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DrQuine
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Predicting EV demand enroute - and managing AC
DrQuine   9/21/2014 1:02:45 PM
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Using route information to predict electric vehicle energy consumption is an elegant concept: I can afford to run the battery down as I approach the crest of a hill if the car is about to descend and recharge the battery. The same insight could be applied to cruise control. Don't accelerate at the very end of a hill climb if we're about to rechain speed descending.

On the climate control side, I'm surprised to hear about using an electronically controlled brake resistor whose thermal energy is utilized for the air conditioning system. Isn't it easier just to allow the brakes to drive a generator which powers the air conditioning (and a recharged battery that keeps it going if needed when the vehicle is stopped)?

 

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Traffic Optimization
chanj0   9/15/2014 11:59:15 AM
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A constant speed driving can better save energy is known. I wonder whether there is similar study in the gasoline car. Phased traffic lights will ideally help. In addition, keeping the traffic flow smooth. The challenge is how the flow can be optimzation with so many variables. In a city environment, with pedestrians crossing the road, the challenge will even be higher.

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avoiding traffic
daleste   9/13/2014 9:04:19 PM
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I think it is great if I have a device that will allow me to avoid traffic congestion.  I just wonder if I would be able to avoid the congestion if everyone had the device.  It seems that the detour would then become another congested area assuming most vehicles are traveling in the same direction.

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