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I am sure they have all this in China already. You could leave the car after a long drive with no social capital at all after a bad drive.
@EP, ok, but it still doesn't require 8GPs, or even 1 Gps. You could transmit speech with say 50 Kbps and a facial expression with (say) 32 bits per person per second - not much at all. Gaze flickers might be a bit unreliable.
I am not sure what you need such high speed connectivity for. Are you going to stream HD video to a car while being driven around ? You should be able to download maps occasionally, typically when parked. It looks like a solution looking for a problem to me.
Great possibilities to improve air quality in cities here, as long as the batteries have enough power and the vehicles can perform well enough. People use scooters for everything in places like India and Indonesia. If the battery is 1kwH, can you get 100 Km / KwH, I would doubt it. You might get 60 Km at a speed of 40 KpH (slow) from 1KwH. (according to an ebike simulator I found). http://www.electricbikesimulator.com/index,en.html# Still, a very good start, and I would think that 60 Km would be plenty for most people.
The solution, then, is to buy a used leaf. Otherwise, It would be interesting to try some more modern cars in it, from say 2014 - 2018.
"...will have no adverse effect on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, engine output, peak torque or noise emissions, nor on the durability of the engine and exhaust-gas aftertreatment system." So what will be effected ? Will you simply have to fill the Ad-Blu tank more often ?
Someone's been watching batman - "The dark Knight", I believe.
You could probably use it in ground and sea vehicles, however. Electric cars in winter would be a good application (!) Or combined heat and electrcity fuel cells. You could use it on planes as long as it was properly vented. I wonder can you recycle the spent fuel back to Al metal or is it just easier to dump it? Interesting, either way. Whether it is the fuel of the future is another matter altogether.
This will be very useful for optical ports for cameras and other optical sensors. My only concern is that if you hit a bug at 120 Kph, it may get stuck to the glass so hard that it won't just wash off. Anyhow, I wish them well.
A question we could ask is does everyone need a personally owned 4 wheeled ICE powered vehicle ? Many developing nations have hoards of scooters and bicycles at a lower development level. If you combine these with public transport (of whatever type), you have reasonable transport options (in cities and towns anyhow). I cannot see the whole world driving around in 4 wheeled EV's either.
Properly cleaned diesel engines should be a benefit, + we'll see lots of these engines across the Renault / Nissan / Dachia range, so the engine matters a great deal. A lot of people are not planning on giving up on diesel. The main problems now are political as the mood has turned well against diesel in cities in Europe.
OK, nice to find a use for H2. I have a few questions and observations: a: What about hydrogen embrittlement of the gas pipes, they were designed for methane, not H2. b: It is a pity you have to use H2 to replace the cleanest fossil fuel, rather than coal or oil, which contain much more carbon, sulphur etc. c: If they started at 5%, then 10 etc, they could find out what will really happen, there may be some gotcha's in there.
Nice to see the adults getting involved in energy storage. Any hints as to capacity, cost, efficiency, demonstration unit completion etc?
Lead batteries sound very heavy to me, more for stationary applications than mobile ones. So then it comes down to cycle life, which should be at least 1000 cycles (better still, 3000) - which I don't see happening.
This is the most popular car in Ireland, but it is the small engine (1.7L) diesel that is the big seller, not the 2 litre. So we'll have to wait till spring 2019 to get the mild hybrid, which I would welcome. There was a craze for diesel for anything over 1.6L for the last few years in Ireland, which caused a fair deal of pollution - you would walk past rows of stationary diesels with all their engines running. With the mild hybrid, the engines of these ones should be stopped if they are stationary. Now: how to backfit them to the existing 1 million diesels.
Looks like BMW aren't planning on giving up on diesel any time soon. Same as Bosch and Mercedes, and presumably VW. Note that they seem to be meeting the Euro6d Temp well ahead of schedule. Presumably they were rattled by Hamburg and other cities banning "older" diesel vehicles, and are now taking the diesel pollution VERY seriously, along with Bosch & Mercedes. This is fine for the luxury car manufacturers who have the margin on the cars to put this in, the problem is for mid market vendors such as VW and PSA who have thinner margins.
If it is cheaper than reforming Methane to H2, and can replace it, we are in business. My worry is that H2 is a devil to store and transport. Better react it with something to use it up, for instance make methanol or (ethanol?) with it. Anyhow, good news.
This is BIG NEWS. 62000 is a large number of cars to join a program and a licensing deal for the Waymo tech is also a big deal. It remains to be seen how it will work out for FCA, but if I was a mid ranking car company, I would try to get a deal with waymo. I wonder will the licensed systems require Lidar - if so, it will increase the cost a deal - have to wait and see.
We used to have battery milk floats when I was a boy. See the episode "Speed 3" of Father Ted (NvSFW) for reference. But it is a good application as it it very stop/start and the routes are quite short.
This looks like a good idea, especially if the trucks have say 30-50 miles battery capacity. Then they can charge up on the long stretches, and detach from the lines for junctions, towns etc. This would make it much easier and cheaper to build out the infrastructure. Alternately, they could also have diesel generators but now it is getting a bit complicated.
I suppose there is very little money to be made servicing electric cars, so why bother selling them. Also, the mechanics may not be familiar with EV components and debugging.
They should be able to fix any software problems very quickly. They should be able to fix hardware items over the next year or so, hopefully with few recalls. Nonetheless, it might be better for Tesla to partner with some existing car manufacturer who knows how to make £35K cars, which is not an easy task for beginners. They partner with Panasonic for batteries, why not Toyota or Honda for the Model 3?
As a cyclist commuter, I am happy to see this. What you have to balance is the rare possibility of getting run over and perhaps killed vs the certain health benefits from increased regular exercise, and more predictable journey times. I wonder how much this applies to people on e-bikes, especially electric boost ones. They do not have to push as hard, but at least they push a bit and get out and about.
This sounds like a big deal if it works out. However, there are many false steps along the way (and many steps to be taken) [ towards cellulostic ethanol].
SO there is already quite a market for H2. Question is - should they generate it by steam reforming of methane (as they do now) or from excess solar and / or wind energy? Depends on the price of carbon (if you had one?), or mandates.