[FoRK] Redox battery for EVs is recharged in minutes through electrolyte exchange

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Oct 22 20:19:23 PDT 2009


Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
> --- On Thu, 10/22/09, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
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>> I estimate that switching to this remarkable new mode of transportation
>> could save anywhere from 10 - 90% of the United State's oil
>> consumption in the transport sector.
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> The capex alone for the infrastructure build for any significant portion of the continent would be outrageous. Who foots that bill? 
>
> Then add in the resource cost (the real costs that never get included in the capex) for the infrastructure. You would have to reduce energy consumption for the distances traveled per capita into the negative just to break even.
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> One solution to vehicle energy consumption - speaking of wild ideas - is just stop building cars. Roughly half the energy consumption of any new vehicle is incurred before it rolls a wheel off the dealer's lot.
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Good point.

Or design and build them a lot better.  More modular, possible to 
upgrade, renovate, convert means lasting much longer.  Sports car during 
the week, minivan on weekends, pick up truck, air car for the beach...

Automated vehicles can help with a lot of this.  The rental shows up 
just when you need it.

Stephen
>          ...ken...
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