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Old 08-29-2007, 05:51 AM
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The plot behind killing electric cars

The plot behind killing electric cars | Tech News on ZDNet

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Old 08-29-2007, 06:33 AM
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I dunno what to say about that.
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Maybe a steady state diesel running a generator like the trains use now ?
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:04 AM
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It sounds to me like no matter how hard anyone tried, total electric cars were doomed from the start. There are several factors, cost, reliability, battery life, sale ability, consumer interest.

There are other factors. These cars are supposed to better for the environment. However, when that is being touted, little is said about the fact that the used up batteries being a hazardous waste product. Or about the added pollution created in the production of the electricity used to charge the batteries.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:12 AM
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What if the electricity was generated by a onboard power cell ?

This is the technology that powers a lot of the NASA equipment.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:44 AM
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Wouldn't that basically be a hydrogen car?? Pretty clean as far as waste products go, but we all know that hydrogen can be dangerous. Not to mention that the hydrogen power cells are extremely expensive to produce.
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The hydrogen in fuel cells is no more dangerous then the gasoline in a gasser... What is dangerous is the oxygen... Basically you can put almost anything in the presence of pure oxygen and it will burn very hot, very quick... Even things you generally consider nonflamable will burn....

For those of you who are old enough you might want to remember the Apollo 1 fire... There was VERY little flamable stuff in those capsules but they pumped pure oxygen into them for the astronauts to breath... FLASH, they were dead in a few seconds by a fire that reached 2000 degrees in a couple of seconds and lasted only a few more...

They've worked on various ways to catalyze oxygen from different substances and the concept will work... The question that comes up under this circumstance is "what are the byproducts of this material?".... Somebody will figure out it out eventually....

Ken....
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:08 AM
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Google the Tesla supercar. I sat in one last week! $100K super car!! Seems as though they have the battery issue solved temporarily.
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diesel powered Gopeds are the next revolution.
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The hydrogen in fuel cells is no more dangerous then the gasoline in a gasser... What is dangerous is the oxygen... Basically you can put almost anything in the presence of pure oxygen and it will burn very hot, very quick... Even things you generally consider nonflamable will burn....

For those of you who are old enough you might want to remember the Apollo 1 fire... There was VERY little flamable stuff in those capsules but they pumped pure oxygen into them for the astronauts to breath... FLASH, they were dead in a few seconds by a fire that reached 2000 degrees in a couple of seconds and lasted only a few more...
Are not the current car builders US and others not working this using just the oxygen from the air (not a onboard tank) ?
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