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Old 2nd June 2015, 09:45 AM
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Following the Tesla testdrives at the annual meet you might want to watch this video on youtube showing the option to swap the battery instead of waiting for it to be charged.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5V0vL3nnHY
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Old 2nd June 2015, 10:06 AM
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Quite a good comparison for this demographic

This is exactly what you and I were talking about at the meet, at the time I didn't know that Tesla were doing this.

Once this process becomes mainstream, and even better if the various manufacturers all shared the same battery tech making it more cost effective to roll out across the country we should see the Electric car sales take off exponentially.

Better hope the Grid can keep up......
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The interesting thing about mass uptake of electric vehicles is the way they could provide a place to store the excess power that comes from our power stations and wind farms. Similar to the Cruachan or Snowdonia pumped hydroelectric power stations.

Also.......
Toyota are launching a (remarkably hideous even for them) hydrogen fuel cell car.
If this approach can be made to work, and if takes off, it has the potential to be a bigger step forward than the pure electric battery cars.

The future is with us
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Whoever can successfully crack hydrogen powered vehicles will make a fortune. It has to be the future.
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Whoever can successfully crack hydrogen powered vehicles will make a fortune. It has to be the future.

I've been cracking methane for years
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Surely, whoever can make petrol from electricity will be the winner?

After all, it "should" just need CO2 from the atmosphere and water plus some energy........

Edit: It's been thought of before of course..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20003650
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An interesting comparison

http://tonyseba.com/toyota-vs-tesla-...tric-vehicles/
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20bhp more than the standard R8 V10 plus..... and still slower to 60 than the Tesla....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Audi-R8-5-...item46381bdd08

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Isn't the C7 RS6 we were driving on Saturday more powerful than that? 578PS vs 570?
Heavier, obviously.... but only 0.1 secs slower to 60mph.
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I didn't realise the Tesla was an aluminium (or, as the Americans would say, Aloominum) vehicle, like the A8/S8.

Found this new video interesting, posted on YouTube yesterday:

How it's Made - Dream Cars - Tesla Model S
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMdZ8FCDJ9w

Just goes to show how heavy those batteries must be: Lightweight aluminium body, no big heavy engine, smaller (presumably?) than an '8 and yet it weighs, what, something like 2.2 tons?

Imagine how much faster it will be when better battery technology brings lighter batteries!
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