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    Posted: 01 Oct 17 at 6:07pm
We have many discussions about the future of dinghy sailing. 
what issues will all electric vehicles bring ?
Talking towing, caravans, boat trailers etc.
Campaigning could be difficult with limited mileage vehicles.
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*If* electric vehicles become universal then the range problem will get solved. Who knows, it might be like the days of horses - every 100 miles you stop to change battery packs. If it doesn't get solved then there won't be electric cars. And don't forget the 2040 thing (which of course could by changed by any government in the meantime) only mandates hybrid cars, so when the rules come into force, who knows, it might be 10 mile radius by electricity and 1,000 mile radius by petrol...
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I had a hybrid outlander and towed a rib with it. It was great for launching and recovery, but the small fuel tank (to make space for the batteries) made long, low mpg journeys a nightmare. Lots of refuelling.

I think the technology has a way to go for towing heavier loads, although it barely noticed the Laser.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Oct 17 at 6:47pm
Would imagine Caravan industry investigating and planning, 20 odd foot twin axle caravans towed by a large 4x4, camper vans, power hungry combo's.
possibile power plants with technology today,
Hydrogen (unlikely). 
Flywheel drive, (dangerous), possibility for HGV and buses/coaches.
What else is out there ?
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Both Toyota and Honda are putting all their efforts into hydrogen as people start to realise that Electric cars still need to get their electricity from somewhere, and that somewhere is usually a fossil fuelled power station.
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Yep, some way to go with electric cars. Norway has embraced all-electric motoring with commendable speed. However, I'm told you have to stick to the urbanised areas. Battery ranges plummet in sub-zero temperatures and Norway is over 2000kms long!
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Cyclors will be needed to provide the extra range ........  Wink
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I think electric vehicles are the way we are going and the infrastructure and range will be resolved one way or another, maybe in ways we cant yet imagine. I suspect the current Petrol Stations we know and hate, will turn into battery-swop stations - with a range of industry standard battery types (to be agreed). All this is in many ways good news as it forces industry to make better battery types. Its a shame that apple have dropped out of the electric car development as I also suspect that the paradigm of the car as we know it will change, and it will be a non-traditional car maker that will lead it - maybe Dyson for example. These are really interesting times ahead. 
As to the OP question, we are a way yet from battery technology dealing with heavy tow loads, but for us sailors, towing a dinghy isnt really an issue IMHO.
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Battery swapping is how the Tesla electric trucks are going to work apparently. a battery swap can be done in around 10-20 minutes and as you will lease the batteries there is no need to worry about cost (on the Tesla truck).
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My friend has a hybrid Volvo which I have driven for some distance towing a double stacker. The only problem seems to be huge depreciation and the way it navigates boat parks in dangerous, ghostly silence.
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