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Post Options Post Options   Quote ttc546 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Oct 17 at 9:27am
There is bound to be heavy depreciation for early adopters as the tech is really still 1st generation.  I am one of those who bought the 1st gen Pebble watch ..... 


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A mate has a Toyota Rav hybrid that he tows with. Absolutely no issues with it. However, his first hybrid was a Prius and only after he'd bought it did he discover it was not type approved for towing....... So check before you buy.
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I support everything electric. We need to stop using fossil fuels.
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Originally posted by Mariner_One

I support everything electric. We need to stop using fossil fuels.



But bear in mind a large proportion of electricity is still generated using fossil fuels. Until the energy mix is predominantly from renewable or nuclear sources the zero emission electric car is illusionary at best.
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It's a pity the Government didn't intervene to demand battery standardisation, encourage the oil companies to replace gas stations with banks of charged batteries for you to just pull over and switch for a small fee, all being charged by solar or wind.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ttc546 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Oct 17 at 1:02pm
Originally posted by iGRF

It's a pity the Government didn't intervene to demand battery standardisation, encourage the oil companies to replace gas stations with banks of charged batteries for you to just pull over and switch for a small fee, all being charged by solar or wind.

Pretty sure that will happen in time. Its too early in the lifecycle to get to a standardised globally accepted battery bank system.


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Read somewhere about research into charging electrolyte at wind farms, for distribution to 'petrol' stations.

A long way off perhaps, but another way to rapid re-charge.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Oct 17 at 1:37pm
I think this way station idea is probably the way forward. 
Ford will have their battery standard, Vauxhall another etc.
Battery exchange will be quicker than present day fuel filling, as simple as changing a cassette tape.
Fossil fuels will be with us for a long time, something like 90% of Hydrogen fuel comes from propane, modern coal fired power stations very clean.
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Originally posted by jeffers

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).

quite possibly, the massive  , but low  tech, battery packs in very narrow aisle  forklifts used in high bay  warehouses can be changed in a couple of minutes with a  dedicated  charger / changer   rig ...  massive as in getting on for a tonne if not more  ( a ride-on  electric pallet truck pack is  about 200 kg )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Oct 17 at 9:34pm
Car battery swapping will be automated, drive in, probably something like the automated car washes where you drive onto a chain, get pulled along, old battery out, move further, new battery replaced, drive away when windscreen level with sign
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