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    You seem to forget about China ... nuclear powers and whatever new technology is still coming .. technology is moving so fast we will still get to see thing that we never imagined could be possible.

    This is what I love about being alive ... to think there was no TV when I was born ... I have gone from hand written quotes and invoice ... standing in ques at a bank to deposit cheques ... to operating my entire bussiness in the palm of my hand from anywhere in the world at speeds which we can imagine possible ... hopefully before I die I will get to see a holographic system out on my front lawn

    I am interested to see what will happen next year once the batteries contract with Tesla and panasonic expires ... are super capacitors going to be the new battery or is there even better technology in the pipeline ... only time will tell.
    Comments are based on opinion...not always facts....that's why people use an alias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ians View Post
    You seem to forget about China ... nuclear powers and whatever new technology is still coming
    How so....

    1. China is a VAST country with huge mountain ranges, massive poverty and an extensive rural population.
    2. South Africa generates Nuclear power.

    Neither of those facts make electric cars any more viable given the facts I mentioned before. Electrical grids would have to be massively expanded - to what end....(the expansion only serves to move pollution to another location)

    Yes of course one can dream about future technologies (I love Star Trek) but....that does not mean that one should OVER-drive inappropriate technologies today in the hope that the technologies MIGHT improve drastically in the future.
    “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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    Batteries aren't the problem. They are the solution.
    They can be built as big as you like.

    From what I remember from junior school ..... 2 dissimular metals in an electrolyte is a battery.

    I remember while working on the Saldanha Sishen project, there was a problem when shunting the lead concentrate wagons. The shunters would shock.
    After months and months of investigations it was found that they would only shock when the train had encountered rain during it's trip from Sishen to Saldanha.

    The solution was to cover the lead concentrate wagons with a cover, keeping the rain water ( electrolyte ) out, which I believe, is still the practice today. That solved the problem.

    A ship, whilst in harbour, poses a big threat to anyone standing on the quay and touching the ship. The water between the ship and quayside is an electrolyte.

    Batteries can be built as big as you want them to be. There is enough sunlight to charge them using solar panels.

    Elon Musk is not as big an idiot as some would make him out to be.

    The way I see the future of electric cars panning out is that most cars will have a modular battery of the same proportions housed in a convenient spot in the vehicle where it can be removed and replaced quickly.

    When you pull up at the "filling station" you will not have to wait for your battery to be charged. It is simply replaced with a fully charged one, much the same as your gas bottle that is exchanged for a full one. The filling station does not charge the batteries. It is a depot housing fully charged batteries. Charged batteries are delivered to the "filling station" much like the petrol that is delivered in bowsers.

    Impossible ?

    I don't think so.

    Peace out ... Derek
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derlyn View Post
    Elon Musk is not as big an idiot as some would make him out to be.
    Yes he is. Clearly him and his crazed Fanboys never heard of a subway train.

    Move Over, Keno! Elon Musk's Dumb Tesla Tunnel Now The Lamest Thing In Las Vegas


    https://jalopnik.com/move-over-keno-...e-l-1846654974
    “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
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