NEW TECHNOLOGIES/NEW PRODUCTS forum: Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations

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Steve812
Jun 8, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ
(I moved this portion of a thread from CRUDE OIL/Strategic Petroleum Reserve) because it is more of a discussion on new vehicle usage/technology) cont. here.- Susie

It has always struck me as being a good idea. Still, it is only good for tiding us over through very short disasters.

I am happy to see more and more cars introduced that get between 30 and 40 mpg - both hybrids and turbo-diesel cars. And I predict that in fifty years time, most people will be commuting on some sort of motor scooter.
ImageAguane
Jun 8, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Yes, it's a good idea. I think it's the president's responsibility to manage this for the safety of the nation.

If your prediction is correct, a motor scooter of some sort, I certainly hope that in 50 years the thing will not be powered by fossil fuel. If it is, this entire cubit, the energy policy of the U.S., the desire to move to renewable energy will have failed horribly. God save us if that would be the case.

I would hope that if, as you say, we use motor scooters of some sort they are powered by any OTHER means of propulsion. Solar, battery, fuel cell, and yes, algae. I would hope that the roadway itself becomes a source of energy...
http://www.wimp.com/solarhighways/ as I posted in the SOLAR Forum.

Would these be some scooter type devices you'd foresee?

Harley Davidson, Fat Boy
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Tiny Car
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Segway
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Smart Car

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Steve812
Jun 8, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ
I love that aqua bubble car! Not as something I could ever own, but as something to poke fun at on a boring day.

I'm not entirely sure which of those devices will gain traction (so to speak). But I predict there will be a growing distinction between urban travel and other travel that will be reflected in vehicle, road and parking lot design. It will prove cheaper to have a small vehicle for local travel and a larger one for going farther afield, I would bet. Already, I have seen a local contractor drive his small truck to a job rather than his big truck when he doesn't have much to haul in order to save fuel. I sometimes imagine buying a car like the Prius so that I could still get around town in a serious petroleum dearth by using power from my solar panels. (There's a certain irony to this, of course, which is that I hardly ever go out now, except to buy groceries at the local Fry's or to take in a cultural event downtown, all two minute's drive away.)

My guess is that the urban car will be powered by electricity. Every parking lot will have rechargers, and the plug-in systems will read an RFID device that charges you for the electricity you use to charge your car while it is parked. Of course, the regenerative technology found in the Prius will be commonplace, so when you coast downhill or when you stop, you will be charging the batteries. I also think that the urban commuter transport vehicle that carries just one person (or two) will be increasingly popular.
ImageAguane
Jun 8, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
ECOTALITY in Phoenix --

Electric vehicle recharging stations in Phoenix. We’ve arrived.

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2011/06/06/ecotality...

There are at least 12 electric vehicle recharging stations in Houston and more popping up in all of Texas

2011-06-08/Aguane/ba277c[/lightbox]]http://venturebeat.com/2011/04/08/nrg-electric-vehicle-charg...
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Steve812
Jun 8, 2011 12:57 PM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ
Good move, thanks.

I have been a bit disappointed with the plug-in technology - very nineteenth century it seems to me. I've been expecting some sort of nifty high frequency AC capacitive or inductive method that would allow the charging mechanism to simply touch an appropriate charging area on the car (or vice versa), making automation of the process easier. The car stops in a parking place. It detects a charging receptacle, it deploys an arm, registers for payment, flips open the receptacle cover, charges. Then when the car is ready to leave, it checks out and withdraws the arm - all as it starts up.

But then, nobody asked me.

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