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Nicholi Tesla made it work a long time ago. read up on tesla, you'll see
Water powered locomotives were used on the London underground in the nineteeth century, they built up a good head of super heated water and racked out the fire.
Quote from: LmarcusH on 25/03/2011 07:59:45Nicholi Tesla made it work a long time ago. read up on tesla, you'll seeWhat when we build a time machine?BTW, what was he supposed to have done exactly (regarding electric cars)?
Geezer - I dunno if this has cropped up in the thread before (and 11 pages I am not gonna check) and I apologize if it has - but the Tesla is now also a make of electric sports car (currently based on Lotus body). Is it possible he was talking about a conversion job? Top Gear reviewed the Tesla and were favourable impressed with speed and handling - but the recharge time and reliability were dreadful.http://www.teslamotors.com/And with the reliability and short life demonstrated I definitely would not be using a Tesla to drive to a remote ski-lodge as the opening page of the website shows.
Another thing that might hold back the electric car is taxation.Apparently, the State of Washington is so strapped for cash that it's considering imposing a special tax on electric cars to compensate for the revenue it won't get from the tax on gasoline!
Incidentally, to resurrect old friend Tesla, over 300 miles on a single charge?!!!!
Oh, ever the optimist eh Geezer!Well, handily I've got the solution right here!(Read it quick though as it's gone in 7 days...[quick, where are the conspiracy theorists?])A new generation of multitalented materials could herald the end of the battery as we know it
You should all read Thomas Pynchon's novel Against the Day. Evil forces in that book suppress Tesla's invention of free energy, as the plutocrats wish to profit.
On a more cheerful note:"It's Time To Kill The Electric Car, Drive A Stake Through Its Heart And Burn The Corpse"
Ee by gum, theyl be trooble down't mill if this catches on.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14852073
Apparently the car could take something like 60A, 220V full power for charging, but not all stations provide the rapid charging.
Cliff,I just got off the phone with an underwriter and found out that this vehicle is ineligible for coverage thru xxxxxxxxxx. So there would be no 14 day coverage extension. We do not cover vehicles that have been converted because a conversion of this type affects many internal systems. They feel the risk of something going wrong and causing an accident is too high. I asked if there was a place that she would recommend for insuring these and she did not have a resource. If I were you, I would contact the people at the auction or the previous owner to find out where they had it insured. It may be a high risk company.I do apologize for the inconvenience, but wanted to let you know what I found out right away.
You could look into adding a Range-extender to carry on the bed.
The NiMH batteries from the 90's would have been sufficient to power the electric cars. Perhaps even NiCd. Everything I've read seems to indicate that the NiCd batteries got a bad rap, but can be made to be very long lasting batteries, and are better batteries than they are given credit for.The NiMH & EV story is a sad one, and is a failing of our legal system, patent system, and anti-trust system. Some companies such as BP have invested in alternative energy (Solar). But, it appears as if Texaco and Chevron chose to inhibit the development of new battery technology. But, now they're missing the boat because EV manufacturers are moving beyond NiMH to Lithium based batteries.
On a more cheerful note:"It's Time To Kill The Electric Car, Drive A Stake Through Its Heart And Burn The Corpse"http://seekingalpha.com/article/289828-it-s-time-to-kill-the-electric-car-drive-a-stake-through-its-heart-and-burn-the-corpse?source=yahoo
It could also overcome some of the limitations in WW supplies of Lithium as mentioned by Misery-guts Geezer here:
Of course, there is a much better way, but you'll have to wait until I file before I can tell you about it.
But at the end of the 'NiMH & EV' article it's more upbeat:"On July 28, 2009, Automotive News reported that Cobasys would be bought from Chevron and Energy Conversion Devices by battery maker SB LiMotive, a joint venture of Bosch and Samsung. At the time of the 2009 Cobasys sale, control of NiMH battery technology transferred back to ECD Ovonics. In October 2009, ECD Ovonics announced that their next-generation NiMH batteries will provide specific energy and power that are comparable to those of lithium ion batteries at a cost that is significantly lower than the cost of lithium ion batteries."
It could also overcome some of the limitations in WW supplies of Lithium as mentioned by Misery-guts Geezer here:Quote from: Geezer on 25/08/2011 23:41:44On a more cheerful note:"It's Time To Kill The Electric Car, Drive A Stake Through Its Heart And Burn The Corpse"http://seekingalpha.com/article/289828-it-s-time-to-kill-the-electric-car-drive-a-stake-through-its-heart-and-burn-the-corpse?source=yahoo
After the crash test, NHTSA found a coolant leak and moved the damaged Volt to a back lot, where it was exposed to the elements, said Rob Peterson, a GM spokesman who specializes in electric cars. Exposure to the weather caused the coolant to crystalize, and that, combined with the remaining charge in the battery, were factors, he said.
Do not worry about your lead-acid batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are a bit different. Their contents can ignite.
Quote from: Geezer on 13/11/2011 06:12:06Do not worry about your lead-acid batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are a bit different. Their contents can ignite.I was hoping to find a battery pack from a wrecked NISSAN Leaf. Perhaps this will lead us back from Lithium to NiMH technology.I still have the issue of a lot of power in the battery pack, and some relatively high voltage wires going from the back of the vehicle up into the engine compartment. One could design spring-loaded knife blade links to isolate compartments of the battery bank in case of an accident.
Yes, your batteries could start a fire, or even explode and spray acid all over the place, but I imagine there a fusible links that will pretty much rule that out.I don't think this case with the Volt will slow things down much. Actually, I think it's a really good thing because it's getting everyone's attention before there are many vehicles on the road. I'd be interested in seeing the root cause analysis, if it's ever made available.
You would need about a 500A x 144V DC fuse.
Fuses don't care about voltage; they only care about current.
QuoteFuses don't care about voltage; they only care about current. Not true. A 100 amp ac fuse, rated a 110 volts ac, will not rupture properly if it ruptures in a 1000 v dc circuit. It will explode or arc over. Voltage rating is critical for fuses.