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      04-13-2011, 06:57 PM   #23
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+1, but all this to save the energy it takes to flip a switch???
I totally agree. Why start a partnership with Siemens so lazy people can park their car and never think about it again? I would prefer they consult the energy giant on the electrical issues that happen at about 80 - 100k on their cars...

but seriously, if you are trying to make electric cars seem practical - why not pitch the quality they already have - the freedom to avoid gas stations and $X gasoline / diesel.

I can't image a garage unit like this (or will they only sell it as a full carport) selling for less than $1000, especially if two companies are seeking a profit in it.
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      04-13-2011, 09:38 PM   #24
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My toothbrush works off of inductive charging. I have no clue how efficient it is.

I like that BMW, always the innovator, is innovating (or I wouldn't be foaming at the mouth trying to get the forced induction "oh-it's-not-really-a-true-M-car-because-it's-not-NA" 1SMC!), but I think what's missing in the equation with all of this electrical transport is that it's really *not* "clean" energy.

On the other end of the equation, chances are the electricity is being derived, to varying degrees, from fossil fuels or nuclear energy. Until the generation of current is completely based on renewable sources (solar/wind) then the whole discussion about electrical vehicles being "clean" is pointless. All that these new "hybrid/electric" systems are doing is increasing efficiency of existing systems. What's also not factored in is the environmental detriment that this system would incur (sourcing the raw materials, manufacturing the magnets, re-paving countless miles/kilometres etc.).

Other than that...swell idea. And, no, I don't work for Greenpeace, or BP get the picture.

If we want clean, we should be harnessing solar/wind to lyse water into hydrogen for fuel cells, or direct charge via solar to battery storage; the former of which would be more clean given the absence of toxic battery substances.
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      04-14-2011, 01:44 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by polaxgr View Post
Nikola Tesla ftw
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      04-14-2011, 05:39 AM   #26
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Fantastic idea, all this talk of the grid reminds me of Tron.
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