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    running vehicles by batteries nowadays are welcome by most economic countries both for emission free as well as cost effective.
    i suggest to run all the vehicles from a small cycle to big car and truck should run on mini sized batteries like li-in, li-mhd, and they should be charged by some other fuel mechanism voltage (pulsating dc)generation. so that the vehicle should go for a long distance for an economic amount of fuel. but includes hybrid power that we are going to change once in an year or two. i want to make petrol pumped voltage generator in miniature size to charge the batteries which is used to run cycles, motor bikes, small trucks,car, van may be useful to keep our earth green.
    0 Comments »  Posted by sabari on 9/7/2011 4:52 AM
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    Hello everyone, i'm not a car or electric or mechanic engeneer, so..
    I've been interested in electric cars since a couple of years, i live in italy and the price of gasoline and the density of traffic makes efficient electric cars sexy, but we're italians and we're lazy and like to enjoy things, they have to really sexy, or we won't use/buy them.
    Well, apart from this, i wanted to make some points and share some things about my idea of the next vehicle i'd like (excuse my poor language/grammar)
    I've read a couple of posts here and i bring back two facts: 
    1) Multiple source power generation (from the turbine topic) and 
    2) On board electric power generation via a "fuel generator" (charging car with petrol topic).
    I'm not an engeneer and never did the math, so i might be wrong, but having an electric car going for a long distance (let's say a long journey here, 8h @ 100km/h) just by battery charge is not feasible. That's why they were talking about a network of recharge (or battery swapping) stations dense enough to let that be possible. Would i buy an electric car under this conditions? No. Because i don't believe the charging network density will be safe, i believe i could remain without power in a dark and cold and rainy night in a forest because i took the wrong turn with 1/3 of charge left and then got lost, so i don't feel safe. My car has a full tank range of 900km more or less, that's safe. (By the way, i am considering getting a small citycar(200km range, 80kmh, 2people, sexy, link later in the post) converted into electric, if i just could do the car papers in a reasonable time for the conversion, here in italy it's not really possible :(  )
    But that doesen't mean we have to trash everything. Electric motors for example are good, coz they are cheap, easy to mantain and durable. The problem is where does the electricity come from? How about we don't stress having too many batteries but keep them for a reasonable commuting use and embed then in the car (or truck or van) one or mor electric generators running on .. something.. ? 
    Like gasoline, like hydrogen, like gas, like biodiesel, like frying oil. 
    Have it modular, so we can swap our little gasoline generator with our brand new greener generator when it's gonna be available. 
    ->Why on board energy generation : Batteries just won't last long enough to feel safe, but you can keep replenishing them as you go, if you need (or you can stop at the recharge station if can).
    ->Why more than one electric source: We have seen plenty of electric cars with solar panels on the roof. What if it rains and you need to go. What if it snows and you need to go. I have experience with this problem from a nautical point of view and there the medium long range cruiser has a 220v intake for when it's moored, solar panels for when there's sun, wind generator for when there's wind. What if there's a cloudy rainy no-wind day (and that's when you want power for the reading light and the radio)? Luxury boats have a gasoline el. generator.
    Going back to the point, solar panels aren't enough, but they are something. 220v intake is slow but it's something. Gasoline generator sucks because we're trying to get rid of it but it's something, like a spare tire. Green generator would be better. If you put these all together and make it modular, swappable, replaceable so one can choose the best for his needs, then i think i would buy that.
    I made my points, now let me share with you the car i'd like to own if i had the money and the chance to make it road legal:
    it's light and it has a good aerodynamic
    it's everywhere in italy -> cheap spare parts
    it's small -> perfect for the city
    it's sexy
    Hope i've been on some help, let's keep the revolution going
    0 Comments »  Posted by FrancescoChiot1 on 1/10/2014 9:00 AM
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    Chrysler during the 1960's demonstrated a car that would run on almost any liquid that contained some hydrocarbons.........motor oil, hair tonic, perfume, cooking oil, terpintine, had a turbine for an engine........but it quietly died........i guess because of big oil............

    it would be fantastic if the on-board computer could analize the fuel in the tank and adjust the engine controls to operate efficently on that fuel...........naturally there would be only certain fuels that thevehicle could use.......but it would make refuling a lot easier if one could have choices while driving to be able to fill up witrh what's available.
    13 Comments »  Posted by e_sc on 12/9/2008 10:05 AM
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    I now live in Iowa, the center of the Grain Belt.  Because I am aware of the insanity of petroleum-based agriculture, and the untenable dependence our American transportation infrastructure has on oil, I am planning on starting a Iowa Idea Initiative website, with an intitial focus on implementing the farming of hemp here in the Midwest.
    This is my first time visiting LincVolt, but I understand your concept utilizes biodiesel.  My idea of promoting hemp-farming, as a source of sensible energy, plays right into your hand.
    It is high time(no pun intended) that our legislators get reasonable on the subject of the prohibition of agricultural hemp.  I intend on helping to change the status quo.
    1 Comment »  Posted by bobby on 8/29/2010 11:51 AM
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    Dear Mr. Neil Young,

