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Slideshow: Focus Electric Vehicle Hits Production Line

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Alexander Wolfe
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Mainstream hits the market
Alexander Wolfe   1/3/2012 9:08:43 AM
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I think one underestimated aspect of this launch is that it's taking a mainstream, well-known and accepted vehicle, and in essence porting it over to the electric platform side. I think this augers well for market acceptance, and may go part way towards breaking through the consumer resistance barrier Chuck has written about so eloquently. Of course, the proof will be in the sales figures.

Charles Murray
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Re: Emergency Power?
Charles Murray   1/3/2012 9:45:54 PM
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Jack: As far as I know, there isn't much you can do except get towed. See this story about test drivers who tried out BMW's Mini E in 2010:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1366&doc_id=210936

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: Emergency Power?
Jack Rupert, PE   1/22/2012 1:47:36 PM
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Thanks for the link, Charles, I didn't see that story.  That's just what I was afaid of - there is currently no good fix for what could be a common problem.  At least gas mileage is fairly consistent over the environmental range.  I would hope that at least someone could come up with a "quick charge" that would allow you to obtain enough charge to get a few miles to the nearest gas station (electron station?).

Charles Murray
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Re: Emergency Power?
Charles Murray   1/26/2012 10:49:27 PM
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That's a great idea, Jack. Do you think that could be done in a safe manner, or would there be high-voltage issues?

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: Emergency Power?
Jack Rupert, PE   1/28/2012 3:04:20 PM
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My background is not in portable power, but I would think that if someone could design a speciallized battery or quick-tranfer device, you could have a mechanical safety interlock to cover the connections.  Even today's gas power vehicles aren't 100% safe for the emergency restarts.  You can send yourself to the hospital if you don't know what your doing on a jump start and I don't know too many people that would want to carry a spare gas can in their car all the time.

mhughes
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Re: Charging scam
mhughes   7/18/2012 10:09:15 AM
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When will your plans be available?

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