Helen Strong Energy and cars

It should be mandatory for manufacturers of cars to put solar panels in the roofs of electric / hybrid cars. And / or build in mini wind turbines to use the forward motion of the car to provide additional power.
Posted: 29 November 2012 at 09:21

Jayesh Hargovan Contradiction?

Seems very contradictory to a previously published article on how Tesla killed the electric car.
Posted: 29 November 2012 at 19:06

Doug Vining Contradiction?

You may see it that way, but we don't. In the future, many alternatives are possible, and we do not make predictions, just debate some scenarios. The MindBullet "WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR" was a short term scenario, suggesting that plug-in cars would remain a niche market for a few years. Beyond that, anything is possible, and if electric cars really do take off, will the power grids be able to handle the increased demand? Certainly not in my country, where we are already under pressure! How about yours?
Posted: 29 November 2012 at 19:51

Wolfgang Grulke Contradiction?

We do live in a world where there are many possible futures. These are not "contradictions", they are just alternate possibilities. I believe that one of the great leadership strengths is to recognise that there are many possible futures.

Which one of those futures actually happens is a matter of choice - by you, me and anybody who really cares enough and has the energy and resources to chase down their 'ideal future'.
Posted: 9 December 2012 at 09:39

Doug Vining Gridlock coming for EVs

In response to the question posed by this article in Technology Review - umm, Yes!

We thought about that last year, when we published the MindBullet below. :-)
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Posted: 16 August 2013 at 12:23

Doug Vining Electric cars won't save the planet

Recent research in the US suggests that even changing almost half the auto fleet to electric won't have much of an effect on carbon emissions, or pollution for that matter.
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Posted: 22 January 2014 at 07:57

Doug Vining Meeting charge demand

Once electric cars become mainstream, and there are literally millions of them in use, it will be a thorny issue to charge all of them promptly and efficiently. They will need to communicate with a smart grid, if it's going to work at all, as we pointed out in this MindBullet some time ago.
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Posted: 18 February 2014 at 13:18

Neil Jacobsohn Using less power to do more

This really interests me! I have long believed that the first way to manage our ever-increasing demand for electricity in a world of potential shortages is simply to use less - and that;s a pretty decent way to also start tackling climate change issues. It seems the devices we use are become more power-effecicient. Now can we tackle ineffecient fuel-guzzling vehicles!
On the other hand, could the scenario we discussed in the attached MindBullet ever happen?
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Posted: 28 July 2014 at 11:05

Doug Vining Using less power to do more

Energy efficiencies are constantly rising; for example high output LEDs provide equivalent light for about 10% of the energy required by incandescent globes. But there is a strange paradox that operates in markets - the more efficient technology becomes, the more people use the technology, and the overall consumption of energy rises. The best example of Jevons Paradox is the use of jet fuel in the US - it has doubled over a few decades, even as jet engines become more and more efficient, simply because more people are making use of jet travel; as it becomes more efficient it becomes more affordable in real terms.
In South Africa, energy savings have led to declining revenues for the central utility - so now they have to increase tariffs to meet their capex targets, basically punishing consumers for being efficient! Roll on peer production and collaborative consumption of solar power.
Posted: 28 July 2014 at 13:03

Doug Vining Electric cars' economic problems

Electric cars are making quite a splash, and now several EU governments are moving to ban petrol and diesel cars in the future. But what are the economic ramifications of widespread electric car ownership? Where will all the charging capacity come from, and how will current fuel taxes be replaced? Here's an article that looks at the potential impact in the UK. Quite a daunting scenario!
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Posted: 8 August 2017 at 14:44
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