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Li ion, Lipo and fuel cell are a big advancement in battery technology.

Whats going to be interesting to watch is these batteries have a life of about 3 or so years, and cost 25% the value of the car.

Not sure how many are going to be willing to take that hit

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I think when the oil crisis hits (now with the Gulf oil leak, it can't be long anymore since they put extra tax on it and won't let people explore anymore), there will be a lot of walking and cycling.

 

I live in walking distance to my office now. I quite enjoy walking there, and it seems to be good for my health too. Although, today, I got very, very wet & it was cold too!

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It is very good, but the end is still to say what. Health is very important, and we can have healthy, can work well. But not everyone is a healthy body. Most people still sub-health state. We cannot work with our work, no good body became problem.

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Li ion, Lipo and fuel cell are a big advancement in battery technology.

Whats going to be interesting to watch is these batteries have a life of about 3 or so years, and cost 25% the value of the car.

Not sure how many are going to be willing to take that hit

Like I said:

http://www.glassguide.co.uk/News/GlassGuideNews/?NEWS=901

at which point the car will have a trade value little more than 10 per cent of the list price.
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Trial of new wireless battery charging method is given the go-ahead. I think I posted somewhere on this forum a year or two ago my thoughts that we may see this in the future.

 

http://www.newenergyworldnetwork.com/renew...le-charger.html

 

Another thread re:electric cars here. Perhaps the two threads can be merged.

 

 

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