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Offline RubyRed

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« on: 18/08/2008 03:50:17 »
Could anyone suggest some good websites/ books  that would have good information and pictures on how electric cars work, their limitations etc. ?

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« Reply #1 on: 20/08/2008 16:58:03 »
Most websites gloss over the snags (which are many), particulary the overall costs which  may be up to 3 times petrol vehicles.   

Basically there is a battery pack (biggest snag is the very poor energy to weight ratio - and they are expensive) and electric motors which some control electronics in between.      
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« Reply #2 on: 21/08/2008 15:24:43 »
Only systems with regenerative braking are worth considering - but that makes them even more costly. Problem is that they tend to be overpriced (idealist / enthusiast's market) and cost more to produce than they might because there are no economies of scale as with IC engines.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 24/08/2008 22:51:11 »
Do you listen to such as Tom Hanks (in Who Killed the Electric Car) or  automotive and electrical engineers??

It killed itself really due to all the snags.
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« Reply #4 on: 25/08/2008 23:38:55 »
It does have successful applications. Most pints of milk, delivered to homes in the UK are delivered on electric vehicles; very quiet for the early deliveries. Massive banks of accumulators take all day to charge and the milk floats stagger back to the depot, more or less exhausted at the end of the delivery round.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/09/2008 16:21:07 »
Regarding cost, weight of battery etc., does this all mean we have to put up the old I.C. (low efficiency, fuel burning) engine, closely related to something invented in the 17th century to pump out mines, into the forseeable future? This is a science forum after all. Refer to Lightening Car Company, Tesla cars, PML Flightlink. Electric motor technology is well advanced, battery technology is getting there. All the exciting developments in cars are being done by the electronics and chemical industries. 
 

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« Reply #6 on: 01/09/2008 20:33:53 »
 ( Regarding cost, weight of battery etc., does this all mean we have to put up the old I.C. (low efficiency, fuel burning) engine, closely related to something invented in the 17th century to pump out mines, into the forseeable future? )

Yes.   
 

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