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Originally posted by Karlhungis
Right now it just feels like the electric cars are only a carrot being dangled in front of our faces to make us feel like progress is being made. I can't think of a single affordable electric car right now. One came out for 25k but that is a pretty absurd price to pay for something that will only go 110 miles/charge and only 65mph.
The tech being used in the cars doesn't seem new at all. We hear of reports of huge strides being made in alternative energy like solar collection, yet these cars don't use it. We hear about strides being made in batteries as well (Japanese Pee battery comes to mind www.reghardware.co.uk...) yet, these still use old tech toxic batteries. The environmental toll of these cars is higher than a standard fuel burning car.
I am jaded and feel like we are all being taken for a ride.
Originally posted by bgaty
reply to post by Apex Predator
I've heard of that too how great would that be if it was available on a wide scale. Like someone said before what about the danger of crashing when its made of such lightweight materials. Unless it was made of carbon fiber or something sturdy of that sort i woudn't want to have anything to do with that. I just cant see how car companies haven't slowly started applying batteries to cars to make something like the upcoming chevy volt. I know our technology now is somewhat limited, but im sure they could put in enough batteries to run a car 30 miles and then revert back to a normal gas engine. I cant remember where i heard this but i remember somewhere saying that most americans only dive 30 miles a day or something low like that. That woudn't really help the commuters, but at least its a start.
Originally posted by Apex Predator
reply to post by bgaty
In the videos of the aircar, it says the frames (and engine) are made of aluminum (or aluminium for my Briton and Aussie cousins) because of the weight factor. I guess it would be ok if everyone drove aircars because aluminum vs aluminum is better than aluminum vs cold hard steel. And as another poster stated, looking at the prototypes I don't think an aircar is for me at this moment, lots of glass and plastic. But, I think the tech has potential. Add some sort of alternator to charge a battery cell for an electric engine and then in turn have the electric engine run a compressor to "refill" the air tanks and you'd never have to pay for a fill up again. Of course I know the technology at this point in time is incapable (as far as I know) of doing that efficiently. But if you combine different technologies you might have something here. Air power and what? maybe a solar panel to charge the fuel cell, then the electric engine and the solar panel runs a compressor? I'm sure right now you would have to still replace the tanks with freshly filled ones but it sure would make a dent in the amount of time between refills. What do you guys think?