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frankv
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  #2198843 15-Mar-2019 16:05
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Model S Turbo-Diesel. ;)

 

 

 

 


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  #2202230 20-Mar-2019 09:24
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Here's a niche car.

Personally I'm waiting for an EV that is fully autonomous with a bed :)

https://newatlas.com/twike-5-pedal-assist-car/58899/

"The shift to electric will open up all sorts of new vehicle categories – and we found this one super interesting.

The Twike 5 is kind of like a pedal-assist ebike, except it's a fully enclosed car capable of 190 KPH speeds and 500 KM range figures while letting you sneak in a bit of exercise." for NZD $83,000

 
 
 
 


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  #2203501 22-Mar-2019 17:35
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Battery and Hydrogen Electric Cars Once Shared The Same Problems - But Here's Why Batteries Won Out

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"At one point not so long ago, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric cars were both faced with massive challenges in their race to become the chosen alternative to fossil fuels. What's more, those challenges were pretty similar, and both battery electric and hydrogen electric vehicles had poor infrastructure, were expensive to buy, and required car owners to do something different to fill up.

Battery electric vehicles have, for the most part, solved their problems. But hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are still stuck with some pretty big challenges.

Here's what they are, why battery electric vehicles won out, and what hope Hydrogen has in the future of at least becoming an alternative to battery electric as diesel is to gasoline."


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  #2204324 24-Mar-2019 15:42
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10 fastest EV cars in the world




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  #2204380 24-Mar-2019 19:33
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So here's a cool story: In 2017, Nidec launched an integrated motor system (e-axle). Then in 201 they announced they'd refined it and then a couple of months later, they announced a deal with PSA. 

 

It looks like that deal is now starting to bear fruit. The new 208 has an electric version which will be good for 300km. This kinda feels like the tipping point for both form factor and price.

 

https://www.goodwood.com/grr/road/news/2019/2/meet-the-all-new-peugeot-208/


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  #2205273 26-Mar-2019 20:04
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Here's a head-scratching story. Texas is building a large solar farm and world's biggest battery (wait for it) to power oil and gas drilling.

At 495 megawatts, project is "five times" bigger than others.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-13/texas-may-get-a-new-boast-amid-plans-for-world-s-largest-battery
World's Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas Oil Country
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By Chris Martin

The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country.

The 495-megawatt storage system would be built in tandem with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., which operates most of the state’s grid, posted the details in a chart that shows the state’s battery storage will surge more than sixfold to 584 megawatts when the projects are completed in 2021.

Bigger batteries are being developed to help make the electricity produced through solar and wind power more efficient, even when the sun goes down and it gets less breezy. Recent battery-backed solar projects have, at most, 100 megawatts of panels and 30 megawatts of storage, said Yayoi Sekine, an analyst at BloombergNEF.

"This would be about five times that,” Sekine said in an interview.

The project underscores how Big Oil’s demand for power in the fossil fuels-rich Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico is, in a twist, boosting the case for renewable energy. Texas’s power grid operator has stressed the need for more electricity resources in the region to power oil and gas drilling operations.

IP Juno, a unit of San Francisco-based Intersect Power LLC, outlined plans to build a 400-megawatt solar facility by the second quarter of 2021 in Borden County, according to an application concerning its state property taxes. Intersect Power didn’t return calls and emails for comment.

Borden County, with a population of less than 700, is located within the oil-rich Permian Basin, is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Lubbock.

Vistra Energy Corp. just completed what’s now the the largest battery storage facility in Texas with a 10-megawatt system connected to a solar farm. It’s also planning a project at the Moss Landing power plant in California, which will store 300 megawatts for as long as four hours when completed next year.

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  #2205463 27-Mar-2019 07:46
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kingdragonfly: Here's a head-scratching story. Texas is building a large solar farm and world's biggest battery (wait for it) to power oil and gas drilling.

 

 

 

Goddamnit Texas...!!!





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  #2205509 27-Mar-2019 10:09
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For those interested, Car Advice (Australia) have done a video comparing the Hyundai Ioniq range.

 

They've driven back to back to back the Hybrid, PHEV and full EV

 

 

The website also has the written review as well as the video, link below

 

https://www.caradvice.com.au/724525/2019-hyundai-ioniq-range-review/

 

 


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  #2205513 27-Mar-2019 10:17
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My understanding is that public charging in Aus is borderline non-existent when compared to NZ.


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  #2205516 27-Mar-2019 10:23
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GV27:

 

My understanding is that public charging in Aus is borderline non-existent when compared to NZ.

 

 

 

 

Yes, the PlugShare map is a wasteland compared to New Zealand. As important as it is to me, I would not contemplate a short-range EV in Australia. Especially not in summer with the A/C blasting. I would definitely want at least a 60kWh-class car over there.





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  #2205550 27-Mar-2019 11:34
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I was recently in Australia and caught a program where reviewed latest Hyundai Ionic series of cars. Showed petrol, hybrid, electric.

Reviewer thought the pure electric version was the one to go for mentioning how few km most people actually drive.

Was surprised as I had impression Australia was a bit anti EV with low uptake and poorer charging infrastructure.

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  #2205553 27-Mar-2019 11:36
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afe66: I was recently in Australia and caught a program where reviewed latest Hyundai Ionic series of cars. Showed petrol, hybrid, electric.

Reviewer thought the pure electric version was the one to go for mentioning how few km most people actually drive.

Was surprised as I had impression Australia was a bit anti EV with low uptake and poorer charging infrastructure.

 

Problem with Australia is there lack of incentives to buy EV, infact they slap you with luxury car tax if you go over a threshold of buying price. 


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  #2205560 27-Mar-2019 11:45
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After watching the video this morning, I'd have to say, if i were in the market, i'd be excluding the Ioniq from my shortlist

 

Price of the Pure EV is considerable, and a EV doesn't fit with how we use a vehicle, and current living arrangements.

 

The Ioniq PHEV could be a good first step, but I'm sorry Hyundai, fitting a Foot Park Brake is just plain awful in this day and age. If you can fit a electric park brake to the full electric model, why isn't this standard across the range?


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  #2205576 27-Mar-2019 11:50
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maxeon:

 

afe66: I was recently in Australia and caught a program where reviewed latest Hyundai Ionic series of cars. Showed petrol, hybrid, electric.

Reviewer thought the pure electric version was the one to go for mentioning how few km most people actually drive.

Was surprised as I had impression Australia was a bit anti EV with low uptake and poorer charging infrastructure.

 

Problem with Australia is there lack of incentives to buy EV, infact they slap you with luxury car tax if you go over a threshold of buying price. 

 

 

NZ has pretty much no major incentives either (RUC exclusion aside) , The biggest difference is that importing used vehicles to NZ is pretty easy.... (so over half the NZ EV fleet are 2nd hand Leafs)...

 

In OZ its pretty damned hard to import a used vehicle ..


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  #2205577 27-Mar-2019 11:54
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I see a lot of KONA EV's on the road for the past 1 month, anyone tried it? 


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