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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

How China is outpacing US in renewable energy https://youtu.be/4zt-SMlaaM8 In China, climate is not political.. There's only one politics, lol. And their cabinet officials are technocrats who are actually experts on matters related to the portfolio they lead. Just like Japanese decades ago, they reverse engineer (err, steal) our technology and made imrpovements and sell it back to us cheaper. The administration is summoning tech leaders for our country's continued ownership of the future with innovations and scientific discovery, computer technology and alternative energy. Germany in it's economic model realized they cannot anymore compete on cheap widgets so they focus on better engineered value-added widgets. Not like we dont steal or intimidate other countries using dirty tricks or worse,such as having Canada kidnap arrest CEO of Huawei on some trumpted up charges as its big competion to our Apple co. Toshiba got similar treatment from US back then so did French Epscom(sp) to make sure they dont beat Us in the tech game. Anyhow We dont need to buy China stuff,IF our leaders invested in infrastructure and busineses making all products we need here. for example why is Apple stil in China when Tramp promised to bring it home making America greater again in the process? Same with those semiconductor chips shortage now, dont we have experts here who can make them? China stealin excuse doesnt work anymore,their leaders are well educated tech and financial experts who know whats best for the country https://youtu.be/A3SbhDZtFsk China poverty aleviation https://youtu.be/vOUwYz_n3Wc Btw I Forgot to add China has great advantage over us bc they dont allow drugs of any kind or guns for private use so youll never find any homeles junkies or get robbed,
free radical 05/08/21 09:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

