US project seeks to make the family car a cash cow

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    mscriv

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    Very interesting concept here.
     
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    niuniu

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    That's looks pretty awesome at first glance, hopefully it holds up and turns into something useful :)
     
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    I saw the thread title and thought, wtf, the family car is already a cash cow. Just not for the families who own one.
     
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    Great..... Park your car on Friday with a full tank of gas, full battery.... go to work on Monday and find you have to fill up the tank on the way to work. :rolleyes:
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. Unless your car is able to cheaply (and cleanly) generate it's own power, I don't really see the point.
     
  6. macrumors member

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    So your car battery acts as a temporary provider of electricity when power spikes occur? What about gas, hydroelectric, nuclear: they all presumably can increase or decrease power quite quickly. The battery efficiency is not 100% so there will be some wastage. Where I live in the evening in winter, hot water cylinders are turned off - this smooths out the 6-9pm peak as people are cooking dinner.
     
  7. Guest

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    What?!? They've got enough problems trying to get electric cars have a decent range as it is, let alone wasting time trying to get them to have excess energy. This is almost as silly as the fools wanting to put a sound on electric cars (so pedestrians can hear them), but making suggestions like using the sound of cows mooing, birds, and breeze through trees. :rolleyes:
     
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    The best solution would be to wire the wheel your hamsters / mice run in up a generator linked back into the electricity supply the mains supply. That way when they run all day in the wheel they are uploading electricity for you. :)

    Even better, get a bigger version and get the kids to run in it during the evenings and school holidays. ;)
     

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