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Commented On: Yes, Combustion Engines Will Be With Us For Decades; However...


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If you put aside the snarky tone Kavanaugh, admits that
Hybrids will continue growing and that gas engines will be
getting smaller. Well as that trend continues, there will be
the break out point where, it makes more sense to go over on
an battery alone. I perosnally believe the synergy between Solar PV and
EV cars will have a virtous cycle. I will predict this in 5 years Kavanaugh
will be writing articles about the 50 models of Hybrid cars and the broad range of EVs available.

Commented On: Elon Musk's Hyperloop: 30 Minutes In Windowless 800-MPH Pod?


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why not instead of pushing air under the cars,have crossover pipes between the tubes and fast acting valves with fans behind them, the crossovers will let you double the area of the tube while not needing as much car complexity.

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


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its possible to have several cameras around the car and synthetically merge the visual sources.

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


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it would be possible to make the mirrors vestigal with a small round convex mirror and the camera mounted just below that. they would be much smaller and serve as a emergency backup, in case the camera goes down.

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


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I had thought that up maybe 10 years ago, but didn't think it would ever get through the regulatory process plus, selling a car manufacturer on the idea isn't easy and I figured it had to have been thought of by dozens of people.

I'm just happy it's finally getting implemented.

Commented On: 2011-2012 Zero Electric Motorcycles Recalled For Corroding Brake Bolts


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sounds like a minor recall. They could also send replacement bolts to the owners.

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


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"In this case, the story notes, the car no longer runs because a no-longer-available GM part broke after it was put back on the road by university students seeking to build an autonomous electric delivery vehicle."

so make a new part. JFC, it's a university full of bright kids, figure out either how to build a replacement or design a functional equivalent.

Dang.

Commented On: Life With Tesla Model S: Owner's Report After 5,000 Miles


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now i want to qualify, i'm just speculating, i don't work there, or know much about the details, so, don't cite me as "Authority"

Commented On: Life With Tesla Model S: Owner's Report After 5,000 Miles


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there would appear to be 2 approaches.

1) Replace the computer components with low drain chips from mobile apps thinks like the STRONGARM or Dragonball

2) see if they can wirein a hard shutdown line, and let owners choose to hard sleep the car, but accept a reboot process when they come back.

Commented On: Life With Tesla Model S: Owner's Report After 5,000 Miles


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the vampire seems to average 200 watts/hr, which is either
the draw from the main computer or some cooling pumps and
the accessory bus.

Now there are some 'idle' loads that are hard to avoid, even a 1970 model car, would pull some power for the clock or an alarm system.

So lets say the problem is the pumps, part of it may be adjustable by where you park the car. If you park it in an insulated garage, it may stabilize temperature to an acceptable limit.

Part of it may be by adjusting the battery conditioning measures. Tesla may figure out that the batteries don't need as much babying as they think, or over time, they may redesign the batteries to cool passively
when they are charging at low rate or sitting.

If it's all in the computer
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