As I was collecting data to finalize my "break even" analysis between ICE and BEV, I discovered Volvo already did that for us. For starters, the basic ICE XC40 has a $33,700 base MRSP and the BEV version is $53,900, for a premium of over $20k. Using the amount of emissions from the average power plant (mix all sources of power) once you drive the XC40 for 97,270 miles (146,000 km), you are now "greener" than the XC40 gas version. If we used 100% solar power (no coal, natural gas, hydro, etc) then at 29,204 miles (47,000 km) you are now "greener" than the ICE version. Until you reach those breakeven points the ICE XC40 has a smaller carbon footprint. Bottomline-- As long as the XC40 Recharge has a higher Carbon Footprint from the Materials production and refining phase than the XC40 ICE, the question of break-even will remain. At what distance will GHG emissions from Materials production and refining be outweighed by lower emissions in the use phase? This study shows a break-even point of almost 50,000 km for the wind powered XC40 Recharge, significantly below the driving distance of 200,000 km used as the functional unit. When considering a global average electricity mix the break-even point is at about 146,000 km for XC40 Recharge, also below the 200,000 km. After the break-even points the global warming related benefits of the XC40 Recharge compared to the XC40 ICE continue to increase over the rest of the life cycle. This means that the longer the lifetime, the lower the Carbon Footprint of the XC40 Recharge compared to the XC40 ICE. Volvo report https://group.volvocars.com/news/sustainability/2020/~/media/ccs/Volvo_carbonfootprintreport.pdf Following are excerpts from that report. https://i.imgur.com/WqjVch3l.png https://i.imgur.com/mABl9vbl.png https://i.imgur.com/WiMehiXl.png https://i.imgur.com/nz6GBwXl.png So, it depends on what region you live in and kind of fuel required to generate electricity. Those with lowest MPG are states with "dirty power" (greater emissions per kWh). https://cdn.blog.ucsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/vehicles-m-emissions-map-social.jpg Source: https://blog.ucsusa.org/rachael-nealer/gasoline-vs-electric-global-warming-emissions-953 How is your energy generated? https://www.chooseenergy.com/data-center/electricity-sources-by-state/ How much does your state charge for power? https://www.electricchoice.com/electricity-prices-by-state/ So, is it worth a $20k premium for the BEV XC40? IMO, no. The Volvo is for my wife and she buys one tank of gas every 6 weeks or so for her Benz, and probably drives 200-300 miles a month. Assuming Oregon goes 100% wind, then around the 8th year the BEV will be "greener" than the ICE alternative. You forgot to include cost of driling for oil refining procesing and shiping such to destination using dirty fuel powered vehicles. also making sick and kiling milions of people w resulting dirty air coming from emisions exhausts pipes. Driving EV is cleaner no matter how you try to spin the tale while avoiding fosil fuels shortcomings. Shall we include all the wars and related casualties in pursuit of oil control? Iraq Iran Venezuela,Lybia Syria etc
free radical 05/08/21 08:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Mexico and Venezuela must be refining their crude in Texas before they can export their finished products to the US. The Shell Oil / Pemex refinery in Deer Park TX sends all but their heavy products back to (Villahermosa) Mexico. Heavy products mean tar, pitch and asphalt. Mexico imports more than 50% of their fuel. Gasoline, aviation gasoline and liquified petroleum gas. Every last drop of ULSD called UBA, comes from the United States or Japan. It is common to find Japanese diesel with no detectable sulfur content. O ppm. Use 700 kWh monthly for four months, and you will find the power costing fifty cents per kilowatt-hour. Generation kWh-per-household, plant CAPACITY is ONE FIFTH that of the USA. Overload the grid and the distribution grid goes dark. The point I am pleading here is if the USA hopes to clean up North American air it cannot ignore Mexico. Sarcastically, instead of funding millions of dollars for Pakistani dance interpretation, pay the FLUOR CORPORATION to design a new ultra low sulfur fuel refinery. In a country where a fifteen thousand dollar automobile is a sign of wealthy extravagance, there just isn't enough funding to do this without help. Gang Canada, the USA, France, Germany and Great Britain together to build a gigantic refinery. Get Mexico to commit absolute fair share funding for the project that they cannot weasel out of. But to go electric photo panels, all electric houses, cars trains and trucks next door to a source of pollution 100x worse than the US in the sixties is absurd folly. A ten thousand dollar carbon fiber racing bicycle in the Congo. Only then would I start believing in electrical green. Japanese export diesel to Mexico? Fascinating lunacy indeed,since Jpan has to import process and ship it that far out over again. Why dont Mexico get oil from Venezuela right next door ? Anyhow you get plenty sunshine down there so solar panels could suply all the energy you could need.
free radical 05/08/21 08:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Hydrogen is DOA,, it doesnt make sense financialy compared to Evs. How many hydrogen Nikola trucks have you seen after all the promises and GM being complicit partner!? Just wait until two months from now when the Japan Hydrogen Olympics start: https://www.fchea.org/in-transition/2020/5/25/japans-hydrogen-olympics Wait for what? Stupidity on grand scale!? What will they make hydrogen fuel from,water heated by solar panels or nukes or what? Then compress into special high presure vesel tanks that are dangerous To handle and refuel. Why not just recharge bateries with sun like Tesla and other EV cars and buses do? Rube Goldberg must be chearin on Japanese nonsense from the grave Lol Electric beat h20 hands down,dont believe it,go buy hydrogen power car and let us know how you like it.
free radical 05/08/21 08:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Battery electric cars are unlikely to become widespread as the cost of lithium will only go up from here. Lithium is found in relatively few places in the world and when it is found it is in low concentrations. Example: The largest known deposit in the US at Thacker Pass in Nevada has a concentration of just 0.33%. Upper continental crust and mantle concentrations are even lower at 0.0035% and 0.00015% respectively. Source: https://www.geol.umd.edu/~mcdonoug/documents/geochemistry/Geochemistry,%20Solid%20Earth,%20Deep/Teng_etal_(GCA_04).pdf US is not the only lithium source ffs,there plenty o lithium elswhere https://www.google.com/search?q=lithium+deposits+in+the+world&oq=Lithium+in+the+world&aqs=chrome.2.0j0i22i30l4.21108j0j8&client=tablet-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 And thats only the knows sources,no doubt Russia has plenty too, Stop the fearmongering
free radical 05/06/21 09:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Hydrogen is DOA,, it doesnt make sense financialy compared to Evs. How many hydrogen Nikola trucks have you seen after all the promises and GM being complicit partner!?
free radical 05/06/21 09:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

The new government with focus on climate change and alternative energy sources should take up Elon's offer to electrify the whole country with solar energy by providing for it 100 miller x 100 miles site to put it on. Good idea instead of wasting money tryin to play war games in Taiwan and tryin to destabilize Myanmar and Thailand in some vain hope it will stop China from becoming superpower it already is How China is outpacing US in renewable energy https://youtu.be/4zt-SMlaaM8
free radical 05/06/21 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

The new government with focus on climate change and alternative energy sources should take up Elon's offer to electrify the whole country with solar energy by providing for it 100 miller x 100 miles site to put it on.I've read some reports that are wondering about the effect of that much heat produced by those black solar panels. It's my understanding that they're about 20% efficient so it would seem that they will radiate quite a bit of heat that would otherwise be reflected, since they would tend to be located in areas of normally high albedo.. Just a thought. Black color absorbs heat it doesnt reflect it ! And solar panels are way more then 20% eficient https://youtu.be/c-auRHKq2-A
free radical 05/06/21 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is There a 24’ Version of These RVs available?

