Another interesting article on an Electric Vehicle


Zero Motorcycles cranks out whisper quiet electric bike – Engadget

 This is another interesting concept. Unfortunately, I have a problem with the whole concept of electric cars – at least with ones with batteries which need to be charged from the electric power grid. In terms of a solution to our energy problems, or to global warming, these really make no sense whatsoever. All they are doing is moving the problem from one place (vehicles) to another place (the power grid), where the environmental impact is potentially as bad or worse. If even a small percentage of our vehicles were switched to electric, the impact on the power grid would be enormous.

While I admire the idea behind this effort, I believe the environmental advantages are largely illusory.

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I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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5 comments on “Another interesting article on an Electric Vehicle
  1. Fred says:

    Ian,

    Thanks for the comments, and the link. I will have a look at it.

    I am really not trying to crap on what people are doing with electric vehicles, there are just aspects of it which I do not completely follow (hey, I am just a poor, dumb physicist!).

    cheers

  2. Ian says:

    Electric vehicles put upwards of 80% of the power stored in their batteries to forward motion. Most internal combustion engine cars are only 20% efficient. When you consider the whole picture of getting the “fuel” into the cars, not only are electrics more efficient, but emissions controls are much easier to implement (and regulate) on large, central power plants as opposed to millions of individual cars. If you want to understand the breadth of the topic, I suggest reading about “well-to-wheels” efficiency:
    http://www.transportation.anl.gov/pdfs/TA/273.pdf

  3. Fred says:

    Whether the rates are lower or not, the environmental impact of a given energy usage is not necessarily lower.

    I also find it hard to believe that the existing electrical power grid could absorb >80% of the current vehicular population in electric cars, when many areas cannot absorb the increased demand of a hot day. Would you have any links to these studies?

    thx

  4. Roberto says:

    It is more than likely that most of EVs. will be connected to the grid overnight, when their drivers are asleep and the rates are remarkably lower.

    There are also studies proving that power plants will not have to raise their output until EV population reaches about 87% of all conventional petrol powered vehicles.

  5. Roberto says:

    It is proven that EVs. would be charged overnight, when the drivers usually are asleep and the prices of electricity are remarkably reduced.

    There are also studies proving that power plants will have to raise their production output only after the EV population replaces about 87% of all petrol vehicles fleet.

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