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by billvon
Dec 10 2018 10:58pm
Forum: Battery Technology
Topic: Replace Cells?
Replies: 22
Views: 385

Re: Replace Cells?

You can use an old 5v phone charge via the bms jst connector. Cut the charge connector off the phone charger end, bare and solder a small metal pin (one's that snugly fits in to the jst connector) to each wire end and insulate as much as poss leaving 5 or 6mm of pin showing. Insert the V+ pin from ...
by billvon
Dec 10 2018 10:40pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Even the mormon capital of the USA has legalized medicinal cannabis..
Replies: 28
Views: 330

Re: Even the mormon capital of the USA has legalized medicinal cannabis..

If we can allow people to have distracting devices inside their car, certainly we can handle a few more stoned drivers. . . . Except distracted driving is illegal in most places, too. Here in CA, for example, it's illegal to use a handheld cellphone while driving, and illegal to text or surf (basic...
by billvon
Dec 10 2018 10:32pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

sendler2112 wrote:
Dec 10 2018 10:03pm
3 billion people cannot all have a 2,000 kg car that costs $40,000.
True. Nor should no one have a 2000 kg vehicle that costs $40,000. Use the right tool for the job.
by billvon
Dec 10 2018 6:35pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Even the mormon capital of the USA has legalized medicinal cannabis..
Replies: 28
Views: 330

Re: Even the mormon capital of the USA has legalized medicinal cannabis..

Make dashcams mandatory and allow the driver to submit clips of someone driving poorly to the government. Enough flags on one person, and they get followed a few times and pulled over if caught in the act, or if a report was really bad, then the highway patrol comes straight out to find the person ...
by billvon
Dec 10 2018 5:13pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Impending Big big oil and big auto implosion plausible theory (video)
Replies: 16
Views: 214

Re: Impending Big big oil and big auto implosion plausible theory (video)

Hillhater wrote:
Dec 10 2018 4:12pm
You may have difficulty finding ANY combination of storage technology that would allow wind /solar generation to be cost competitive with Gas or coal, for a Reliable , CONTINUOUS, power supply ?
Got one in my garage.
by billvon
Dec 10 2018 5:12pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Even the mormon capital of the USA has legalized medicinal cannabis..
Replies: 28
Views: 330

Re: Even the mormon capital of the USA has legalized medicinal cannabis..

It is very possible to drive a car under the influence of cannabis without incident. My dad has done so for around 50 years now. Yes, i was driven around my entire childhood by that reckless man :lol: The only car crashes in my immediate family have happened to the female drivers, who were complete...
by billvon
Dec 10 2018 4:34pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

Gimme a 4,800lb Tesla Model S full of metals that are pollution-heavy to extract and refine ( cobalt, aluminum, nickel, etc ) so i can feel like i'm doing my part... cuz i don't wanna take public transport, ride a bike, or drive a much more humble little EV or hybrid... Yep. And to Chalo, your "hum...
by billvon
Dec 09 2018 6:06pm
Forum: E-Bike Technical
Topic: 36/72V switch for Solar charging my bike
Replies: 9
Views: 127

Re: 36/72V switch for Solar charging my bike

I get how to switch two 36V battery packs to output * either * 36V or 72V but I'm interested in a more nuanced use-case: I want to power the bike on 72V all the time, but when parked, throw a switch and plug in a 36V charge controller -- separate from the (now shut off) 72V main power -- to charge ...
by billvon
Dec 08 2018 1:01pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

cricketo wrote:
Dec 07 2018 4:42pm
t is not a similar issue.
This has obviously become a very personal issue for you, so I will bow out.
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 3:12pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

Again, there is a difference. Coal delivery is an integral part of a coal fired power plant. Without coal delivery a plant can't function. Solar obviously doesn't have such pre-requisite. You can't have solar power systems without panel (or mirror) deliveries. So it's a similiar issue. Look, I know...
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 12:07pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

cricketo wrote:
Dec 07 2018 11:55am
So yeah, solar is definitely more deadly than nuclear, if you also count the delivery trucks carrying panels causing deadly road fatalities :)
Well, you counted coal deliveries, so seems valid . . .
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 11:51am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026
Replies: 21
Views: 407