Here you go: https://www.tigervehicles.com Interesting concept, however the company shows no new ones even available, and a nationwide search on RVTrader shows no used available -- any year, make, or model -- none. To me, and correct me if I'm wrong, it looks as though access to the cockpit seats from the house portion should be an Olympic sport, and vice-versa. I think for my money, I'd just as soon buy a nice Lance TC and mount it on the truck of my choice. That way, if I wanted 4wd or a standard shift, it would certainly be available. Am I missing something? I know those vehicles probably cost a heap more than the same configuration in a truck/TC set-up, but of course the website tells us nothing regarding pricing. Happy travels to all. And what about this idea, actually. I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with my truck camper and its frame mounts. The mounts, the truck bed frame, all tear apart all the time for me. Do some people more permanently just bolt truck campers to the frame the way the bed is. using doublers and backing plates, instead of the whole weak link (in my experience) of standard frame mounts and fast guns? My frame mounts last about a year of full timing typically before they shred apart. Or: would a more permanent bolting down to the frame cause some other problem I’m not aware of? Class Cs like the one in this thread seem permanently bolted on. Maybe permanently bolting a truck camper on with some rubber spacers to take up any really brutal bounce and twist? Depends on the truck youre mounting the camper on,newer Chevys from about 05 and later have frames that dont twist at all,there are some vids on YT proving this. Besides Earth roamer I havent seen any of those camper truck styles, Some people build their own like this https://youtu.be/Dt3T_DRVno4 I bolted my TC right on the bed box and removed back window in truck cab for easy crawl thru,btw.
free radical 05/06/21 09:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Cuz Sam, it happened with Apple, remember? https://www.npr.org/2020/11/18/936268845/apple-agrees-to-pay-113-million-to-settle-batterygate-case-over-iphone-slowdowns Apple on Wednesday agreed to pay $113 million to settle consumer fraud lawsuits brought by more than 30 states over allegations that it secretly slowed down old iPhones, a controversy that became known as "batterygate." Apple first denied that it purposely slowed down iPhone batteries, then said it did so to preserve battery life amid widespread reports of iPhones unexpectedly turning off. The company maintained that it wasn't necessary for iPhone users to replace their sluggish phones, but state attorneys general led by Arizona found people saw no other choice. History has a way of repeating itself. Imagine if there is a shortage of Lithium, thus preventing consumers from replacing EV battery packs as scheduled, after 10 years of use.... Which EV manufacturers have a schedule that says EV batteries need to be replaced after 10 years of use? I have never heard of this. First, Lithium batteries DO NOT last forever. Things that affect battery health include time, high temperatures, operating at a high or low state of charge, high electric current, and usage. And you've heard of Tesla million mile battery, well it only has a lifespan of only 16 years.... https://www.inputmag.com/tech/a-tesla-supplier-says-its-made-an-ev-battery-that-can-last-16-years Tesla battery supplier CATL says it is ready to produce an electric car battery with a lifespan of 16 years or 1.2 million miles. Now for what others say: https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/battery-lifespan.html Battery Lifespan To compete with conventional vehicles, electric-drive vehicles (EDVs) and their batteries must perform reliably for 10 to 15 years in a variety of climates and duty cycles. https://earth911.com/eco-tech/your-ev-battery-its-life-and-afterlife/ Most EV batteries have an approximate lifespan of seven to 10 years and are warrantied for at least eight years and 100,000 miles. So, if you keep your EV long enough, you will eventually need to replace the battery. https://easyelectriclife.groupe.renault.com/en/day-to-day/charging/what-is-the-lifespan-of-an-electric-car-battery/ As a pioneer of electromobility, Groupe Renault estimates that the lifespan of its batteries – for automotive use – is around ten years. https://www.edfenergy.com/electric-cars/batteries Most manufacturers have a five to eight-year warranty on their battery. However, the current prediction is that an electric car battery will last from 10 – 20 years before they need to be replaced. https://www.myev.com/research/ev-101/how-long-should-an-electric-cars-battery-last The bottom line here is that if it’s properly cared for, an electric car’s battery pack should last for well in excess of 100,000 miles before its range becomes restricted. Consumer Reports estimates the average EV battery pack’s lifespan to be at around 200,000 miles, which is nearly 17 years of use if driven 12,000 miles per year. Consumer reports cant be taken seriously for all the FUD they spout about EVs in general and Tesla in particular, Anyhow milion miles Tesla battery is plenty for me,and in 10 years probably sooner batts will be way cheaper and more improved also no doubt as technology keeps on advancing. Cant stop progress. Now someone build me a bike like this pls :) https://youtu.be/0q_ufmHlWsA
free radical 05/04/21 07:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla 4680 batteries in the semi and Cybertruck https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51156822999_3d75b51a95_c.jpg That looks like copper,so no more lithium? China has over 500 EV manufacturers, https://youtu.be/3WyA4Zd1AGs
free radical 05/03/21 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Since we have no car shows here lets visit Shangai auto show https://youtu.be/yOvrzX5OnDk
free radical 05/01/21 08:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

