Grousing Again

Had a nice afternoon. Took a couple of walks in the bush. Not a grouse in sight.

Oh, well. We got some exercise and fellowship. Talked a bit about firearms, hunting and electric vehicles. We agreed electric cars are neat but not optimal for some people. I still have a few questions before I sign up for mine. I may consult with TLW to be assured she will never demand to drive it although she getting her own is an option. If you have a charging facility at home, we don’t need to charge two at once. That would be even more economical. I’m going to research using solar/wind for the charging. All I need are the specs on the input to the charging circuit, minimum applied voltage, minimum current etc. If I can recharge in 24h instead of 3-6h I can save a bundle on equipment and still get the benefits of being electric.

TLW would have an interesting advantage… She would have an excuse for not doing errands for the kids and their kids and… We should retire and let the world take care of itself. She spends ~$3K per annum on fuel. An electric car could pay for itself in a few years. She’s already owned the Lexus for a decade and paid more than thrice for it in insurance, oil-changes, tire-changes, repairs and fuel. Electric is looking pretty good. I’ll give her some numbers…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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10 Responses to Grousing Again

  1. dougman wrote, “that thing has no safety crumple zones, first idiot that hits you, you’re dead”.

    Not at all. The heavy stuff is all behind and beneath the driver. The body is built much like a racing car, nice and light with lots of crushable structures. The steering column in particular has a crushable section. It’s built to North American safety standards.

    There is somewhat greater risk in riding in a lighter vehicle but it’s also smaller and so should have fewer collisions. There has been a general trend in the direction of smaller vehicles anyway so the likelihood is a collision also with a small vehicle. It’s a little higher risk than getting struck by lightning but I am a defensive driver so I’m not too concerned.

  2. dougman says:

    $20k CAD??

    LMAO…that thing has no safety crumple zones, first idiot that hits you, you’re dead. NO thanks, I rather procure a junker and run it off wood-gas.

    Seriously, I like to know how you will save money here. As your electric bill will go up from charging this thing.

  3. Deaf Spy says:

    After Odroid C2, I see Robert is ready to experiment further with TLW. 🙂

  4. dougman wrote, “you may want to check your ads”.

    If M$ wants to subsidize my site they are welcome that far. Just the fact that they feel the need to advertise means we’ve come a long way. I remember a time when the only advertising they did was to inspire long lines of shoppers to form at retail outlets for their next releases… Boy those were the old days…

  5. dougman wrote, “(stop functioning ≠ extra capacity) ∴ what I stated stands.”

    Batteries don’t “stop” at low temperatures until the electrolyte freezes. The voltage does decline with temperature however. If a system stops below a certain voltage then there’s a problem. Otherwise it’s just a decline in performance. The car I’m looking at is rated to -35C. A dealership in Winnipeg would not last long if that were untrue. I will have to take a few trips at such temperatures but it’s not a serious concern. It takes hours for something massive to cool out if protected from wind. My trips take only an hour or two, say half hour of driving, a pause and then another half hour of driving. By then I would be close to home even if it conked out. I love a bit of adventure. It keeps me young.

  6. Deaf Spy says:

    Pecunia non olet, Dougie…

  7. dougman says:

    By the way, not to be a “grouse” or anything, but *ahem*, you may want to check your ads.

  8. dougman says:

    (stop functioning ≠ extra capacity) ∴ what I stated stands.

  9. dougman wrote, “at –20°C (–4°F) most batteries stop functioning”.

    We compensate for that by having extra capacity. The car I’m looking at works to -35C. My garage rarely gets that low and the battery warms in use. My car started reliably at -40C last time we got that cold.

  10. dougman says:

    ” I’m going to research using solar/wind for the charging.”

    Double or triple your power requirement, which will double or triple your costs.

    Additionaly, a battery that provides 100 percent capacity at 27°C (80°F) will typically deliver only 50 percent at –18°C (0°F) and at –20°C (–4°F) most batteries stop functioning.

    Electric cars in frigid temperature reduces the available mileage. This loss is not only caused by heating the cabin electrically but by the inherent slowing of the battery’s electrochemical reaction, which reduces the capacity while cold.

    Enjoy your dead battery.

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