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Slideshow: BMW Unveils Premium Electric Car

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NadineJ
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Re: High priced electrics
NadineJ   8/1/2013 1:05:14 PM
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It's nice to see someone bring up the fact that most electricity comes from coal.

But, I read somewhere that most EV owners prefer "clean" power and would pay extra for solar or wind powered charging stations.

NadineJ
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NadineJ   8/1/2013 1:10:19 PM
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You're right.  The Eco-toy market is dominant.  I listened to a panel discussion with many who were instrumental in getting the first Earth Day up and running.  They lamented the fact that the holiday is just another opportunity for consumerism.

On a lighter note--The funniest thing I've ever seen on a Prius was a license plate that read "PIOUS". 

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Re: city car
Bunter   8/1/2013 1:27:46 PM
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Hi Nadine,

It has always amused me that they chose Lenin's birthday for earthday.

That soemone would put that on their own Prius is hilarious.  Some folks act like all Prius owners are eco-nazis but most of them just seem to want an affordable mid-size car that gets great mpg.  And that is why, IMO, it dominates the market-the combination of price, utility and mileage is the best.

However my VFR800 get similar mpg and puts a grin on my face every day.  My "Eco-toy".

Smirk.

TTFN

Dennis

Charles Murray
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Re: city car
Charles Murray   8/1/2013 7:13:24 PM
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That's a great license plate, Nadine. Apparently, Prius owners have a good sense of humor. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" did a show poking fun at Prius owners, even though Larry David himself is a Prius owner and an avowed environmental activist.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-05-04-larry-david_x.htm

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   8/1/2013 7:14:59 PM
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Yes, Bunter, taxi cab fleets want that combination of price, utility and mileage that you describe. That's why so many cabs are now Priuses.

etmax
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etmax   8/1/2013 9:35:16 PM
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I have to ask an engineering question here, if it has so much carbon fibre that it has 90km range with a 22kWhr battery, then what does its wind surface to weight ration look like? What I'm getting at is I drive a 1.5t 3.0l powered petrol car (which does get quite good economy on the highway) and when I'm driving at 100kph and I get a 100kph wind gust from the side I feel a real tug on the steering. In my wife's 900kg petrol car I feel the tug a little stronger. What happens in this car that looks like it might be the size of a medium SUV and maybe weighs only 70% of its traditional sister when that happens? Just a thought.

Burghermeister
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Burghermeister   8/2/2013 6:00:17 AM
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The question of why you get so much feedback in the wheel...a sideways tug with side windload is not only a function of the weight, but also a function of the suspension setup and the location of aerodynamic center of gravity (ACG) relative to the mass/physical (CG) location.  This is not magic, it is all related to applied phyics. 

If you are an engineering person or have taken physics, remember the free body diagrams.  There 3 mutually perpendicular axes of the vehicle to consider a vertical axis (yaw axis), a longitudinal axis (roll axis), and cross body axis (pitch axis) which all originate from the vehicle CG in 3D.

Remember the concept of forces applied at a distance of leverage creating a torque moment?  Think now in terms of vehicle response in a rotational mode around the yaw axis located at the CG, these are the torque moments that will generate steering feedback. The net torque moment will be fed back through the steering mechanism for the driver to experience. 

If the ACG is aligned with the CG, there is no net rotational torque moment to create feedback into the steering mechanism, and there will be merely sideload roll torque around the imaginary vehicle axis running parallel to the wheels..  The location of roll torque moment relative to vehicle CG around that logitudinal roll axis....in combination with spring/bushing stiffnes will dictate the amount of roll response of the vehicle to side winds. 

BMW certainly should have designed the suspension properly in consideration of the above, and the Center of Gravity (CG) of the vehicle should be very low with batteries and motor assembly sitting low on the vehicle. 

 

Driving the final vehicle will tell you how they did at dealing with the vehicle dynamics/physics. 

 

Burghermeister

Burghermeister
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Burghermeister   8/2/2013 6:53:21 AM
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I actually oversimplified the explanation in my previous post by leaving out the fact that air is a compressible medium, and its net effects change with velocity, surface area, roughness, etc....

This is helps account for that fact in addition to the net effects I previously described.

http://www.ara.bme.hu/oktatas/letolt/Vehicleaerodyn/Vehicleaerodyn.pdf

 

Burghermeister

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/2/2013 8:27:09 AM
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That is a great license plate for a Prius driver, Nadine! Nice to see even the eco-minded types have a sense of humor (as I assume it is meant to be sarcastic, right? :)) On the earth day note, yes, it doesn't take much for any U.S. holiday, even one meant to celebrate nature, can become a reason to buy and sell things. :(

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   8/2/2013 7:15:10 PM
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That's an excellent question, etmax -- one that applies to virtually every vehicle with a carbon fiber body. Unfortunately, it's not one that I'm likely to get an answer to. I checked BMW's 24-page press release and it doesn't even give the drag coefficient (as far as I can tell), let alone the wind-surface-to-weight-ratio. Sorry.

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