I have no problems with an electric vehicle if it fit my needs. I have a few issues though. First, is the obsession with electronics and computer type controls replete with downloads and upgrades. My phones, computers, and everything else with a screen and software are always being obsolesced. Will we be crushing electric vehicles when their software is no longer supported? Second, is the destruction of America's view sheds with wind turbines. There is value in open vistas. Already, the east end of the Columbia River Gorge has suffered from wind turbine blight. I read a novel where the state claimed ownership of the sky shed and taxed businesses and people for solar appropriation. I can see that happening in the future. Good morning. Some EV manufacturers do over the air updates and as much as once per month. Other manufacturers never. The updates are seamless though, require little or no action on the drivers part and usually come with improvements and new features. Our car has changed quite a bit since we got it. Even the range is longer. One can opt to simply turn updates off though. Hope that helps. Do you not believe that once enough people can be held captive by the usage, manufacturers wont start a process of forced obsolescense? Apple tried and was caught with their I phones, Microslop has done it with their windows versions for years. When Musk needs more money than the Government will just give him, he will follow the same pattern. Supposed improvements in their "updates" will speed battery degradation, software updates for safety fixes will contain other things to speed vehicle replacements. Data on everywhere you go will be sold to deluge operators with advertising and marketing garbage. Musk dont care about money he doesnt even own a house. And besides Tesla his Space X makes enough. Then there are solar roofs, And huge battery storage systems,man lives for work,making the world better place. If you use Google your data and all info about you is already being sold and resold anyway. My nephew has 30 year old Micrososft windows pc and it still runs like a dream,go figure.
free radical 05/01/21 08:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Does not relate to camping? IMHO, recreational camping is pretty much a middle class, and often upper middle class activity. And it depends on a decent environment to enjoy it. So just like politics, everything can relate to camping. Most simple relationship I see is do your commuting and grocery getting in a EV, save the gas, and gas money for camping. Semi related, is all the talk about how great it is to have solar power on their RV. Why not use solar the rest of time in your house? Other threads discuss how to dry camp longer with the limited fresh water in tank. Anybody use the same ideas to save water in earth's much larger, but still limited fresh water tank? Reusing gray water is one way, Space station does that all the time. Im sure someone makes gizmo like that for Rvs and houses too,ask Google
free radical 04/30/21 10:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

https://www.protectthackerpass.org/info-2/ Tesla 70kWh car battery requires about 63kg / 138 pounds of lithium carbonate (Li2CO3). Lithium is present in Earth's crust at 2000-9000 ppm (0.2-0.9%) Producing one ton of lithium will require strip mining and processing between ~110 and 500 tons of Earth. Tesla would like to produce 20 million cars per year by 2030. 20 million * 138 pounds = 2,760,000,000 (2.7 billion pounds) = 1,380,000 tons of lithium carbonate per year to produce 20 million cars a year. Between 152 and 690 MILLION tons of Earth must be strip mined and processed to produce 1.38 MIlLION tons of lithium carbonate for 20 million cars. The Thacker Pass mine will produce 60,000 tons per year of battery-grade lithium carbonate over the life of the mine. Carbon emissions from the site would more than 150,000 tons per year (during Phase 2), roughly 2.3 tons of carbon for every ton of lithium that will be produced. That means 23 Thacker Pass mines would be needed to produce enough lithium carbonate for 20 million Teslas per year. Of course that doesn’t include the mines needed for the other materials in a battery, including cobalt and nickel. Thacker Pass mine would last at least 41 years, possibly longer. Even if reclamation were completely successful (unlikely), restoration of the site to its current condition — dominated by old-growth sagebrush — would not be complete until at least 2162. Timmo, none of that matters, If they can close their eyes and tell themselves that they are going "emmisions free" even though 60% of the available electricity in the US is from burning fossil fuels, do you think they wont tell themselves that the materials production isnt also "ALL GREEN". These folks still think Al Gore invented the interweb. And 100% electricity in Quebec is from Hydro dam,,get on board yanki bois :)
free radical 04/30/21 10:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cybertruck supersized charging space...

