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  • 130
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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, etc........it 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:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkn0WxvyXvc&list=UUjQWS9oO7DihB6XEW1yy7BQ
    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.
    Sincerely,
    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: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/a-perfect-storm-of-planetary-proportions/0
    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.
    -Elias
    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.

                                Sincerely,

                                Mike

     
    0 Comments »  Posted by "Russell on 5/30/2011 3:23 AM
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    Hello Mr. Young,

    Had a secondary (aka "rechargeable") battery for your LincVolt. Here are the specs:

    8 Volts
    373 Ah
    2.987 kWh
    99.17Wh/Kg
    30.12 Kg
    $163/kWh
    10.125" x 7.000" x 9.750" 

    Contact:

    SolarMan350
    solarman350@gmail.com



    0 Comments »  Posted by solarman350 on 11/18/2011 8:07 PM
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    I am not sure but I think something happening now in the Central Interior of British Columbia Canada may be a real start and a great thing for Lincvolt to check out. I found info at http://www.bluekeyenergy.ca/process.html
    Just a thought.
    0 Comments »  Posted by TomBulmer1 on 7/26/2013 10:27 AM
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