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Old 01-05-2008, 01:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Honest truth.... :/
Ah. I thought you were making a funny, since the distances you gave happen to be the before/refined highway range specs for the Tesla Roadster.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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With 4-wheel 3-phase hub motors and a MrFusion,



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Old 01-05-2008, 09:34 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Ah. I thought you were making a funny, since the distances you gave happen to be the before/refined highway range specs for the Tesla Roadster.
Ha! Pure coincidence I did realize the Roadster was in the 200 mi range - pure ignorant luck on pinning the numbers
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Depends

Good question, many answers...

My take:

1) If it were just for pure commuting to work and back:
  • 2-seater with the cargo capacity of 2 large suitcases
  • 60 mph consistent speed ability
  • 150-200 mile range with 7-day cold soak in 15-degree F weather between charges
  • $5000 (If it's going to replace a vehicle with no car payments, then yak know).

2) For Family Use:
  • Prius-Sized (basically 4-seater/4-door with hatch)
  • 300-mile range at 60 mph or 150 miles in solid urban stop/go
  • 70 mph top-speed (not necessarily consistent, quick burst)
  • $20K with a warranty

Of course it would have to be run through the "finance department" here at the household

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EDIT: Or if willing for choice #1, an even-trade on a '98 Integra, one-owner (technically)
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:27 AM   #16 (permalink)
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A great car would be the prius with a 30 mile EV range.
I'm with you on this one. PHEV's make sense as a way to ensure everyone has the ultimate distance range they need.

And as with 2-mode (EV mode) hybrids, their adoption will open more eyes to the benefits of having a more efficient, less costly (produced in mass quantities) 100% BEV as the short-range commuter/grocery getter/second car.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:29 PM   #17 (permalink)
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What would be perfect for me would be a hybrid electric version of Guy Negre air car, using the engine as a generator.....mmmmm sounds like good clean power to me with a rather larger commute distance.
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I moved my job 2 years ago SO now I only need 50 mile range and over night charging.

HOWEVER I also need to carry 2 SuperSizedOldGuys on alternate weeks. Yes I car pool, some of my co-workers think it is funny as #e!!. My pool buddy is called Buddha for a reason, and I personally just got under 300 lb's this spring. Talk about engine load. S.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:26 PM   #19 (permalink)
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With 4-wheel 3-phase hub motors and a MrFusion,



the sky's the limit.

Man... I would kill for a MrFusion!



For me: My minimum requirements are at least 50km range, and at least 80km/h speed. That'll get me to work and back, and to most places I go regularly without holding up traffic too much. In a sedan-type car so I can take the missus and spawnling.

What I would like would be 100+km on batteries (with some kind of generator to top up on longer trips (series hybrid 4tw)) and a top speed of 130km/h so I can overtake safely on highways. Especially if the genny ran on JetA1, which I can get from work for free!


As for the ultimate EV setup... I'd convert my current car ('99 Outback) with four hub motors, fill the former engine bay up with the fanciest batteries I could find, and plonk a MrFusion in there somewhere, too. (Hey, a guy can dream...)
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Forkenswift would work just fine for my daily commute outside the cold months - even then it could just do the job unless I need serious defrosting in the PM. I might need 96 volts to jump through gaps in traffic at the end of the street though until the bridge reconstruction is done and rush hour traffic is backed up leaving no gaps.

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