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ROYC75 09:55 PM 11-23-2021
I have no clue if this is correct, shit is over my pay scale but it friggin makes sense. Read on with an open mind!

Got this from my buddy Mark Reed... an interesting take on Electric Cars.

ďAs an engineer I love the electric vehicle technology However, I have been troubled for a longtime by the fact that the electrical energy to keep the batteries charged has to come from the grid, and that means more power generation and a huge increase in the distribution infrastructure. Whether generated from coal, gas, oil, wind or sun, installed generation capacity is limited.

A friend sent me the following that says it very well. You should all take a look at this short article.

IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING A GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES. THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE!

In case you were thinking of buying hybrid or an electric car...

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile of those things has never been discussed. All you ever heard was the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity to run it. This is the first article I've ever seen and it tells the story pretty much as I expected it to.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power things, yet they're being shoved down our throats. Glad somebody finally put engineering and math to paper.

At a neighborhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious.

If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load. So, as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This later "investment" will not be revealed until we're so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an 'OOPS...!' and a shrug.

If you want to argue with a green person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the following. Note: If you ARE a green person, read it anyway. It's enlightening.

Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, "For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine." Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricity.

I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. So the Canadian Government wants loyal Canadians not to do the math, but simply pay twice as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.

WAKE UP NORTH AMERICA!!!!!!!
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Donger 11:06 AM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by mlyonsd:
We built coal plants. Not part time power sources like wind and solar.

If the entire country is going to running electric cars by the time the industry and this administration want them to we better start building an electrical infrastructure that is based on uninterruptible electricity.
Many utilities are building and have built battery farms to overcome the challenges with intermittent generation from solar and wind.
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jd1020 11:10 AM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by DaFace:
How did we handle the increased power needs of homes being built with central AC systems?

If you're worried about buying things from communist countries, you're gonna have a bad time.
HEY!

I am damn proud of my "Made in America with foreign materials" tag!
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Detoxing 11:11 AM 11-24-2021
Hrmmm. If everyone starts driving EV's then maybe my idea of gas scented air fresheners can finally take off!

"Miss the nostalgic smell of a carbureted V8...?"
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BleedingRed 11:19 AM 11-24-2021
EV has great potential there is no doubt. Those advances are mostly coming through private companies.

But power generation and infrastructure will be the keys to making the switch. For security reasons I don't think the military will ever move off fuels etc. Also big ships etc wont, but it will help.

We really need to move off the stigma of nuclear.
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loochy 11:48 AM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by BleedingRed:
E

We really need to move off the stigma of nuclear.

yes yes yes


this would solve soooo many problems
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synthesis2 11:50 AM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by ROYC75:
I have no clue if this is correct, shit is over my pay scale but it friggin makes sense. Read on with an open mind!

Got this from my buddy Mark Reed... an interesting take on Electric Cars.

ďAs an engineer I love the electric vehicle technology However, I have been troubled for a longtime by the fact that the electrical energy to keep the batteries charged has to come from the grid, and that means more power generation and a huge increase in the distribution infrastructure. Whether generated from coal, gas, oil, wind or sun, installed generation capacity is limited.

A friend sent me the following that says it very well. You should all take a look at this short article.

IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING A GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES. THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE!

In case you were thinking of buying hybrid or an electric car...

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile of those things has never been discussed. All you ever heard was the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity to run it. This is the first article I've ever seen and it tells the story pretty much as I expected it to.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power things, yet they're being shoved down our throats. Glad somebody finally put engineering and math to paper.

At a neighborhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious.

If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load. So, as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This later "investment" will not be revealed until we're so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an 'OOPS...!' and a shrug.

If you want to argue with a green person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the following. Note: If you ARE a green person, read it anyway. It's enlightening.

Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, "For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine." Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricity.

I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. So the Canadian Government wants loyal Canadians not to do the math, but simply pay twice as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.

WAKE UP NORTH AMERICA!!!!!!!


Ok, I get your take but you may or may not know this.. We have a Tesla and here is what happens.

1) we have to pay an extra tax because its an electric car to pay for roads, repairs etc.

2) We have solar so it does not take any extra from the grid, basically is self sufficient because of solar.

3) its much cleaner for the environment

So WAKE UP!!! read or talk to people about something you don't know about unless you have one...
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loochy 11:53 AM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by synthesis2:

So WAKE UP!!! read or talk to people about something you don't know about unless you have one...

dude it was a copy/paste from AOL
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Bearcat 11:57 AM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by Detoxing:
Hrmmm. If everyone starts driving EV's then maybe my idea of gas scented air fresheners can finally take off!

"Miss the nostalgic smell of a carbureted V8...?"
That would go nice with BMW's Active Sound Design so you can hear fake engine noise while smelling fake gas.
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Detoxing 12:01 PM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by Bearcat:
That would go nice with BMW's Active Sound Design so you can hear fake engine noise while smelling fake gas.
Brilliant.

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HemiEd 12:04 PM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by Detoxing:
Hrmmm. If everyone starts driving EV's then maybe my idea of gas scented air fresheners can finally take off!

"Miss the nostalgic smell of a carbureted V8...?"
:-)

How about a playing card in the spokes too, or some similar noise maker?

It would possibly help people notice you in parking lots and not walk out in front of you.

We have actually experienced that problem with our hybrid in parking lots. I am guessing DeFace has some stories like that.
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ChiefGator 12:23 PM 11-24-2021
Yeah, didn't they add outward facing speakers in some hybrid cars just to make noise so people notice them?
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chiefzilla1501 12:28 PM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by scho63:
How many of you own and all-electric or hybrid?
The individual market will grow when it becomes less expensive and charging infrastructure more accessible. That will come with scale.

That scale wonít come quickly for passenger vehicles. But thatís not the prize right now. The scale will come from commercial EV. Youíve got a lot of big business highly motivated to use EV and driverless.
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mac459 12:30 PM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by HemiEd:
:-)

How about a playing card in the spokes too, or some similar noise maker?

It would possibly help people notice you in parking lots and not walk out in front of you.

We have actually experienced that problem with our hybrid in parking lots. I am guessing DeFace has some stories like that.
Record an old V8 with the choppy idle then strap a few load speakers to a push bar. Play loud motor noises, if people still donít move, push bar protects your grill.
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yellowfin13x 12:38 PM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by scho63:
How many of you own and all-electric or hybrid?
2021 Tesla Model 3 LRP I am a repub and don't hate electric cars.
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Holladay 12:59 PM 11-24-2021
Originally Posted by :
NASA is wanting to build a nuclear reactor on the moon, an idea which is 40 years overdue:

https://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-is...or-on-the-moon

This one will just power lunar operations, but they should build a huge one, and also solar panels, and pipe those gigawatts back to earth. The energy problem is solved and the arabs will go back to their bedouin lifestyle and we'll have peace on earth and power for all.
What kinda pipe? A cable like the ones under the oceans? j/k Would be cool tho.

I am glad this didn't go to DC. There is a lot of quality info to think about and not much politics involved:-)

I think the bottom line, there is no easy answer at this time. It is a complicated issue with a lot of moving parts. As mentioned, time will tell.
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