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Tesla should offer a "Bond Autonomous" mode to get away from paparazzi, kidnappers, getting to ER, etc! Activated by yelling "Get the hell out of here!" Of course this might have to wait until full implementation of V2V to avoid collisions.
At 1/1000 = 0.1% efficiency, it's only usefull for sensors.
By choosing more efficient vehicles, much more fuel can be saved. EV's use less than half the energy. Slowing down ICE vehicles only save 10 to 20%. Autonomous vehicles should be optimized to reduce congestion and minimize travel time. Otherwise traffic congestion will be worse than it needs to be. Autonomous vehicles can safely drive faster in dedicated lanes. HOV lanes can be re-purposed to higher speed Autonomous Only Vehicles, AOV lanes. Overall congestion will be greater reduced.
A high fee should be charged for driving without passengers or cargo in congested areas.
This might combine well with using waste heat from nuclear and multi stage flash evaporation water purification systems.
Lad: Flybrid KERS has nothing to do with ICE, it an alternative to batteries and supercapacitors.
How about use this concept to make an econobox with the same concept as the Koenigsegg Regera!
How about use this concept to make an econobox with the same concept as the Koenigsegg Regera!
Regenerative braking can help a lot with massive ICE downsizing and increased electric power. BMW is leading in this area. On my imiev EV I rarely use the brakes. There was a phone app developed that gives the driver predictive signal information. And could avoid brakes completely if the traffic phone app was available in my area. If widely adopted, traffic flow could increase as cars don't have to stop and signals turn green just in time. Better flow through city allows shorter routes to be taken for some instead of highway. So a software that saves time, fuel, pollution, health is still not available after how many years that it was invented. Why?
If this is real, it is needed as soon as possible to fix the global warming problem!
Inherently unsafe! "... up to 30 kW, with a gap of 20 cm and efficiency of up to 90% ..." So 10% inefficiency is 3 kW pollution. Read about the guy who invented lead for gasoline. The only reason for this is laziness and not having robots that connect the charger automatically.
Sorry, basic thermodynamics says this can only reduce the overall vehicle efficiency, and the tires additional energy to power the system will be more than they harvest. So this article is misleading. TPMS only needs a tiny battery. However it could be useful to power a pump in a tire.
Seems the six-speed automatic transmission is a dead weight in the i8. The transmission-less Koenigsegg Regera is the way of the future.
"Use the reaction water for cooling" after storing it and letting it cool, or cooling... (lots of options) The scooter FC power pak would make a great range extender for EV's. FCEV's should be based on the smallest cheapest H2 FC just for range extending. Make it like a generator with a standard power connector for all EV's.
With an excess of cheap electricity, this would be ideal to replace the carbon based fuels used in long haul trucks. But to really compete with BEV's the round-trip efficiency will have to be improved. Of coarse a huge investment in cost competitive H supply and associated electricity is needed. Seems more likely to be a niche product.
An interesting and worthwhile concept to explore in chassis design. Seems combining with all electric power would maximize the advantage. Otherwise go the koenigsegg regera route. I would like to see a comparison of this concept versus the opposite layout like the t-rex motorcycle.
I really like my Mitsubishi electric car but this technology is not for and earth application. The problem is diffusion in atmosphere will lead to radiation leakage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photon_diffusion To be viable for power transmission, power will be much higher than communications signals. So even a small 1% leakage will be very polluting, but acceptable for business. I oppose all wireless power that has potential to leak energy at higher levels than existing communications emissions. Many people choose not to live next to high power lines, so that should not be considered an acceptable level. Maybe in space this has some niche when launch costs become trivial or solar cell manufacturing is done in space.
It probably has a catalyst. Most motorcycles sold in California have them now.
This most likely has no future for short and medium range light passenger vehicles. Vastly improved battery technology soon to be available will cement EV's technology lead even more. However this may be an ideal environmental solution to long range large truck and train transportation.
Why don't they cut the length of the internals, shaft etc. and use multiple sections stacked, and offset by some angle to smooth out the torque ripple. Just like more cylinders in an ICE is used primarily to smooth out torque. This is even more critical to have smooth torque in electric motors to take advantage of the zero RPM capability.
SCE has a ripoff EV plan that does not really save any money because day rates are so much higher. Is PG&E any better? The real reason this is happening is providing power to charging EV's is so profitable. Selling kWh for roughly 5 to 10 times production cost, and the more you sell the lower the delivery cost. $0.20/kWh is equivalent to $7/gallon of gasoline. EV's are so efficient that it's accepted. But this is really not encouraging EV's and zero emissions unless you go solar, not possible for everyone. The ICE fuel business has so much smaller profit margins due to competition.
DavidJ, it's a pure mechanical flywheel KERS. Another advantage of this design is it allows maximum kinetic energy recover during braking. The front brakes could be downsized a lot. In contrast, F1's current rules greatly limit braking energy recover by the KERS.
I would like to see how it works. Stiff springs and traction control will make it easy to manage weight transfer. I see the advantage here. Aerodynamic center of the more efficient under body ground effect wants to be forward. Chassis have become super lightweight while the rest has become heavier. So a rear wheel drive design suffers from excessive rear CG unless a draggy rear wing is added. So this could be more efficient aerodynamically. The other big issue is will this have good stability, i.e. no possibility of flipping... Why not use rear electric motors?