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SO basically they copied the Lightyear One prototype?
And animal agriculture is a greater contributor to climate change than all transportation combined (cars, motorcycles, trains, trucks etc.). Big impact with a small change (your diet).
a T8 twin engine with 400 hhp and T6 twin engine with 340 hp is great, but where is the T4 twin engine with a 1.5 - 3 cyl turbo and e-motor with about 200 hp and heaps of torque? And while they're at it, maybe an E8? full electric. Bold move to drop all diesels though.
Why always the complaining about weight? First of, we don't know how much it weighs. Seconds, just look at for instance a Rolls Royce, can you imagine how heavy those wheels/ brakes / tire combos can be in 21 inch. Yet they ride like nothing else. The weight really is not an issue, you just adjust the suspension accordingly.
Using electric vans however does not offset the enormous impact milk production has on the environment (water use, land use, manure problems, CO2 and Methane emissions, etc). Better to stop drinking cows milk, (your not a baby cow are you?), which will have a way bigger impact. Or they could start distributing plantbased "milks". Then it would be a real win.
China also has a population 4.25 times that of the USA, no surprise they sell more electrified vehicles.
Again no mention of animal agriculture being responsible for 18 to 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (methane!). "Drop the meat, stop the heat" -Arnold Schwarzenegger-
Better is to use seaweed to feed people, than to feed cattle. And stop eating animals.
And to think that animal agriculture is an even greater source of air pollution (methane mainly) than ALL transportation combined, including these ships. You can't be "green" when you eat animals.
Who has 500 mile days? really. charge at home and you'll have a 200 mile range. with 60 mph avg speed, that means you'll be able to drive for 3 h 20 min. A break would be nice then. More likely, you'll drive for 2 hours and top up the battery, and continue? I'd think the avg. person doesn't do 500 mile days... ever.
there are 750 million people in Europe, if there are 1 million immigrants coming in a year, that is only 0.13%. Certainly we can help the people that have to flee their homes from the terror of AQ and IS. What really needs to stop is this bullsnazzle over oil. But that is why we are here on GCC
The biggest source of man's methane production is that of meat, dairy and egg production. let's start there, because it will have a far greater impact. Go vegan!
Hydrogen sounds very promising, however, when given the choice, I would rather use water for drinking water for those who need it, than to use it to produce a "fuel". Water could become the new oil with high prices. And you can't just tap into river water, that water already has a purpose, to be a river! We need to use less potable water, specifically: meat, dairy, egg industry uses a LOT of water. Go VEGAN!
1,520 kg, 3,351 lb: Light weight??? anything under 1000 kg is ok to be called light weight, but this?
@Bob: "Audi produces the high-voltage battery itself" as stated in the article. Mobile high-tech laboratory is indeed not the way to go, use the tech, NOW.
I think this is awesome! First the delta-wing, which I really hope will return. Now this. Absolutely against the mainstream. GREAT. Needs more hybrid power though. be it electric / flywheel / hydraulic / air whatever. Really looking forward to Le mans this year. Let's see what the other manufacturers come up with.
I don't like where this is going, animals are beeing exploited enough (too much) already. Now we will start breeding animals for "renewable" fuels. INSANITY. "production" of meat, dairy and eggs is more polluting than all transportation together (planes, trains, automobiles, ships etc). And therefore an easy means to reduce climate change. Get informed.
It would have been nice if they also mentioned that the lost crops could have fed 94M people, but in reality most of it would have gone to feed livestock in western countries. I know this site is all about technology, but the simplest way to reduce your carbon footprint: become vegetarian / vegan. The difference between rich and poor is so enormous there, i have no idea how to solve the problem there. I just recently was in India, and noticed that there is a very large percentage of VERY LARGE automobiles. Something i was not expecting. Lots of soot belching busses and tuc-tucs.