    I don't know if you'll remember me or not, but we met in Rocker, Montana (at a gas station) while holding a sign that said "Out of gas! Anything helps!" with four other lovely youngsters. My name is Liz Crandall. The others you met go by the names of Felicia, Garrison, J.C., and Rachel. One of your nice lads came over to us in a NASA shirt and glasses and claimed to be the camera man of your crew. He asked us if we want to make a qucik $20 bucks in exchange for doing an interview about electric cars. We agreed merrily and skipped over to your awesome Lincoln space car. We explained how we were traveling musicians and were heading anywhere, anytime. We all looked into your camera rather comically and agreed that we approved ourselves in your documentary. (I still want to see it, by the way!)
    Anyways, you're probably wondering why on earth I'm saying this, but I just want you to know you inspire our generation in more ways I thought possible. My boyfriend, J.C., and I wattended the most recent Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View on the day of Tom Waits. You are not only an incredible musician, but an outstanding fatehr to your son. Your wife is also a huge inspiration. And very sweet!
    There's a music "program" that started at my foermer high school when I was in the 10th grade in 2009. It's called the Friday Lunch Jam and it's, as it explains in the title, every Friday afternoon at lunch. Last friday marked its 100th jam session, where the notorious Matt Love, the founder and crazy amazing English teacehr sang your song, "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World" for the second time. (The first time was the very first Friday Lunch Jam.)
    Mr. Young, the Special Education program at Newport High School, Oregon put on an epic show. I urge you to check it out, for people like you deserve to see the specific impacts you've made on our generation.
    Here is the link to the amazing video:
    You are truly a fantastic human being, Mr. Young.
    Keep on rockin' in the free world, and please understand how much I appreciate your life.
    Liz Crandall
    Freelance rocker, traveler, reader and concert dancer.

    0 Comments »  Posted by LizCrandall1 on 3/3/2014 12:42 AM
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    Not an idea,but a warning of what could transpire if we continue generating power in large,centralized plants.Getting our power this way is more and more risky,from hackers killing power for millions to such events as geomagnetic storms,which threaten the very fabric of modern civilization:
    0 Comments »  Posted by Newbeak on 1/26/2014 2:15 PM
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    Dear LincVolt Team,
    I've heard from you and others in the LincVolt community that you're looking forward to using the LincVolt system on a lighter, more aerodynamic vehicle. I think I've got an opportunity for you.
    I've got a 77 Camaro Type LT: she's a hell of a car, but being a coldblooded one, too, I can't help the feeling of guilt everytime I have to floor the gas to start her up... Car guys and gals out there, you know what that's like. You feel like you're ripping another hole in the ozone everytime. She's a hell of a car, but she's not a clean car.
    Granted, I grow and plant a lot of trees to reforest areas affected by wildfires here in Colorado, but it's better to take care of the problem at its root than to put a bandage over it.
    In the summer of 2016, I'll be departing to do service on a six year contract. So if you're interested, and willing to talk, I'd be more than happy to let you guys experiment on her. I trust you guys. And granted, if you can do that with a Lincoln Continental, I'd love to see what you could do with a second generation Camaro. Hopefully when I come back I can test her for myself, too.
    Feel free to contact me.
    0 Comments »  Posted by EliasArana2 on 10/27/2013 2:35 PM
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    The technology for this exists now. Everywhere there are bridges, the weight of the vehicles passing over the roadway could be converted to electricity. This is how truck scales are powered. New York City's RFK Bridge would be a good site because it is above Randall's Island, a city owned site where battery storage and transmission lines could be sited, and it is very near a Con Ed power plant, with a link to the grid already in place. All cars have to slow as  they pass over the tolls.  
    0 Comments »  Posted by CharlesEgleston1 on 9/22/2013 6:32 PM
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    I have a couple of ideas that may help improve efficiency.
    1. set the computer to run the generator at its most efficient rpm.
    This should be somewhere around the peak of the torque curve I believe.
    2. Use a generator of the appropriate size to produce slightly more power than needed to maintain the speed of the vehicle on flat terrain.
    3. Most importantly incorporate thermoelectric converters with an active cooling system for heat to electric conversion.
    This cooling system should incorporate either dry ice suspended in alcohol or liquid nitrogen.
    The effect of the active cooling system will have several benefits.
    A. Increase the thermal difference across the TEC, increasing the electrical output.
    B. The addition of active cooling will enable electric generation from the heat exchangers even when the engine is not running and at ambient temperature.
    C. If the cooling system is effective enough it will improve the base efficiency of the TEC by reducing one junctions Seebeck coefficient to zero or super conductor status.
    D. Reduce the temperature of the TEC enough to prevent damage from severe heat.
    E. If liquid nitrogen is used then you are tapping into one of the most abundant substances on earth.
    F. Liquid nitrogen is produced from the fractional distillation of air and is a byproduct of the manufacture of oxygen.  
    G. This could even be developed into a new way of thinking about energy: Using a cold source to absorb ambient thermal solar energy.
    H. The waste cold from the evaporated coolant could be used to provide free air conditioning.
    I hope these ideas are useful and help to reach the goal.
    0 Comments »  Posted by LesHaven1 on 9/5/2013 8:51 AM
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    Dear Mr. Young,

         A while back while working at an old car restoration shop on a twin of your Lincvolt I saw an article about your car.  As a car "nut" and collector it  gave me hope of being able to drive my car into the future.
         I figure the trunk of my 65 ford galaxie should be approximately the same size as Lincvolt .
         As always thanks for thinking outside the box.



    0 Comments »  Posted by "Russell on 5/30/2011 3:23 AM
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