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This all seems to point to a need for energy storage. With intermittent generation and intermittent demand, we can no longer look to the grid and expect to produce exactly what is demanded at any time.
Watch for a rapid shift to SOFCs from turbines. Electricity can be produced with natural gas, but it is clean, can be distributed and is rapidly dispatched. Corporations will do the investing -- Apple, Amazon, Walmart, and many other large installations. They will become the energy providers.
Noise restrictions could kill Harley sales, and good riddance.
Roger P: and the product can be stored for seasonal needs, not just short-term load balancing.
Someone please explain how generating heat from nuclear or otherwise in the atmosphere would or would not add to global warming. After all, that heat will still be trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gasses, not radiated into space any more than fossil fuel heat.
Yes, and the US Government is trying to dump the dirty gassers on the US market. Talk about fighting the last war.
Build the customer base while working on the technology. If you wait for Automated vehicles, someone else will already own the market.
What he said. Except, I can see BEV's used for household leveling for those who have solar panels on the roof.
mahonj is probably correct. Even this article focuses on fatalities. The real payoff is in reduced injuries (including traumatic brain), lower hospital costs, dramatically reduced auto repair costs, etc. But the benefits don't have to wait for fully autonomous cars. Full implementation of currently available safety features across all vehicles can move us in this direction with less publicity around fatal errors.
According to this, a virtual train in China can recharge fully in 10 minutes for. While it has only 15 kilometer range, it carries 300 passengers. So how does that translate to distance for a car? And more to the point, what kind of batteries are they using?
HarveyD, I do not have to contend with the cold weather you do. 30KwH in a Leaf with this type of charge would overcome any range anxiety I have for my driving.
Exxon is putting money into everything that looks like fossil fuels, while only dipping their toe into real renewables like wind and solar. There is coming a tipping point at which it will become obvious that oil is in decline (not yet). At that time big oil will rush to invest in something that works -- wind, solar, wave, whatever.
Pursuits will soon be more effectively and safely done by drones.
This makes more sense to me than personally owned AV/EV to carry one person. And it makes more sense than a 80 passenger bus. If limited to regions within cities, people could efficiently and cheaply get from home to light rail or bus rapid transit lines. A network. It is the solution for the last mile problem, making a whole system more efficient.
Political window dressing for the core. At least it is not $500 million.
I look forward to the day when: 1. We don't see any more posts about new ICE technologies, and 2. The big oil companies jump into renewable energy with both feet because they recognize fossil fuels are not worth investing in. 3. We see Youtube videos of vehicles being confiscated and crushed for "rolling coal"
Why mail it? If the 3D printing serves multiple companies/repair locations, put one in every city of any size, print the part and deliver it that day. NAPA could house it.
gorr: I can't what you ask for, but here in Colorado you can get a new Leaf for $18000 after rebates.
A thin networks makes possible plug-in hybrids with limited battery for most daily activity, but fuel cell backup or for distant driving. More options, potentially lower price to relieve range anxiety.
On this one, I agree with at least half of what gorr says. Standardize the charging system, build it out (or get McDonalds to build it out) to reduce range anxiety, and lots of people will buy lower-cost, limited range cars that can do for everyday driving. I am one of them.
School buses do a lot of stop and start travel. I would think they would benefit from a combination of Hydraulic Hybrid, and Electric drive to capture full regenerative braking.
Tesla has supposedly already doubled the lifespan of their cells, and are putting them in their backup systems, but not yet in cars. https://electrek.co/2017/05/09/tesla-battery-lifetime-double/