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  #2374289 12-Dec-2019 15:22
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NzBeagle:

 

Much better than GPS based tech that has been implemented in the past.

 

 

 

 

There's already been a proof of concept showing that they can be fooled. The researchers rapidly flashed up speed signs - missed or ignored by the humans but read by the car. Hec, if you just wanted to create havoc you could put up a permanent fake one. I'm sick of all the idiots driving down my street at 100km/hr ... puts up a 10 speed sign ...





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  #2377176 17-Dec-2019 17:45
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EV battery health

 

https://electrek.co/2019/12/14/8-lessons-about-ev-battery-health-from-6300-electric-cars/ 

 

Slightly old article but interesting stats

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2377224 17-Dec-2019 17:56
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Also interesting comments at bottom re charging rate degradation


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  #2377672 18-Dec-2019 12:27
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This video is interesting on cybertruck. From 10:00 onwards

 

 


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  #2377761 18-Dec-2019 13:16
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maxeon:

This video is interesting on cybertruck. From 10:00 onwards


 





The speaker has a vested interest in CyberTruck succeeding.

I'd like all EV's to succeed, though I must admit I prefer cars made for urban driving.

Regarding the CyberTruck, I was more impressed at the launch, but when I saw Musk driving one around in LA, I noticed that it is big. See picture above for a comparison to a Ford F150.

I'd recommend before anyone puts down a deposit in NZ, go to a truck dealer and test drive a Ford F150. Park it in your home garage. Pull into a city parking garage, and drive to the top floor and park (if you leave immediately is should be free.) Try a U turn on a narrow 2 lane road.

Then if you're happy with the experience with living with a full-size truck, put down a deposit.

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  #2377880 18-Dec-2019 17:06
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Why Don't We Have Self-Driving Cars Yet?

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Although many new cars feature technology that partially assists with driving, we still do not have fully self-driving cars available for purchase. In addition to perfecting the technology required for them, there are a number of other factors standing in the way. They include poor road infrastructure, the communication systems needed to connect these cars with one another, and the additional traffic laws needed to regulate these vehicles


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  #2379031 20-Dec-2019 09:34
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Summary: Prius has been very reliable and economical, which is why it's popular with ride-share drivers.

He loves Generation 3, but hates the latest generation including Prius Prime

Problems to Look Out for When Buying a Used Toyota Prius

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Greg _Your Car Angel shows you everything you need to know and problems to look out for when buying a used Toyota Prius.

Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 3, and Gen 4 are all discussed with problem areas explained.

From headlight problems to piston ring problems in the 2010 model Greg makes sure you understand the areas of concern .

Generally high quality the Prius has some defects year by year. through each generation.

The Honda Insight is also mentioned.


 
 
 
 


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  #2379063 20-Dec-2019 10:39
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kingdragonfly: Summary: Prius has been very reliable and economical, which is why it's popular with ride-share drivers.

He loves Generation 3, but hates the latest generation including Prius Prime

Problems to Look Out for When Buying a Used Toyota Prius


The Priius (or any hybrid) isn't an EV unless you can plug it in and drive without petrol.

NZ government policy doesn't consider non-pluggable cars to be EVs.

The Priius Prime is a pluggable.....so it is effectively the only EV Toyota sell.





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  #2379067 20-Dec-2019 10:51
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Linuxluver:

 

The Priius (or any hybrid) isn't an EV unless you can plug it in and drive without petrol.

NZ government policy doesn't consider non-pluggable cars to be EVs.

The Priius Prime is a pluggable.....so it is effectively the only EV Toyota sell.

 

 

Personally I don't consider anything that has a petrol tank to be a true EV


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  #2379235 20-Dec-2019 15:43
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Obraik:

 

Linuxluver:

 

The Prius Prime is a pluggable.....so it is effectively the only EV Toyota sell.

 

 

Personally I don't consider anything that has a petrol tank to be a true EV

 

 

Will have to see what is around of used Model 3s when the RAV4 Prime comes out. At the moment it seems like a car that would allow me to drive on electric 99% of the time, and allow for long drives when needed.

 

Lexus is coming out with a pure EV, so probably laying the ground for future Toyota EVs.

 

Disappointing that Toyota is so far behind.

 

Agree that pluggable hybrids are not true EVs.


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  #2379254 20-Dec-2019 16:17
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Obraik:

 

Linuxluver:

 

The Priius (or any hybrid) isn't an EV unless you can plug it in and drive without petrol.

NZ government policy doesn't consider non-pluggable cars to be EVs.

The Priius Prime is a pluggable.....so it is effectively the only EV Toyota sell.

 

 

Personally I don't consider anything that has a petrol tank to be a true EV

 

 

I feel it's down to how the wheels are driven, so I would include vehicles with Range Extenders, although understand these aren't ideal.


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  #2379369 20-Dec-2019 20:11
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The Porsche Taycan's Range Is Embarrassing - But That's Okay

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  #2379373 20-Dec-2019 20:21
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I turned my Tesla model 3 into a pickup truck

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  #2379377 20-Dec-2019 20:50
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Possibly will not see an "I turned my Porsche Taycan into a pickup truck" video anytime soon?


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IBM's lithium battery uses seawater materials instead of heavy metals

New Atlas By Nick Lavars

Lithium-ion batteries are seen as a vital technology in our pursuit of sustainable energy, but there is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to their impact on the Earth. The construction of these devices involves sourcing of heavy metals like cobalt, which are expensive and come at significant environmental and humanitarian cost. IBM has this week unveiled a new battery that relies on materials from seawater instead, with its early testing suggesting these components might not mean a compromise in performance, either.

There is a considerable interest in developing alternatives to the heavy metals, such as cobalt and nickel, used in lithium-ion batteries. Cobalt, in particular, has increasingly come under fire of late, with a 2016 investigation by The Washington Post shining a light on the child labor being used in the cobalt mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just this week, a lawsuit was filed against Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla on behalf of 14 Congolese families, whose children were killed or permanently injured while illegally mining the material for use in their products.

Aside from the immediate dangers of cobalt mining in Africa, these operations have also been blamed for devastating landscapes, polluting water supplies, ruining crops and degrading soil.

IBM’s battery doesn’t involve cobalt or nickel, materials that would be used in the cathode component of a typical lithium-ion battery. Its researchers have instead made use of three materials that can be extracted from seawater (though they haven't divulged the names of these ingredients), and added a new type of liquid electrolyte.
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