Electric cars

(stella wood) #241

(John Withall) #242

Its better than even that Stella, new tech fuel designed in Scotland to produce electricity means fast refueling.

Which technology will make it first or best between solid state batteries and above tech?

(Guy Marshall) #243
Which technology will make it first or best between solid state batteries and above tech?

That my main problem with shale oil / tar sands etc. With a nice high oil price there’s incentive to explore alternatives. Continues half-arsed pricing (which includes no allowance for replacement cost as we do today) means these valuable initiatives (and others such as organic batteries) may stall which would be a disaster.

(John Scully) #244

The march continues.

(barry Carleton) #245

It seems we are able to convert a fuel driven car to electric in the UK but not in France.
There are garages in France that do conversions but professionally and expensive.
I had the idea of fitting a electric forklift truck motor into our 1994 Fiat Uno with 485,000kms.
the engine is OK but converting it would be environmentally friendly and cheap.

(John Withall) #246

After your last terse post I don’t care to reply as I don’t know what I am talking about.

(John Scully) #247

I’d say pretty well impossible Barry. You’d need to bolt the motor onto the existing gearbox (which it doesn’t need), install a lot of gubbins to control the motor and find somewhere to stick the battery. A forklift does, what, 15KPH max? Even if you overcame the technical challenges you’d never get it road legal.

(John Scully) #248

There are lots of nice charts in the article that show EVs are gaining ground. Especially in China :slight_smile:

(John Scully) #249

This looks as deadly as the rest of their products.

(Bill Morgan) #250

Deadly unattractive/ugly :roll_eyes:

(Chris Kite) #251

More problems for Tesla?

(John Scully) #252

A pal of mine’s Mum has a BWW Isetta when I was a kid. She took the corner into our road too quickly one day and rolled it. She was picking bits of toughend glass out of her skin for days. Here’s the new version…

(barry Carleton) #253


(David Martin) #254

I had a 4 wheel one but it was vandalised before I had a chance to get it in the road.

(John Scully) #255

That’s a pity, it would have been great fun and they’re worth few bob now. https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1958/bmw/isetta/100987145

(Mark Robbins) #256

I see Dyson is getting in on the act too…

(John Withall) #257

Haha, should clean the streets as you motor around.
Showed it to a Dyson engineer this afternoon, He loved it and is looking put it up at the office!

(barry Carleton) #258

You only have to get an electric motor to turn at 3000 rpm and it will deliver motion similar to a liquid fuel engine. A forklift motor would be very powerful and secondhand cheap.
One would need a plate to fit gearbox and motor, very common system which gives flexibility.
The control box uses heavy cables, and metering on the dash, Lithium batteries can go under floor were the fuel tank went.

I saw a conversion on a smaller vehicle using the electric motor which drove the hydraulic pump on a forklift, it was very fast, and had a long range.

(John Scully) #259

(David Martin) #260