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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mscriv, Feb 19, 2010.
Very interesting concept here.
That's looks pretty awesome at first glance, hopefully it holds up and turns into something useful
I saw the thread title and thought, wtf, the family car is already a cash cow. Just not for the families who own one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Better solution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRbYkJ6h62A
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.