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Battery Electric Cars? Or Is Hydrogen The Future For Cars?

Battery Electric Cars? Or Is Hydrogen The Future For Cars?

Big Oil, AKA Big Fossil: How real, and what about ‘big climate’?

Big Oil, AKA Big Fossil: How real, and what about ‘big climate’?

Solar and Wind: Renewables alone not a substitute for fossil fuels.

Solar and Wind: Renewables alone not a substitute for fossil fuels.

Home Charging: The Challenge To A Green Equitable EV Transition

Home Charging: The Challenge To A Green Equitable EV Transition

Vehicles And Mobility: Road Trips and Other Superpowers.

Vehicles And Mobility: Road Trips and Other Superpowers.

Should You Buy A Hybrid: ICE, Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Range Extender, or Electric?

Should You Buy A Hybrid: ICE, Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Range Extender, or Electric?

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1.5°C by 2026? Already +1.25°C  in 2021: What You Are Not Being Told Other Than By Greta Thunberg et al., And Why Not.

1.5°C by 2026? Already +1.25°C in 2021: What You Are Not Being Told Other Than By Greta Thunberg et al., And Why Not.

COP26: Were The Deck Chairs Sufficiently Shuffled?

COP26: Were The Deck Chairs Sufficiently Shuffled?

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EV Battery swapping: Recharge or Refuel?

There is a full exploration of recharging electric vehicles on another page, but there is an a “refuelling” alternative to recharging: battery swapping.

With electrical appliances in the past, when the batteries went flat, we swapped them. Then rechargeable batteries became popular so we could avoid throwing out the old batteries, but I swap first and then recharge. It turns out, we can also do that with cars, and it is happening already.

Battery swapping, take only around 5 minutes, but so does recharging the latest batteries. Battery swapping will likely play a key role in the future, but not necessarily the role many expect.

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Home Charging: The Challenge To A Green Equitable EV Transition

Moving to EVs is going to increase electricity requirements, and at a time when there is already a technical challenge to more the electricity supply to “green” source. But what it electric vehicles could solve the “green power grid” problem, provide energy security, and avert a threat of increasing inequality? It turns out dream scenario is definitely possible, but can be fully realised only if the home charging problem be solved.

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EV range: Anxieties vs realities & needs.

This is a look at range, covering from how range specs don’t mean what you would expect, through why range is so unlike that of fossil fuelled vehicles and optimising range is all about efficiency, through to what range is required around the town or on the highway.

Range with EVs is such a different experience that novices can feel anxiety, despite that in practice running out of charge happens around the same rate that cars run out of gas. While EV range is getting closer to ICEV range, most EVs, unlike the Lightyear One pictured here, aren’t solar and still don’t match the range of internal combustion engine cars, but the convenience of background charging means range with EVs is only relevant on relatively rare road trips.

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EV Recharging Reference: Not the new Refuelling. (3rd Edition).

This page covers charging equipment and what to install, how to charge at home or on road trips, through to the technical side, and a look at wireless and the future of charging, and how recharging requires a complete rethink from refuelling.

Refuelling EVs, as discussed on a different page, provides an experience more a like a visit to the fuel pump, but recharging EV is at least faster than recharging fossil fuels, and comes with its own perhaps surprising benefits, plus, it costs less.

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EV Batteries Reference: Benefits & Battery Technologies.

Batteries for EVs have progressed:

  • From: very expensive even while delivering an impractical range.
  • To: Less expensive with an acceptable range.

Only now in 2022, are batteries showing signs they can soon enable EVs price competitive and range competitive. With the new world of EVs, comes a whole new world of understanding cars, with batteries at the centre. This page provides background, the rethink batteries bring, the different battery technologies, though to how to car for batteries, and who makes what.

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