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Old 11-30-2019, 04:28 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Also 50k rural routes using private vehicles with a massive per mile reimbursement could be assigned a mail truck if there were actually more trucks available.
It does surprise me that nobody seems to have at least tried to enhance the off-road capability of the LLVs in order to render them suitable to the rural mail routes.

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They both have about 250k on the odometer. Minimum repairs other than belts and sensors and water pumps. To replace either one is going to cost a pretty penny in today's diesel market. An electric pickup needs to be able to tow our 24 foot flatbed a radius of about 60 miles. I would keep one diesel for the runs cross country.
Rather than replace, consider a mild hybrid conversion with a 20hp altermotor. Ask HaroldinCR.
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Except the better control of populations. That’s the leapfrog game.
Those tar sands aren't going to produce forever; unlike the tides.
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The problem with tidal power is building something that doesn't get smashed by storm waves or storm waves that have swept up boats, cars, 16 inch diameter peer pilons, ect.
I'm not saying it can't be done but what ever it looks like it needs to have a safe failure mode.
When it gets smashed is it going to dump hundreds of gallons of hydraulic fluid into the sea or fail in some way that's environmentally destructive?
Can it be dragged to higher ground or does it have to just weather the storm?
Anything that gets built by man to challenge or harness the seas always gets destroyed by the seas.
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I think the way to build tidal power is to dam small inlets and then run water one way on the way in and then the other on the way out. So no hydraulics just regular water at different heights spinning turbines that turn generators. Put in a second overflow spill so if the tide or the inlet ever exceeds a certain level it just overflows that. The same reason they don't build new dams and even remove old working ones is why these will never be built.
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It does surprise me that nobody seems to have at least tried to enhance the off-road capability of the LLVs in order to render them suitable to the rural mail routes.
They can use the LLV just fine on rural routes, it's just a question of there were never enough made and they can't make more. The last one was made in 1994 and there are 10s of thousands of new routes in the USA since then. Also 10s of thousands of the LLVs have been destroyed in accidents in the same time. It's pretty amazing as many are still on the road considering their daily industrial use and abuse. I don't see any 1994 cop cars still being used everyday on the beat. Maybe a few firetrucks that old more in a reserve capacity (although even brand new firetrucks are not always used daily)
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The problem with tidal power is.....Anything that gets built by man to challenge or harness the seas always gets destroyed by the seas.
I know, right?

My theory is use air, above the water surface, and put the mechanicals on top of that. I guess it comes from visiting the Devil's Punchbowl at Depoe Bay when I was a kid.

The inlet is in the tidal zone very close to low tide. A vault has a large area (like, Wallymart-sized) but not higher than the high tide level.The outlet is small and has subsonic air flow.

For the impound storage version, an hydraulic ram can raise water using the flow around it.
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A small update on the LMC electric pickup:

https://leftlanenews.com/2019/12/23/...ectric-pickup/
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A small update on the LMC electric pickup:

https://leftlanenews.com/2019/12/23/...ectric-pickup/
$52,500 and $7500 in tax credits is less expensive than $50,000 and no tax credits. We will see on the specs once you can buy one of each and do a head to head comparison.
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Well im calling it, its doa.
Not only did they say hub motors but they said gigantic 150hp each hub motors. If they produce any vehicles they are going to have to lose the hub motors.
Even tesla is smart enough not to even attempt hub motors in their pickup.
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Yep, wouldn't touch that with a 10' pole. Looks neat though.

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