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There is ample evidence that fracking produces lots of oil, gas and jobs, but insignificant pollution. And fracking is used only at the beginning of the life of the well.
Of course they may. Almost anything MAY come to pass. Let's live in today. "Today is the Tomorrow we dreamed about Yesterday."
With the sales of ALL types of EVs holding at 3.5% since 2010, and EV technology culminating in a $100,000 car with no range extender after 15 years, the EV may prove to be the interim technology.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. 1. This Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air 2L will be just a Demonstrator. 2. Its claimed capabilities, at this point, are vapor. 3. It uses compressed air which loses much energy to heat during compression - but maybe not an issue if all it provides is IMMEDIATE and very SHORT bursts of power - see #4 below. 4. The hybrid capacity is apparently closer to “just 10 seconds” than to 10 minutes. 5. The future improvements of the Prius might come at to high a cost but the existing Prius is much more car (and more for the money) than this 850kG future car is likely to be.
How about just an 860kg car with carbon composites used for the body panels, sides, doors and roof and the coil springs. That would give low fuel consumption, but would it be affordable? Probably not. Adding the compressed air hydraulic system will add cost and weight along with the better MPG. Also not likely to be affordable. And they imply that the engine somehow supplies compressed air directly. Does the system actually just pump the oil into the tank and compress the air? I also think it "sounds as though it really should not work"
People driving ICEVs or extended range BEVs over 350 miles per day, require a mid-day stop to eat. They can stop for fuel then and/or in between, as they see fit Except for the geeks, people who pay big bucks for BEVs with over 350 miles range are not going to play geocaching searching for a high power charger and endure range anxiety on a long trip. They will take an ICE auto or fly. The same evolution that leaves us with ICEs capturing 96,5% of new car sales instead of 50% BEVs after 15 years will likely leave us with ICEs being the only car for long trips 15 years hence.
If they can leverage the sales volume of Ford's turbo downsizing with some practical turbo-alternator and BAS technology, they might have something. After 15 years of partial and full electric production vehicles – - what do we end up with? We end up with 3.5% market penetration and a $100,000+ EV for the fiscally challenged (Oh, and “one for $35k”; 3 years away - and gaining). Now if Ricardo will just switch from the dull advanced lead carbon battery pack to a more expensive but exciting Li-Ion pack and provide all the fun upgrade$ mentioned above, they can forsake the masses and follow Musk into the high prestige, low volume arena - and help consolidate the 3.5% market share.
This appears to be a (small) win-win, as described by Tim and E-P. And just what regulations do the others think are being bypassed? The fact that the administration does things that are illegal, should not make one assume that others do also. This posted “letter” (letter from whom?) appears a bit disingenuous. It says that “the interconnections will actually result in a decrease of 105,000 bpd of crude oil across the Line 67 border .., and an increase of 180,000 bpd of crude oil … across the Line 3 border segment.” So apparently there will be a nominal increase of 75,000 bpd - while the letter implies that the Alberta Clipper line will increase flow by almost 400,000 bpd (from 495,000 to 880,000 bpd). And near the end it says “Enbridge … will construct the interconnections and pump upgrades, and to operate those facilities to increase the flow of oil …, whether or not the requested new Presidential Permit is issued by the State Department.” Which I can only assume should read something like “The upgrades will be made regardless, to allow flow to increase in the event the permit is issued”. A harmless preparation. And the last paragraph? It is pure doubletalk.
I like solar carport because the sun protection (shade) helps justify the cost. It should be connected to the plant or grid also, of course, until there are LOTS more plug-in EVs.
These people provide management and consulting services and apparently see much room for improvement in the operationally demanding areas of the oil & gas industry. I wish them and the oil industry well. But the increasingly difficulty of finding new oil and gas is probably one of the more predictable conditions that must be dealt with. Just like farming, the oil business is full of risks and cruel twists of fate. But it is the investor’s money that they use, not mine. That's why I wish them well. Why not stop funneling MY tax dollars down rat holes like EVs. Let the entrepreneurs spend their OWN money as they see fit? Since HEVs and EVs first entered the U.S. market in 1999; they have saved about 35 million barrels of oil - in total - a 15 year rat hole. That 35M bbls is only a 4 day supply of light duty vehicle fuel and likewise less than 4 days of imported oil. The oil industry has allowed us to significantly reduce oil imports - arguably more important than most any other accomplishment including unilateral Co2 reduction. The shift from coal fired power plants and the reduction in GH gasses in the US is largely due to the decades long struggle, mostly by small independent oil drillers and frackers, to tap into tight oil and gas. Carbon-dioxide emissions in the United States have dropped to their lowest level in 20 years. The oil industry has allowed us to significantly reduce oil imports - arguably more important than most any other accomplishment including unilateral Co2 reduction. That's why I wish them well.