Re: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026

Apparently these are "lithium metal", which would be different than solid state, no? also, they have twice the energy density, which is huge.. the article states that these batteries are only good for 50 cycles though. Hmm. They are lithium metal and use a solid separator - but they still use elect...
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 2:39am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026
Replies: 21
Views: 407

Re: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026

Batteries always operated on turtle's law.. yes, there haven't been much improvements in the last few years, just automakers slowly catching up to what we have in our bikes :lol:. But there are so many promising batteries in the pipeline at the moment that 1 out of 10 has to succeed, and my money's...
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 2:34am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026
Replies: 21
Views: 407

Re: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026

Hillhater wrote:
Dec 06 2018 6:44am
Hate ??.. Im sure i have told you before about your limited psyco analytical abilities.
I would remind you that you have "hater" in your username. So not too much of a stretch there!
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 2:32am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026
Replies: 21
Views: 407

Re: Volkswagen says last generation of combustion engines to be launched in 2026

billvon, please enlighten me what a microwave oven has to do with charging a EV at night. Not trying to be sarcastic just confused with your analogy. When you want a burrito, you are, in general, not willing to wait 12 hours to heat it up in your microwave. If you have an EV, generally you won't ca...
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 2:20am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

sendler2112 wrote:
Dec 06 2018 2:18pm
Economy and CO2 are closely linked.
Agreed. And 150 years ago, economy and horse manure were closely linked, since horses provided most of our local transportation. (Google the problems that NYC had with horses - namely, noise, manure and carcass disposal, and the resulting health impacts.)
by billvon
Dec 07 2018 1:09am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

No, you can't say the same thing about nuclear. Even if you were theoretically to construct a perfectly safe reactor, which was the suggested that you can't really do, you're still on the hook for handling radioactive materials on the way to/from such reactor, which inherently poses a risk. So repr...
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 10:38am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

None of those are inherent to PVs, and can be avoided. It is not necessary to pollute, not all solar projects are roof top ones, and energy used for manufacturing can come from clean sources including PVs themselves. Agreed. But you can say the same thing for nuclear power. The risks of meltdowns c...
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 9:53am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

cricketo wrote:
Dec 06 2018 9:39am
So what are the inherent negatives of PVs that you can think of ?
Pollution during manufacture. Risks during installation. Energy use during manufacture.

Needless to say, these risks are much, much lower than the risks of something like coal.
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 9:38am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

We can't expect to carry on the same as before. Consumption will have to follow production. Not the other way around. It will of course be a combination of both. Lower production will drive prices higher. Higher prices will enable production of more difficult to access resources. As production incr...
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 8:11am
Forum: EV Business World
Topic: Tesla Model 3
Replies: 620
Views: 37887

Re: Tesla Model 3

Ok ..enough of the gay psyco babble. Are you one of those people who think "gay" is an insult? Sad that people like that are still around. I take it you guys know nothing about the state of play at Freemont then ? Your claim that you know so much more than anyone else about what is happening in Fre...
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 8:03am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

But why not pick another typical recent day..like yesterday , December 5th.. 6pm peak demand of 30GW, with a solar contribution of ..0.0 GW..!!.....because the solar had "clocked off" by 4:30 Good example. With a peak demand of 30GW, there was minimal stress on the grid. No need for extra support.
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 6:06am
Forum: EV Business World
Topic: Tesla Model 3
Replies: 620
Views: 37887

Re: Tesla Model 3

I dont play Football either, but that doesent mean i cannot take an interest in those pro games. True. But if you don't play football, but post regularly and often about how football just doesn't work, your posts might not carry as much weight as someone who does play. (Of course, this being the In...
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 5:15am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

In most parts of the world (including the USA). the FACT is that The highest loads occur in the evening , 6-10pm when everyone get home and want to cool/heat the house, cook, shower, boila hot drink, etc etc. Yep. Let's look at a warm day in California - July 7th 2018 - using actual data. Peak load...
by billvon
Dec 06 2018 1:11am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2934
Views: 99625

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

They also say that exclusion zone around Chernobyl has created an excellent refuge for the wildlife. So we should replace all those hydro plants with a bunch of nukes. In all seriousness though, while hydro is renewable, it is not alternative. It is certainly alternative. Fossil fuels have been our...