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  Reply # 1670103 13-Nov-2016 16:14
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frankv:

shk292:


2016 is a breakaway year in climate heating....and next year may be the same or worse. Probably worse.  




And that is why Trump got elected


Sorry, I don't see the connection. Trump is a climate-change denier.


 


My reference was to the whole post, not just the sentence you quoted
The/a reason Trump was elected was because there is a large body of people who are sick of being told what to think, what they can say, what car they should drive, how fast they can drive it, what shower head they can use etc etc etc. Trump seems to say that he will be more liberal than the "Liberals", and base his policies on what he perceives to be best for his country, not what some mathematical model predicts what might happen.
Ps I think he's an idiot but I sort of see his point, and that of the people who voted him in

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  Reply # 1670469 14-Nov-2016 09:49
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Kiwifan:

I love the right on red rule

 

 

 

 

The LTOR (Left turn on Red) was trialled a few decades ago, in Northcote, AKL. Epic fail. Unable to comprehend that to use the LTOR that you must STOP. Look for traffic on Right, and traffic coming from the road across the other side of the intersection and turning right.

 

It may have been a bit more successful if those turning right properly turned into the lane closest to the centre line, rather than swinging into the leftmost lane.

 

So many drivers seem to forget that when turning right into a multi-lane road, you must take the lane closest to you, and not swing into the leftmost lane.





My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1670964 14-Nov-2016 19:39
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Kiwifan:

I love the right on red rule



 


The LTOR (Left turn on Red) was trialled a few decades ago, in Northcote, AKL. Epic fail. Unable to comprehend that to use the LTOR that you must STOP. Look for traffic on Right, and traffic coming from the road across the other side of the intersection and turning right.


It may have been a bit more successful if those turning right properly turned into the lane closest to the centre line, rather than swinging into the leftmost lane.


So many drivers seem to forget that when turning right into a multi-lane road, you must take the lane closest to you, and not swing into the leftmost lane.



Not quite right, you're supposed to take the SAME lane as the one you're in, so when turning left from a multiple left turn Road, the lane should be the same throughout the turn, or we'd all end up trying to squeeze into the left hand lane!

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SepticSceptic:

 

The LTOR (Left turn on Red) was trialled a few decades ago, in Northcote, AKL. Epic fail. Unable to comprehend that to use the LTOR that you must STOP. Look for traffic on Right, and traffic coming from the road across the other side of the intersection and turning right.

 

 

There seems to be a trial of "keep going on red" on the North Shore at present, a lot of drivers seem to have got the hang of that one


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  Reply # 1671093 15-Nov-2016 09:00
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MikeB4: Too many drivers read the 100k limit as 110-115k the same drivers will now see 110 as 120-125k and apply it to all roads and all conditions and also see as the minimum speed.

 

Are you saying that many drivers can't determine the right speed to drive depending on the conditions?

 

 

 

 

If he isn't then I certainly am.


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  Reply # 1671097 15-Nov-2016 09:07
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WyleECoyoteNZ: If the limit of these roads is to increase, then NZTA would\should introduce some etiquette rules for these stretches of road, e.g. the fast lane (right lane) is for the top limit (e.g. 110km/h). If you're not comfortable, or your vehicle is not capable, of those speeds,  then stay in the left lane. Sure, if you need to exit the expressway\motorway and the exit is from the right lane (highly unlikely), then move to that lane, when safe to do so, before the exit, don't trundle along in fast lane doing 95km/h 5km before the exit. Of course, all this assumes the conditions permit the top limit to be reached and driven at. 

 

This is an example of part of the mindset that contributes to the wider driving problem on NZ roads. There is no fast lane, all lanes are set with an equal speed. People driving slower than the general flow of traffic in the right-hand lane of a multi-lane road, and holding other traffic up, is just a sign of the contempt most people have not only for simple rules but also those around them. It's nothing but arrogance and self-centricity, a bit like as described in this thread. It goes hand-in-hand with the parts of the mindset in which people think they can drive at whatever speed they like, dive across three motorway lanes to take an exit ramp, not bother using indicators (esp at roundabouts) etc. I blame the liberals laughing

 

 

Literally, no there isn't a fast lane, but by rights, and when the keep left unless overtaking rule is applied it is a fast lane.

 

 


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  Reply # 1671118 15-Nov-2016 09:24
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WyleECoyoteNZ:

 

I, for one, welcome the change.

 

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/speed-limit-will-rise-to-110-on-some-roads-govt-announces/

 

As long as the weather conditions permit.

 

 

Higher speeds result in higher CO2 emissions. The curve rises steeply after 90kph. Clearly this government just doesn't care. 

