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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.
HarveyD: If the bus is self-driving, they don't need to be big and articulated. Smaller, more frequent buses would attract more riders.
I heard on a political talk show this week that a company in West Virginia has announced that it will reopen a coal mine. Gillette Wyoming is giddy over a better economy, whatever that means. Obama and the Fed (with other central banks) have engineered a recovery that makes Trump look good. We will see how long that lasts. My dollars to donuts say there will be many fewer coal miners in 2020 than in 2016.
I do not oppose nuclear, but while the engineers on this site love it, I want to see the economics work. Right now they do not. Just ask Toshiba, or the Toshiba investors. It is political because nuke plants can only get financed if the Government takes 100% of the risk. Technology may change all that, but I will wait to see.
If nukes can be dispatchable energy, perhaps using supercritical CO2, then I like it. But if it becomes baseload that the grid has to be built around to justify the investment, then I am opposed. The future is clean, renewable, and variable.
Arnold, We will deal with those "pesky problems overpopulation, unemployment and climate change" the old fashioned way, with war and pestilence. Plenty of weapons, and no science to fight diseases in the aftermath of war. With no people, no one worries about climate change. Problem solved.
sd, For 600 miles, high-speed PRT, such as AirTran or something similar, should probably replace airplanes anyway. We could probably build medium speeed PRT with current technology using electronics from self-driving cars. I look for Amazon to enter this market at some point.
All posts seem to assume personal auto ownership rates will continue at present levels, and rise in developing countries as incomes go up. That may not be the case. Congestion in the increasingly urbanized world may shift demand to public (mass) transportation modes. Self-driving cars, electric bikes, skateboards, and scooters may serve as last mile transport for many. Online buying with electric truck delivery may suffice for many elderly. Time will tell.
Trees. You seem to be saying "all of the above." With that I agree. But those few "elite" are forcing auto makers to make their products cleaner, and more efficient. I say, more power to them as one piece in "all of the above."