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Re: Mercedes announces end to fossil fuel production
tridentt150v #774074 05/18/19 3:08 am
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There was actually talk of building a huge funnel stack [had to be very high, I think around 700m to a kilometre] and using air convection to drive turbines in the Australian outback...it is feasible but not yet economical. Solar is way cheaper for now.

And although big business is pursuing electric cars, the benefits to the environment from cradle to the grave are much less than the general public are lead to believe. The only real benefits are strategic ones.....oil rich nations will cease to be as important.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/...r-the-environment-than-gas-powered-ones/

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Re: Mercedes announces end to fossil fuel production
Kent Shaun #774245 05/19/19 10:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Kent Shaun
My next car WILL be fully electric, not because I'm some Eco Freak, or want to *Save the Planet* NO. I'm just simply sick to death of queuing up waiting to pay, behind people buying bloody cat food and milk. Our petrol stations are mostly little supermarkets, and paying by card at the pump isn't very popular here for some strange reason. The thought of plugging the car in over night, and never having to go into them stations is very appealing, only thing I'm waiting for is for the ridiculous price of them electric cars to drop, even second hand ones are silly money... frown


I drive a Nissan Leaf because I don't need another engine to maintain. It gets me to and from work twice if needed. The convenience is awesome. I pull into the garage and plug in the 240V charging station. I don't know what they run over there, but here, it's not terrible. I think I paid about $26K after incentives, with 0% financing for 72 months. I went with the Leaf because it had the most room for the money. The new ones have a 200+ mile range, which would be awesome. The downside is that they don't hold their value. I still owe more on my 2016 than it is worth.

Re: Mercedes announces end to fossil fuel production
Dibnah #774318 05/20/19 7:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Dibnah
When it's night time in the Sahara, how much power are the photocells producing?

Relying on energy from Africa is fraught with risk.


And Iceland is overloaded with thermal energy....

The problem is NOT making energy. The problem boys, is TRANSPORTING energy.


Don't hide 'em, Ride 'em !!

RF Whatley
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