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Offline wilber

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Re: Addressing climate change
« Reply #286 on: November 30, 2019, 07:01:10 pm »
Gas up your Tesla! Hahaha.
https://www.facebook.com/261460544207587/posts/780954728924830/

Hopefully it isn't her car and she isn't that clueless.

It should be interesting if her battery is really low and she isn't near a charger.
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« Reply #287 on: November 30, 2019, 10:21:11 pm »
Way better angle of the truck cab.  Looks a lot bigger here:

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« Reply #288 on: December 01, 2019, 01:51:29 pm »
Sloping siderails that are really tall.  Ugh.  Awful design for a p/u.

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« Reply #289 on: December 01, 2019, 02:24:20 pm »
Sloping siderails that are really tall.  Ugh.  Awful design for a p/u.

Probably good for aerodynamics, not so good for utility.
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Offline ?Impact

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« Reply #290 on: December 01, 2019, 02:45:45 pm »
Any poster looked into EV battery life in cold climates?   Itís not a pretty picture.

Yes, a battery powered heater is not very efficient. I wonder if any company is looking at using the residual heat from the battery itself to warm the cab, and best of all putting more insulation in vehicles (would be good for both summer and winter).

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« Reply #291 on: December 01, 2019, 03:14:27 pm »
Yes, a battery powered heater is not very efficient. I wonder if any company is looking at using the residual heat from the battery itself to warm the cab, and best of all putting more insulation in vehicles (would be good for both summer and winter).

More insulation = more weight = less efficient.

Cold climates are just not conducive to EVs that might be used outside of a city at the moment.   If youíre only doing city driving, then itís not as much of a factor.  But this is one reason that this truck (or any EV) will not be appealing for people in rural areas.  This will be the truck of soccer-moms sitting in parking lots beside other soccer momís Ford Excursions. 
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« Reply #292 on: December 01, 2019, 03:46:31 pm »
More insulation = more weight = less efficient.

I guess that is why they use foam as the structural component in lightweight racing yachts.

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« Reply #293 on: December 01, 2019, 04:05:08 pm »
Yes, a battery powered heater is not very efficient. I wonder if any company is looking at using the residual heat from the battery itself to warm the cab, and best of all putting more insulation in vehicles (would be good for both summer and winter).

Probably, they use heat pumps and some are recapturing heat from the instruments and other electronic components for use in the heating system.
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Offline Squidward von Squidderson

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« Reply #294 on: December 01, 2019, 04:08:43 pm »
I guess that is why they use foam as the structural component in lightweight racing yachts.

So you think heat retention insulation in a car is the same as structural foam in a racing yacht?

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« Reply #295 on: December 01, 2019, 06:51:16 pm »
Interesting Provincial cooperation for small nuclear power. 
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5380316

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« Reply #296 on: December 02, 2019, 10:28:39 am »
Interesting Provincial cooperation for small nuclear power. 
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5380316
I have to say, for all the talk of "Green" plans, carbon taxes, etc., I think this has the potential to have the biggest impact on climate change.

Nuclear power is relatively safe (yes, there are risks, but then all power sources have risks), yet improving the technology and/or expanding nuclear power usage has often been overlooked for political reasons (rather than any particular problem with the technology). Ontario is one of the provinces involved, and it would be ironic if Luke "Carbon pricing is the devil!" Ford somehow gives a greater contribution to addressing climate change than the Liberals.

Of course, this is assuming that the co-operation agreement actually goes somewhere.

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« Reply #297 on: December 02, 2019, 10:36:45 am »
Interesting Provincial cooperation for small nuclear power. 
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5380316

Lefties on my feed are actually supporting this, even though it has come from Conservatives.

I also think it's a good idea.  And any party that moves forward on real change will be rewarded. That said, it's hard to put "Nuclear Innovation" and "Doug Ford" in the same brain, let alone same thought, or sentence.  All they have to do is supply the politics, though, and hopefully this will get put on somebody's to-do list.

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« Reply #298 on: December 02, 2019, 10:44:48 am »
Hopefully these kinds of ideas can survive today's rampant partisanship and be looked at objectively.  I have my doubts.
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Re: Addressing climate change
« Reply #299 on: December 02, 2019, 10:50:54 am »
Sloping siderails that are really tall.  Ugh.  Awful design for a p/u.
the height of the sliderails may actually be a good thing... if you are moving something big (like a fridge) the taller siderails would help keep it in the truck.

The slope could be a problem, but it depends on what is being carried and if it needs to be secured.