I would liek to note thay say the motor weighs 34 kg. That is not to say it ADDS 34 kg of unsprung weight. Normal wheelcarriers, with brakes etc also weigh a bit. Perhaps the weight difference is 20 to 25 kg. Still not little, but certainly not that bad. Look at the best riding / comfortable cars on the road. Think Maybach / S-class / BMW 7 etc. 20 inch wheels, huge brakes. Certainly those have a lot of unsprung weight, and ride is not comrpomised. The motors do sound a bit stronger than needed, however, without a transmission, the torque needs to be pretty high. 54 kW is more than enough, or perhaps still too much. Certainly if you have 2 of them (108 kW / 144 hp continues and 150 kW / 200hp peak) in a Bora would be more than enough. I would happily have my car converted to some inwheel motors. Say 30 kW each. Heck, my car's current weight (Fiat Panda) is 815 kg, zo 25 kW each would be enough. Rip out the enormous 1108 cc engine, throw some batteries in there.
33 mph AVERAGE is ectually faster than i expected. Certainly when it's real world driving, inculding some urban parts. I'm guessing that for motorway driving a maximum of 55 mph (90 km/h) was used, so as to be able to draft behind big trucks etc. So a very good result indeed. Eco driving is not slow driving! You have to accelerate hard to get the engine in the optimal efficiency.
OMG! That is abbismal. 22.7 mpg (us) is 9.65 km/L or 10.36 L/100 km If i compare that with my country (the Netherlands) 39.9 mpg (us) or 16.95 km/L or 5.9 L/100km And that is just for the gasoline cars, Diesel is some 10% better even and we have some 40% or so diesel cars on the road, compared to gasoline. So on average.... Still a very long way to go from the 54,4 mpg for the new Cafe. Best regards, Thanas Stefanes
With a 25% reduction in CO2, meaning a 25% reduction in fuel cinsupmtion. I'm sure the Return on investment will be great. It's good to see there is actually something beeing done to "clean up" the shipping emissions. Even if it is mostly because of lowering running costs.
Uhm.. You do know that LMP1 is the top class of racecars in the endurance races. Le Mans Prototype 1 There is also LMP2, and GT classes, which are production based cars. But sounds pretty exciting to me. Also the Deltawing car will be competing, albeit in its own class. Will be interesting to see how it will stand up to the dominance of the diesels.
So far, motorcycles are exempt from all this (for now al least) so i'm not really concerned. Since i do most of my riding on 2 wheels. The car is mostly for grocery getting and for transporting the wife and kids. So perhaps 5000 km per year by car currently and 20.000 km by motorcycle. This was portrayed as a way to relieve congestion. But biggest effect will probably be on on the people who drive their own car during of congestion times. I for instance pay 356 euro (484 dollar US) per year on roadtax. That means that in 2012 i can drive for 11.867 km and break even. People that have a company/ lease car will probably get the tax included in their contribution. So perhaps get a smaller lease car, that's cheaper to lease. Anyway. Not really sure what the real outcome will be. For me however it will be psoitive. For example. A gasoline car weighing between 1251 and 1350 kg (2758 and 2976 lbs) will cost about 612 euro per year, that means in 2012 you can drive for 20.400 km and break even. Road tax here is based on a car's weight and fuel. Same car with a diesel engine will cost 1192 euro. so thats 39.733 km to break even. SO having a hevier car will be cheaper. Kind of backwards isn't it. Besides this we curently have 2 kinds of tax on new car's one is 19% and the other 33%, so thats a lot of tax. And fuel is currently about 1,40 euro/ liter (7.20 us dollar per us gallon!!!) of which about 2/3 (66.7%) is tax already. Hope to have enlightened you a bitt about our little crowded country.
This is a good idea, but with some very basic faults. Having to depend on a prefessional driver is not the way to go. That means a couple of things. Professional drivers do not make good drivers perse. Even professional drivers make mistakes and often that leads to deaths (bus drivers, trucks etc.) What if there is not a professional driver on your route? If you want to do this, every car in the roadtrain should be able to drive autonomously. The technology for this is already available. However. THis means having to implement a few extra actuators in every car. Steering, throttle and braking should be able to be controlled by a computer. Thus adding additional weight and complexity to the car and increasing price. Thus making the car less efficient. Kind of contradictionary. However, with the coming of electric drive trains, be it with fuell cel, full electric, series hybrid or whatever. This could possibly become less of a hassle. A lot af kinks to work out.