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2020-11-17 Tesla Batteries And Supply Constraints

The manufacturing of Electric Vehicles and grid scale storage are constrained by the amounts of batteries that can be supplied by the battery makers around the world. The early Tesla EVs used the ubiquitous 18650 lithium ion cells, something like 6000 per vehicle. In order to reduce costs and weight Tesla went to the larger

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2020-10-21 Wiring Harnesses And Automation

I worked at a company that built automated test equipment for assembling cables and wiring harnesses. During the year I was there they sent reps to Detroit to help GM build wiring harnesses for Buicks. This was in 1980 and GM was using relays to implement the logic system to assure that the wiring harness

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2020-10-10 Mercedes Will Electrify by 2022

By 2022, Daimler Benz will have an electric version for every model. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ «By 2040, 54% of new car sales and 33% of the global car fleet will be electric. Electric vehicle outlook 2017 Bloomberg New Energy Finance» ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2020-10-03 Tesla And Hydrogen

My comment to a YouTube video. Like Tom says, “in my opinion…” There will be an upward trend in the production of green hydrogen and consequently a downward trend in the cost per kg. Large fleets of heavy vehicles can be converted from diesel to hydrogen, and it has the advantage of faster refueling than

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2020-09-28 Big Marine Engine Is Dual Fuel, Diesel Or Hydrogen

It’s amazing how there are plans for the near future for dual fuel engines that can use diesel or hydrogen. These engines can be used for railroads or marine, or for generating electricity. The 1 MW engine is equivalent to about 1350 HP. Here is a quote from this article: >> At a press event,

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2020-09-25 Anaheim Will Get Electric Buses

The electric vehicle revolution is already happening. Hopefully it will occur much quicker that 2035, which is when Gov. Newsom has signed a law mandating all new vehicles sold must be zero polluting. The only problem is people are avoiding mass transit systems because of CoVID19. I’ve read that ridership is down. That should change

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2020-09-21 Hydrogen Fuel Cells V. Battery Electric Vehicles

My take in a comment >> @mfhberg Said, “[Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles] will die…” Right now, it looks like Toyota’s Mirai, Hyundai and Honda all have a sizeable stake in the HFC market future. These are not backyard grease monkeys, these are car companies that have done a lot research and development. Toyota has had

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2020-09-12 Hydrogen Fuel Cells Add Excessive Complexity, Cost

This doesn’t seem to be good for Toyota FCEV, Honda FCX or Hyundai. Toyota has been making FCEVs for more than 2 decades. It would seem they would know what the realities were and are regarding FCEVs. The Honda FCX Concept in 1999 and FCX Clarity from 2008. The future of heavy vehicles, trains airplanes

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2020-09-08 Nikola GM Partnership; Hydrogen

From my comments. From what I’ve seen, Nikola is really trying to get rolling with heavy trucks with hydrogen. That’s where Milton doesn’t have to compete with Tesla. The badger pickup with batteries is kind of a hard sell because it will be competing with Tesla, and that’s nearly an impossibility without some biggie like

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2020-09-06 Tesla Alien Dreadnought Giga Shanghai

Some time lapse videos of the Gigafactory Shanghai, Tesla EVs coming off the production line like crazy! Just turn off the sound – he’s not saying anything new and he’s hard to understand. Watch those robot arms go like crazy!

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