 

They could reduce CO2 emissions from transport significantly via a 90kph speed limit rigorously enforced......and at the same time lower the death toll on the roads for no cost at all.

 

Traffic in congested areas actually flows better if it's moving slower....and with fewer accidents. 

 

They just don't care. 

 

I'd make it a lane where EVs can go 110 kph...while ICE (internal combustion engines) vehicles are fitted with speed governors that prevent them from going over 90kph. To ensure compliance they would have GPS logs tracking their actual speeds.  ICE cars would be off the roads by 2030. 

 

The world is heating up much faster than even the pessimistic projections., starting at the top and bottom, but mainly the top. Our government has its head up its backside......and most of the public remain blissfully unaware of the disaster accumulating 'out there'. The Arctic ocean will likely be ice free in the next year or two. The "old ice" is almost all gone. Now all they are seeing is the new ice formed each year...and this year it's way behind schedule.

 

2016 is a breakaway year in climate heating....and next year may be the same or worse. Probably worse.  

 

 

 

 

Are EV more efficient at 110km/h or do they still use more resources? You know like the coal that produces the electricity they run on?


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  Reply # 1671462 15-Nov-2016 16:35
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Are EV more efficient at 110km/h or do they still use more resources? You know like the coal that produces the electricity they run on?

 

 

In simple terms, aerodynamic drag (which is mostly what you're using power from your engine to overcome when you're driving at highway speeds) increases with the square of the speed. So 110kph is about 21% less economical than 100kph. Internal Combustion engines run more efficiently at wider open throttle settings, which tends to offset that. AFAIK, there's no increase in efficiency with rotational speed of an electric motor, so I'd say an EV would use 21% more battery power (i.e. resources) at 110kph than 100kph.

 

Assuming that all the energy for EVs comes from coal certainly isn't true in NZ. If you have lots of solar cells, and a way of getting that energy to your car (e.g. Solar Wall or similar) then all you would lose would be the income you could have got by selling the extra energy back to the power company.

 

 


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  Reply # 1671591 15-Nov-2016 21:31
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Are EV more efficient at 110km/h or do they still use more resources? You know like the coal that produces the electricity they run on?

 

 

NZ is 83% renewable power at any time of the day - minimum....and often over 90% renewable, so EVs makes good sense in NZ. 

 

That said....even if 100% of the power came from coal, you STILL aren't adding the 220g / km the average car releases by burning petrol.

 

This is one of the reasons Tesla and others have explicitly linked EV power with home solar power generation (and storage -> Telsa powerwall).  

All together, they make a powerful case for burning less coal to make less power because you're making it at home...and storing it for later when you'll need it. 

Ultimately this will be what people do at home and what power utilities large and small (co-ops?) will do at neighbourhood / apartment building level. 

 

The EVs are just part of the power generation and storage ecosystem already available now.....and it's getting cheaper month by month as new technologies emerge at all levels. EVs can also be part of the powerwall setup at home. An EV with a 60kw battery could power the average home for a  day or two.....if there was benefit in that. 

 

The genie is out of the bottle on this one. 





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  Reply # 1671933 16-Nov-2016 12:41
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BUT by driving an EV at 110km/h vs. 90km/h you are currently increasing the carbon footprint, so doesn't make a rule for EV's to travel at 110kim/h but no one else seem a little selfish?


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  Reply # 1852088 24-Aug-2017 19:54
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I, for one, welcome the change.


http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/speed-limit-will-rise-to-110-on-some-roads-govt-announces/


As long as the weather conditions permit.



It's a useful measure of how serious the government is about climate change and reducing emissions.

Not very.

Above 80kph drag increases exponentially. So going from 100kph to 110 increases emissions and does so out of proportion to the increase in speed.

But that's just CO2.

Diesel emissions are actually cancer causers and the government is apparently happy to increase those, too

I can't vote for these clowns.

I can happily do 110kph in my electric car, but the next one is going to have Bioweapon Defense Mode to filter out all the diesel exhaust from my air intake. It's really bad out there some days...




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  Reply # 1852090 24-Aug-2017 19:56
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I've always wondered what 110 kph feels like. Finally, I'll get to find out. tongue-out


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  Reply # 1852096 24-Aug-2017 20:04
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I've always wondered what 110 kph feels like. Finally, I'll get to find out. tongue-out

 

 

LOL you can now find out what 120 feels like





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  Reply # 1852098 24-Aug-2017 20:11
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Yeah... wink

 

There's a video on YouTube of a Bugatti Chiron passing another car going about 360 kph. The other car looks like it ain't even moving.


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