Saturday, May 26, 2012

About That Electric Car...

The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different. 
Peter Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, p. 44

There is of course a place and market for electric cars. Big industrial sites, golf courses, and tony little retirement communities south of the Mason Dixon Line. And of course these would have lead-acid batteries. It has been over one hundred years now that attempts have been continuing to get the electric car accepted into the market place. Even with the latest technology of the latest lithium battery, there is still that same old problem of range in cold climates. In Canada, in forty below weather even the latest ricer electric cars have suffered from somewhat diminished range. What ever is to be done?

1916 Detroit Electric

The most reasonable solution is to accept reality and give it up. The big selling point of electric cars is that they don't pollute. Well maybe they don't pollute where the car is, but the reality is that somewhere else had to pollute several times more so that you can live in your little green fantasy. The same goes for the so called green hydrogen economy. The only way that we could possibly get that much hydrogen is from stripping natural gas. That is, we would have to pollute about ten times more where the hydrogen is created than in the place where the clean hydrogen will be utilized. But I will give you the point that the marketing is just brilliant.

And then there is that reality of all those nasty properties that lithium has. Why it was the fuel of choice once in Hydrogen bombs back in the good old days! Lithium hydride and Lithium deuteride is what gave the wack to the "Supers" that went off way beyond all expected yield. Now you are lugging around a huge brick of it in the back of your green car! lol....

Watch and listen very carefully....

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