I'm sorry you were not taught to reason through that article. If you were able you would understand that even the article I posted that was promoting recycling Li-ion batteries was lamenting the facts that they ,,,, Are not recycled in large quanities only 5% of them in the US in 2019 Will see drastic increases in volume due to electric cars starting to age out. The smelting processes are exremely toxic to the air because all other elements are burned off and Sulphur is often found where cobalt is. (ever hear of acid rain) Many that are recycled are handled by re smelting the units causing the same emmission problems that they did when first smelted. Those not smelted are handled by chemicals such as sulfuric acid. Cobalt, nickel, manganese, and other metals found in batteries can readily leak from the casing of buried batteries and contaminate soil and groundwater, These are just a few of the problems being created by "clean energy". Something better needs to be found, these are not the answer, no matter how much money Musk and some others make from it. Now I'm sorrier that it must have a problem in understanding.:E So let me write slow and ask again to support your premise that the new EV/battery technology is worst than the ICE/petroleeum/oil industry it is displacing. Seems like Some of these EV haters get their fake news info at Big oil anti ev propaganda sites Lol Batery recycling https://www.globaltechenvironmental.com/recycling-services/battery-recycling/li-ion-battery-recycling https://www.lithionrecycling.com/faq-lithium-ion-baterry-recycling
free radical 04/29/21 09:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Spokesperson admits energy to charge cars comes from coal

If its profitable why is it bad? Because using tax money to compel the citizens to purchase a product that is unnecessary, harmful and wasteful only for the purpose of buying votes, is a bad thing. No one is forcing anyone to buy anything. It is clear that by year 5 a Bev is better for the world than an ice. I guess some cannot see the woods for the trees. Ethanol has been pushed on us and taxes to fund the EV debacle have been pushed on us. I think people should pay their own way and get out of the pockets of others. What SUCKS is paying MORE for Ethanol free gas. Subsidized Ethanol costs us all $$$. See IF you drove EV you wouldnt need to buy gas ! :)
free radical 04/29/21 08:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Spokesperson admits energy to charge cars comes from coal

Another false argument posed was the cost associated with shipping the EV batteries. What is the difference in costs associated with shipping a EV drivetrain (battery and motors) vs an ICE drivetrain (motor and transmission)? Don’t forget about the water consumed to produce the ethanol in a gal of gasoline; corn based ethanol production is a water intensive process. The arguments against something new is almost always about what’s wrong with the new and not about what the net change will be with the new replacing the current. Ethanol doesn't belong in the argument. The greenies forced that debacle on us, and once the farmers found out how profitable it is for them... It is now impossible to get rid of it, even though it never made any sense. You dont make any sense, If its profitable why is it bad? Fwiw Hemp for example can be grown very quickly and at low cost and made into biodiesel and old Henry Ford actualy did just that, Until oil corporations forced Goverment to make hemp ilegal,and here we are. Hemp can be made into degradable plastic products and fabric,ropes and even car body stronger then steel and lighter too,and no you cant get high smoking hemp. Hemp car https://youtu.be/srgE6Tzi3Lg Hemp products https://youtu.be/WsE712GwT9U
free radical 04/27/21 09:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Spokesperson admits energy to charge cars comes from coal

Assuming: 22lbs of lithium per Tesla battery 500,000gals of water to mine 1 metric ton of lithium 5.2gals of water to produce 1 gal of gasoline A car with 30mpg driving about 28,000 miles will have consumed enough water (for the gasoline used) to be equivalent to the water consumed to mine the lithium in one Tesla battery. Even IF that was correct,so what, theres more water then land on earth !
free radical 04/27/21 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: If it works for EV commercial trucks will it work for EVRVs

Wonder how those EV tow trucks will make noise/racket like pre '03 5.9 Cummins or Fords 6.9/7.3 PSD..... or the roar from noisy exhaust systems. Some folks gonna' have withdrawal pains. With Tesla one can download any sound you want https://youtu.be/M_e8k6V5Xvg
free radical 04/27/21 08:25pm General RVing Issues
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