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Commented On: Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?


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Building solar panels is not carbon free to be sure, but the next generation of solar panels can be built with energy from the first. So, over time all renewable energy gets cleaner and cleaner and cleaner.

While fossil fuels get dirtier and dirtier and dirtier.

Commented On: Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?


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If you are counting battery production, then you must also include production of the ICE engine. Aluminum takes a *huge* amount of electricity to smelt from bauxite ore.

You must also count regular maintenance - producing the crankcase oil, and the filters, etc. all will add to the carbon footprint of ICE's.

The electricity used to produce gasoline is anywhere between 7.5kWh/gallon and 13kWh/gallon for tar sands bitumen. The Model S can travel between 23 miles and 40 miles on this alone - and none of the gasoline is required. The natural gas used during all this ALSO has electricity and other carbon overhead, too.

The long tailpipe argument is MOOT.

Neil

Commented On: Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras


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I've been using video mirrors for years on my xA, and they have significant advantages, and some disadvantages. Once I clear the ice and snow after a storm, they never get blocked again. Most rain storms are also fine, though occasionally the lens needs wiping clear.

In rain and fog my video mirrors work *much* better than optical mirrors - they give a much clear view. Optical mirrors and the side window fog up and both are covered by water drops, and with glaring headlights, you see basically nothing.

They have saved me significantly on gas, and they are noticeably quieter. Bright sun is the biggest challenge.

Commented On: Tesla Takes The Lead On Dumping Door Mirrors For Video Cameras


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I want to use them, too in CarBEN EV5. I have been using them for years on my xA, but I have to remount the stock mirrors to pass inspection. The thing I hope that Tesla can do (besides getting these accepted) is to correct for barrel distortion.

Video mirrors work very well in the rain, and at dusk. The cameras I have are most tested in bright sunshine, and by headlights - though they do not shine headlights in your eyes.

High(er) resolution cameras with more "f-stops", and larger screens that are powered all the time you are in the car (for seeing out while parking on the street) will negate the weaker aspects, and the stronger points more than make up for them.

I have no blind spots with 120+ degree view. They save lots energy.

Commented On: Electric Car Prototype Can Run 12 Miles On Solar Power Alone


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I think the most important feature of this car is the claimed Cd that is ~30% lower than other similar sized cars. The sides and the roof do appear to be well tapered in the back, and the wheels have smooth and flat rims.

The layout of this car reminds me of the Murray T27.

Commented On: Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2014-2015 Plug-In Car, With Specs


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I would choose the Fit EV - quick and very efficient and it is a compact hatchback.

Or the Model S, of course.

Neil

Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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It looks like it is missing the battery, because the suspension appears to be unloaded.

Neil

Commented On: How We Became An All-Plug-In Electric Car Household


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I agree that the Prius Plugin is weak EV tea - Toyota is holding back. And GM is planning (I hope!) to greatly improve the efficiency of the Volt in hybrid mode.

The Prius has one big advantage (pun intended!) over the Volt: I am 6-4"and my 15yo son is 6'-5"+ and still growing. My family can't fit in the Volt - but the Prius is quite comfortable.

That's why I'm building a 5 seat EV that I hope will have a 300-400 mile range. :)

Neil

Commented On: How We Became An All-Plug-In Electric Car Household


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The Volt is a conundrum - it has significantly better all-electric range than the Prius Plugin, but significantly worse gas mileage when you go beyond that.

An alternative would be to buy another Leaf (or Spark, etc.) and then rent a Prius (or other appropriate vehicle) for longer trips.

I'm preaching to the choir, of course - but maybe someone is listening...

Neil

Commented On: Entrant In World Solar Car Challenge Is 'Family Sedan,' Sort Of


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You are over estimating things - 26 panels fit on a small ~900 sq ft ranch house; with a max output of 6.37kW. That system during the summer produces an average of 27+kWh or just over 1kWh/panel/day.

Neil
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