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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 11:25 AM


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With four rotating tires as generators, why is there no tech on the cars recharging themselves when driven?


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Regenerative braking is an energy recovery mechanism which slows a vehicle or object by converting its kinetic energy into a form which can be either used immediately or stored until needed. In this mechanism the electric motor uses the vehicle's momentum to recover energy that would be otherwise lost to the brake discs as heat. This contrasts with conventional braking systems, where the excess kinetic energy is converted to unwanted and wasted heat by friction in the brakes, or with dynamic brakes, where energy is recovered by using electric motors as generators but is immediately dissipated as heat in resistors. In addition to improving the overall efficiency of the vehicle, regeneration can greatly extend the life of the braking system as its parts do not wear as quickly.




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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 11:48 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
With four rotating tires as generators, why is there no tech on the cars recharging themselves when driven?


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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 11:51 AM


That's what I was thinking!
Seriously, even if just 50% effective, you still aren't stuck with a dead battery at the end of 200 miles or whatever a Tesla range is. Another 100 miles will get you to Guerrero Negro, lol!

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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 01:49 PM


What I want is a battery powered generator! :P



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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 02:14 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
What I want is a battery powered generator! :P


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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 04:38 PM


My daughter and friend showed up last week in a Tesla 3, heading for Mammoth.
I got a few minutes behind the wheel....
YOweeZoweee.....never felt anything like that acceleration and I have driven race cars and fast cars all my life.
Also, it sort of 'self drove' down the highway for a lot of miles without any drifting.
Now the bad new..... they had to stop in Sonora and Groveland to make it over to Hiway 395.
It really did not like that 10,000 foot elevation gain, coming home it was no problem for re-juicing the thing.
Not exactly a "Baja cruiser" at this point,
Especially where the power comes from generators.
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[*] posted on 1-10-2019 at 06:06 PM


Electric cars are fine for the 100-200 miles distances they can travel. It is a step in eliminating fossil fuel vehicles but I think the future will be with hydrogen power.
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[*] posted on 1-14-2019 at 04:55 PM


I shared the map at the top of the thread with my daughter, the Tesla informed member of the family.
She smiled and said, "Dad, all of those green markers are not supercharger stations. Best case they charge at 50 miles per hour of charge time, so plan to spend the night at each charging spot."
Apparently there are no superchargers yet built in Baja, although some on the mainland are on line. (Note the orange markers)
Maybe this is for the best, if you are a Baja lover,
cuz it will take you 10 days to go to the tip and back.
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[*] posted on 1-15-2019 at 05:48 AM


Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
Electric cars are fine for the 100-200 miles distances they can travel. It is a step in eliminating fossil fuel vehicles but I think the future will be with hydrogen power.


Agreed. I am however seeing more charging stations on the Central Coast.




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[*] posted on 1-15-2019 at 12:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by thebajarunner  
I got a few minutes behind the wheel....
YOweeZoweee.....never felt anything like that acceleration and I have driven race cars and fast cars all my life.


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[*] posted on 1-15-2019 at 12:12 PM


i'd like to actually see a pic of one of these "charging stations" in baja

maybe a long extension cord from the building?




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[*] posted on 1-15-2019 at 12:15 PM


Do all electric cars use the same electrical plug?
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[*] posted on 1-15-2019 at 10:04 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bob and Susan  
i'd like to actually see a pic of one of these "charging stations" in baja

maybe a long extension cord from the building?

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They look like the ones in the states. A pedestal where the car parks. Not close to the building. The source cable is underground to the pedestal. The one I saw at a resort had 3 pedestals one Tesla and two SAE.
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[*] posted on 1-16-2019 at 11:00 AM


Here is an electric car charging guide. A lot of good info.
https://chargehub.com/en/electric-car-charging-guide.html
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[*] posted on 1-16-2019 at 02:34 PM


somebody needs to be the first to drive the whole length of Baja on battery power! It would be their claim to fame, probably end up on their tombstone, almost certainly in their obituary!
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[*] posted on 1-16-2019 at 06:12 PM


And now Ford has announced that they'll be making both a hybrid and an all-electric version of the F150. Amazing what a little marketing from the competition will do. https://electrek.co/2019/01/16/ford-all-electric-f150-pickup...




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[*] posted on 1-16-2019 at 06:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DanO  
And now Ford has announced that they'll be making both a hybrid and an all-electric version of the F150. Amazing what a little marketing from the competition will do. https://electrek.co/2019/01/16/ford-all-electric-f150-pickup...


Marketing did not change their mind. The future is now. The world is going electric!

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[*] posted on 1-16-2019 at 06:53 PM


Good deal. Out of curiosity, what wattage and how many solar panels do you have for your home? I think solar is the way to go.

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Quote: Originally posted by DanO  
And now Ford has announced that they'll be making both a hybrid and an all-electric version of the F150. Amazing what a little marketing from the competition will do. https://electrek.co/2019/01/16/ford-all-electric-f150-pickup...


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[*] posted on 1-17-2019 at 07:51 AM


Quote: Originally posted by caj13  
somebody needs to be the first to drive the whole length of Baja on battery power! It would be their claim to fame, probably end up on their tombstone, almost certainly in their obituary!


They will need to bring a trailer with plenty of back up batteries!




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[*] posted on 1-17-2019 at 08:54 AM


Did you know that Tesla sells a gasoline powered generator as an option? It fits in the trunk and has outside intake and outside exhaust. It is low powered and just meant to get to the next charging station.
No superchargers that I know of in Baja, so that means a layover when charging is required.
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