Can you image how frustrating it feels to be paralysed with so many hobbies not being learned and enjoyed.
Looking back at the history of electric vehicle ‘production’ “the golden years” from
1890 – 1920 when petrol engines overtook battery usability and convenience. Porsche [image below] was winning races and setting distance records with his Lohner-Porsche produced 1900-1905 which was studied by Boeing and NASA and formed the template for
the development of the Luna Rover.
Today we see car companies edging forward with staged developments selling one product after another. Only moving forward with government funding and careful not to loose their counter bribes
from the oil industry. I am not fooled and neither is anyone that knows the history.
Today with petrol and diesel car engines facing bans in Europe 2025 and in other places following, the car makers are moving faster forward.
Also some credit should go to Elon Musk for his no bullshit push for a cleaner future. Tesla has [despite its production problems] impressed and wetted the appetites of car buyers of all types, including the petrol speed heads.
the problem with electric cars is battery charge power, range and life. Secondly battery life itself has an as yet unrealised second expense because they slump into middle age after only 4-6 years and need replacing. Batteries will keep improving but they
will never [foreseeable future] be good enough to GT Bentley Continental from Berlin to Saint Tropez in one Rouche!
But this is where the Miles O’Brien in me grabs some new stuff of the shelf today and says “if
we put these together Jim, I think we could get there.”
Dyson is about to launch his £2 billion pound start up to make his first car [image 1] I think he will go for a battery floor unit with one motor driving
the front wheels and by reducing [not needing Ludicrous speed] power use, he will get 400-500 miles out of one charge.
It is funny that it was Dyson that gave me this idea: His little low energy “powerful ‘digital’
electric motor” created for his hand held hoover. ‘Small, powerful, low-energy.’
We know about the fabled perpetual motion engine [perfect until it is exposed to use torque reduction.]
Imagine if you will – A small block of batteries to power a small modern low-energy use medium torque electric motor attached to a DC generator crank drive – The DC generator is run up to peek performance
[usually 1500-1800 revs] and product chosen produces enough power to run the drive/drives motors, power the cabin and charge the battery pack.
This would give unlimited range and when you arrive the starter battery pack will
be fully charged.
Charging point and a solar panel roof would give second and third sources of battery charge.
Just a project for someone with a drive and a garage to knock up a test proving
heap. A front wheel drive van or an old Volvo estate would be perfect to test and prove concept through the rear wheels leaving the engine and front wheels un-altered for conveniant use.
Business opportunity: 1) A company
could be set up to both convert any car to this set-up from off the shelf products [research completed] 2) The R&D and intellectual property and company could be sold [to whichever] 3) A varied line of sourced bespoke component propulsion set up's could
made made available for sales to car / vehicle manufacturers. 4) A race vehicle / record setting demo could be created and [with the right set-up of DC generator and drive motors] would [initially] flummox everybody.