The route was flat and level. But I think the sandbags might be representative, who else would want to travel round trip between Rosamond and Palmdale 18 times in a row?
The real distinction is that the F150 in aluminum will provide a real reduction in oil consuption. The Jaguar XE will provide no noticable reduction. (Unless they sell 610,000 of them.)
Good technical content. Centurion 2.0/2.0s, are now called the CD-100 series. Continental TD-300s are now called the CD-200 series.
Goldstone did come near showing that restricting the power to one race car would be an engineering practicality. You might say that “Everything you can imagine is real.” And I would say stick to painting.
I have trouble following fantasy where engineering principles are in abeyance.
Yes, the patent system is imperfect but it serves a need. Private industry pours billions into research. The patent allows them to recoup the development cost so they will continue to create. If software developers and pharmaceutical companies were required to sell CDs or pills with their product at cost ($0.20), they would stop developing new product. It is not obvious that simplistic changes would make things better.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2014 on Tesla opens up all its patents at Green Car Congress
Microwaves aren't going to provide power to an Aston Martin at low intensities.
Of course the question is, do they support biofuels. Apparently they do - and can be made better. But my car is apprehensive of GMOs.
The beamed microwave radiation could provide significant power - AND would also eliminate most of the competition (as well as many of the spectators). Or did you mean to harness the cosmic microwave background radiation? A genuine renewable (well, limitless anyway) power source. But with even lower power density than solar. But hey, let's not bring reality into this.
This is crazy. Efficient solar cells produce about 15 watts per square foot. This makes less sense that thermocouples in the exhaust and makes us wonder about those who support such foolishness.
No Harve .... all the Oil people and repair shops, and the many posters and vehicle manufacturers cannot stop EVs nor perpetuate the ICE any more than YOU are responsible by not making millions of EVs yourself. And where does this screwball idea about patents being a worthless impediment come from? Most mature people know that many rules and laws have pros and cons and some thought to the pros is in order ... Wait, maybe the answer to my question can be found in the first 3 words in the sentance above.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2014 on Tesla opens up all its patents at Green Car Congress
What a hoot. Reminds me of Howard Hughes in his golden years. What's really sobering is that there are some innocents that will swallow this. "At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all." I think he realizes there are plenty on the fringe that are willing to believe that only Tesla is in the business to sell what the EVs the public wants; all other 50 plus car manufacturers (including Toyota and Nissan) are in business to kill the electric car and perpetuate the ICE, out of malice, nostalgia (and kindness, I suppose).
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2014 on Tesla opens up all its patents at Green Car Congress
Most EVs do not use LED headlights because, even though they save a few hundred watts, there is insignificant gain in range. It would have less significance in an ICE auto. A rear view mirror requires about 1 hp to push at 65 MPH.
I can see the bumper stickers on F-150s now; “Saving more fuel than a Prius”.
China makes a lot of noise about cleaning up the air quality in big cities, but coal plants and petroleum-burning vehicles there are growing explosively The much promised, but slight, inroads of NG, nuclear power, solar, wind, BEV's, PHEV's etc, is being badly outpaced. So China will soon burn as much coal as the rest of the world combined, and the USA is a leader in CO2 reduction while China is touted as an environmental leader by the types that believe the citizens of China, Cuba and North Korea really do live in utopia and the US is the great Satan (how about some incentive programs to aid their emigration, it would support diversity). The shift from coal fired power plants and the reduction in GH gasses in the US is largely due to the three decades long struggle, mostly by small independent oil drillers, to tap into tight oil and gas. They are responsible for fracking and for our shift from coal and the unprecedented reduction in CO2 in the US.