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Re: [EVDL] "One mm per volt" Battery pack layout guidelines

On 27 Mar 2011 at 11:14, Bill Dube wrote:

> The first arc will spawn plasma daughters to
> other too-close points and away you go.

If you doubt that this can happen, you should read the story of how John
"Plasma Boy" Wayland got his nickname.

http://www.evdl.org/pages/plasmaboy.html

The above still retains quite a bit of the original's color, but it's a much
shortened version and thus a relatively quick read. If it whets your
appetite and you'd like to get all the details (including the recovery from
the near-disaster), you can read John's original, much more detailed account
(8 1/2 single-spaced pages of 10-point type!) here :

http://www.evdl.org/docs/plasmaboy.pdf

I think that at least the short version should be required reading for every
EV hobbyist. An EV battery can produce a stupefying amount of power - in
many cases, about 10 times as much as a typical home's electrical system.
You shouldn't fear that battery, but it demands respect. If John's story
doesn't teach you respect for your EV's battery, nothing will.

David Roden - Akron, Ohio, USA
EVDL Administrator

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