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It's deeply frustrating to watch our politicians, especially at the national level, being paid to lie by the fossil fuels industries, and knowing they are exchanging our children's lives in the future for immediate profits. Our only hope is to vote them out ASAP.
So, the wars for oil continue, what's new? What's new is; in an Electric World, 'ENERGY IS LOCAL' and not dependent on relationships between countries...hopefully, this will lead to less wars.
Looks like SD Mines smells grant money in battery research.
The news here is you don't have to burn bunker oil in diesel engines; there are good intermediate steps to reduce emissions while waiting for clean energy solutions to progress to the feasibility stages.
Anything to get rid of the diesels; diesel bus exhaust is really nasty to breathe.
Lots of these lab reports out every day...kinda lets us know: 'they're working on it'; but, not much else.
E-P: Amen! And this is just the beginning of innovation for EV electronic components and assembles. Additionally, there are promises that Graphene will raise the bar even higher.
Many states are working to protect people's health while at the same time the Republicans are busy undermining these efforts by wiping out the regulations under which these efforts operate...just one example: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/trump-administration-rolls-back-clean-water-protections.html
That's a 7,250 PSI fuel pump. The pressure of the explosion inside a diesel engine runs about 300 to 1,500 PSI, from low load to full power. Interesting contrast; interesting rather complicated engineering; wonder how much cost this adds?
Perhaps one day you will ride an electric bus into the city and get off at the scooter hub where you get a ES(electric scooter) and ride from there to the office, etc.
If you have ever been at curbside when a dirty, smoking diesel bus roars by, you will know to appreciate the cleaner buses. Would like to see them all go BEV.
Finally, VW moves; and, the specs on the car show hey have done their homework on what people want in a BEV...no reason to buy a hybrid now that the ID.3 is available.
OEMs are starting to announce their BEVs. So, if you can, wait for a BEV and don't buy an obsolete ICE-powered Hybrid.
Looks like Porsche is buying electric 'IP.'
Hydrocarbon fuel from any source is still hydrocarbon and still polluting when burned in air. The idea of clean energy means sans hydrocarbons.
Why would one want to buy an even more expensive ICE Audi and pay for all that 48 volt complexity? If you just gotta have an Audi, wait for the BEV.
Seems to me the first hurdle is to stop burning hydrocarbons in the air. Then you can stop subsidizing oil companies and shut down the gross polluting pipe lines, oil tankers and refineries. The key to a better, cleaner World is replacing fossil fuel with electrons for energy in all sectors, including air, sea and land transportation, and power production. Working on the entire life cycle of energy related products is secondary until we stop the gross polluting.
As long as people will keep buying the obsolete ICEVs, VW will keep moving the transition goal posts and working hard to slow down the necessity to build EVs. It's pretty frustrating to watch them build ICEs and continue polluting when we know that EVs are a much better product in every way.
Peter: Nope! It's an ICE killer. They have 30,000 reservations. that's sales of about $5 billion. wonder how many are from crossover Porsche lovers who state; 'The only real Porsche is a 911 with its rear engine"(ICE).
EV makers must find a way to reduce the costs of batteries to produce EVs at parity with ICEVs before the growth in clean transportation can be realized. EVs are just too expensive for common folks to buy, even with incentives.
The first of the 'robbers' to flee the Den.
Studies are only as good as the assumptions made to bracket the data. Here we are again with a biased study that depends on the fuel source used to create charging current for the BEVs...I would think a study out of MIT would have been better vetted.
First, prop planes ...later ducted fan electric hybrids airliners as the technology advances...perhaps burning hydrogen in turbines. At any point in time there are 30,000 aircraft flying in the atmosphere, polluting the hell out of everything. And, the count is growing.
Highway building is pricing itself out of business...time to innovate and to invent newer, cheaper ways to build transportation systems. Driven a freeway lately? Pretty crazy spending time parked in traffic; HyperLoop?