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cedricfau
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Re: Car pools of EVs
cedricfau   1/6/2014 7:09:47 AM
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This kind of service is already available in France. It is called Autolib' and it is deployed in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux.
There is also the same service with bikes.


DrQuine
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Re: A Modest Proposal with High Margins (Emergency Power)
DrQuine   12/24/2013 11:00:45 PM
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House power demands obviously fluctuate but during peak demand the battery is likely to run down and require the engine. My colleague said he went a week on a Prius and used 5 gallons of gas to power his house so the car probably ran an average of an hour a day. Compared with the noise made by most home generators, the car noise would be quite modest (and the car is already paid for and maintained). People here pay $100 a year for their "portable" generator to be transported to a power equipment dealer for an annual tune-up (which probably costs an additional $100+). They still cannot be depended upon when the power fails and make a great deal of noise.

_hm
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Re: Upgrade kit for vintage cars to smart cars
_hm   12/24/2013 6:45:26 AM
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@Junko: It may need more effort and work to achieve this. However, the profit margin will be pretty high. And for some high end customer cars, solution provider can ask for high price.

 

junko.yoshida
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Re: Upgrade kit for vintage cars to smart cars
junko.yoshida   12/23/2013 8:06:06 PM
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@_hm, another good point. After-market of "add ons" for non-smart cars? 

I haven't heard, but the idea is intriguing...

_hm
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Upgrade kit for vintage cars to smart cars
_hm   12/23/2013 7:16:38 PM
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There are so many vintage cars. Will some vendor will provide conversion kit to upgrade this vintage and other vehicles to smart car so that they can also share the road with equal alacrity?

 

junko.yoshida
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New kids on the block
junko.yoshida   12/23/2013 6:26:30 PM
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My personal favorite -- and one of the things I will be following very carefully in 2014 -- is the 6th item I mentioned in this top 10 list: New kids on the block.

As a car of the future becomes a smartphone on the wheel, a lot can change in the automotive platform, especially in the connectivity and infotainment areas.

junko.yoshida
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Re: Car pools of EVs
junko.yoshida   12/23/2013 6:21:50 PM
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@Prabhakar, I think you raise an intersting question here. If cars are being used just for commuting, whouldn't we be looking at car pooling (or mass transportation), rather than EVs?

You are absolutely right.

But I think some people still like "owning" things. And if they do want to own an EV, one of the key reasons stopping them from doing so is the range anxiety.

In fact, I think it's quite genius, on the part of BMW, to come up with this idea -- let people buy and "own" an EV, and when the EV's range becomes an issue, the carmaker will let you give you a loaner with combustion engine.

 

junko.yoshida
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Re: Car pools of EVs
junko.yoshida   12/23/2013 5:46:20 PM
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@sheetal, i know. It does sound idiosyncratic for anyone wanting a new car not based on performance but on dashboard.

And yet, when all things were equal, consumers -- young and old included -- do make choices, sometimes, based on what they care about most in their everyday life: your car's connectivity to smartphones or to the outside world, not to mention the size of a cup holder inside car...

Bert22306
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Re: A Modest Proposal with High Margins (Emergency Power)
Bert22306   12/23/2013 3:32:30 PM
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Okay, however in that case, I'm not sure how quiet the car would be.

An efficient car needs something on the order of 12-14 HP to travel at a steady 50 mph. When a car is running at 50 mph, the engine is hardly quiet. Of course, as long as a hybrid is running on battery juice alone, it's quiet, but when you're powering home HVAC, kitchen, lights, and appliances, you're not going to benefit from any regenerative braking. So the engine in that Prius will be running at least some of the time, when the load is substantial.

So, 12 to 14 HP translates to 8.9 to 10.3 KW. A generator sized to run your house, without a lot of rewirirng to switch off heavy loads during a power outage, needs at least 7 KW. So we're in the same ballpark. I don't think you can assume the car will be idling out there in the driveway. Not much of the time anyway, especially if you live in an all-electric house, with heat pump, electric hot water heating, and running HVAC in summer or winter.

junko.yoshida
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Re: The software-defined car
junko.yoshida   12/23/2013 2:35:05 PM
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Absolutely. The security issue does loom large. When it comes to malware-infected cars, we don't even know what damage that would bring to drivers and passengers!

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