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Old 12-02-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Electric Drag Racing

This is pretty neat if you like electric cars.

http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/vide...ic-Drag-Racing
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:09 PM   #2
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thats damn impressive...He should go to FL I know lots of guys that will give him a better race, or blow him out the water.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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Cute. I'm all for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. I would have been more impressed if he had kept his mouth shut at that.

He needs to get off his environmental pedestal. It is likely that his electricity was generated by either coal or nuclear power, each having their own unique environmental implications. On top of that his batteries aren't exactly eco-friendly.

With that said my grades for him are in:

A+ for engineering and ingenuity
A+ for not sending our $ to the Middle East
F- for environmental understanding
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:56 PM   #4
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Cute. I'm all for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. I would have been more impressed if he had kept his mouth shut at that.

He needs to get off his environmental pedestal. It is likely that his electricity was generated by either coal or nuclear power, each having their own unique environmental implications. On top of that his batteries aren't exactly eco-friendly.

With that said my grades for him are in:

A+ for engineering and ingenuity
A+ for not sending our $ to the Middle East
F- for environmental understanding
He said he doesn't go around condemning people for using gas engines, he just shows them the technology in hopes they might do the same.

Damn him to hell for voicing his opinion.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:30 PM   #5
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11.55 wow. crazy fast electric

ps - that M3 had a horrible launch
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:52 AM   #6
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That's great. Very cool.

But,

That video is pretty biased. He's an 11 sec car going up against 12-13 sec cars. Granted he's street legal. But, they never talk about how much he spent to get the car to go that fast. There are a lot of street legal 11 sec cars out there. The vid is Way biased in my opinion.

But VERY COOL, that's for sure. Can you imagine the Volt running this well.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:06 AM   #7
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He said he doesn't go around condemning people for using gas engines, he just shows them the technology in hopes they might do the same.

Damn him to hell for voicing his opinion.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:58 AM   #8
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Can you imagine the Volt running this well.
How fast would a volt be in a quarter mile?
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:14 AM   #9
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Yeah it's cute, but it's not like the electricity is free. What is with the West Coast and their pedestals?
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Couple things, whoever that electrical engineer was (the one that said electric cars would top 18s) he either had know clue what he was talking about, or there were a whole bunch of limitations that weren't mentioned.

Also, 20 minutes to recharge for another 1/4 mile run? Wow.

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No, its not free. Its ~1/5 the cost of gasoline. And in the US, half the electricity comes from non-fossil fuel sources.
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That's cool. Probably a lot less pollution per killowatt hour too. Not really sure if that's the right way to say what I'm thinking. I would also guess the batteries could be recycled.

From what I've read, US power sources are about 50% coal, 20% natural gas, 2% petroleum, 7% Hydro, and about 20% Nuclear, 1% other. Roughly.
Oops. Yeah, you are more or less right. I was thinking about the 50% coal and then forgot about 20% natural gas. But those gas plants mostly operate during peak power usage. Nuclear and coal operate at roughly the same output all day long. So recharging at 10 pm is greener than recharging at 5pm.
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Yeah it's cute, but it's not like the electricity is free. What is with the West Coast and their pedestals?
did you see the "Hybrid" episode of south park?
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