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Why an SUV and an EV make the perfect combination.

Posted 02-03-2009 at 02:08 PM by mattW
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Many people seem to think that EV enthusiasts want everyone to drive a generic efficient car and lose their individuality and hobbies. What they don't think about is how having an electric car would actually benefit their recreation time. That's right having an electric car can actually make your SUV better and I don't just mean better in the nerdy 'more efficient' kind of way, I mean better in the world-conquering, give-me-a-mountain-and-I'll-show-it-who's-boss kind of way.

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Green Cars Part 3- Hydrogen

Posted 02-03-2009 at 02:14 PM by mattW

The more I delve into this topic the more detail I want to address, so rather than cover all three energy storage options in this post Iíve decided to give a more detailed look at hydrogen. Keep a look out for a look at compressed air and battery electric in the next two weeks. Hydrogen is the darling of the media, car manufacturers and oil companies alike. The general public seems fairly convinced that hydrogen vehicles are going to be the way of the future and a simple replacement for oil. Just...
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Why I'm not an Environmentalist

Posted 02-03-2009 at 02:17 PM by mattW

My concern for the environment started when earth, fire, wind, water and heart combined to fight the forces of corporate greed and irresponsibility. Yes, Captain Planet was my hero. Iíve had quite a lot of greening influences in my life, from cartoons, to a kidís solar experimentation kit, to my friendís parentís weird composting toilet. Iíve developed quite an awareness of global environment issues, especially to do with energy and I think make a decent effort to change my lifestyle in order to...
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Lithium vs Lead; the Great Cost Debate.

Posted 02-03-2009 at 02:21 PM by mattW

I've decided to try and work out the cost comparisons for a Lithium pack vs a Lead pack for a set range and a set number of years. Is Lead Acid actually cheaper or does is just seem that way up front? This article aims to find that out. The method is to get 10kWh of usable energy, Iíll try to get that with Lead and with Lithium and see what we find is cheaper in the long run. Assuming an efficiency of 250Wh per mile (a compact car) we should get a range of 40 miles (65km) with either pack. Iíll...
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Elixxer - An Electric Motorcycle is Born

Posted 02-03-2009 at 02:32 PM by mattW

I have been researching Electric Cars since September last year, in that time period I have gone through many plans and thrashed out many budgets as I worked out how a student could make a satisfactory EV. I have planned an RX7, CRX or Civic and pick-up conversion, even to the point of being outbid on eBay for a donor. I started my own mini EV project as documented on this Blog, but since it was going to be just a toy, that I couldnít fit in and didnít feel comfortable giving away without testing,...
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