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  1. Makes me think of the EDV I ride for Post 😄
  2. Steve you are closer to the mark than you might think. We don't have a lot of water (I might add that one of the things going against nuclear for us is that it uses about as much water as coal power) so we would either have to use sea water or something else for the equivalent of pumped hydro. Potential energy from height can be in all sorts of forms, and one I'm excited about is the block stacking method used pioneered by Energy Vault. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/bhp-looks-at-giant-block-stacking-crane-to-store-pilbara-energy-20211216-p59ia4.html
  3. While not directly about my bet, still important info about power storage. Just don't tell the coal Barons the federal government is throwing a bit of cash at it 😉 https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/science/environment/2022/01/24/energy-storage-killing-coal/
  4. The most relevant story to us that goes against my bet https://www.wired.com/story/evs-us-investment/amp
  5. In regards the kiwi fella, in sure he would use an electric it if her could find one. Here's something for your corner of the argument https://www.torquenews.com/1083/5-reasons-ev-road-trip-range-60-or-less-maximum-range-possible/amp
  6. I tow an electric digger around the countryside (NZ) with my model S. Yep, (I) have to charge twice as much as normal, but (it is) still cheaper than buying petrol or diesel,” said Jonathan Daley of New Zealand.
  7. https://thedriven.io/2022/01/21/electric-vehicles-that-tow-trailers-ev-owners-dispel-yet-another-myth/amp/ We travelled 6,000kms across Europe for 4 weeks with two small children and a small caravan. No problem,” said Nils-Henrik Brynildsen Henningstad (picture shown below).
  8. Kimbleseven, you do know we already don't manufacture cars in Australia, right? Bonus points if you can name the prime Minister who shut down our car industry. Steve, I love your input and I know you at least consider other points of view. For instance, the anti renewable crowd will hit you with a logical fallacy like 'wind turbines need to be maintained therefore coal is better'. It's a logical fallacy because that statement ignores the fact that coal fired power stations also need to be maintained. And in fact, they have to be shut down entirely to maintain them, whereas at least with wind farms, you can shut down individual turbines. So I know you would see that statement is null. Attached is a pic of a coal fired station that probably could have done with a bit more maintenance
  9. I know that Moans and Dolt constantly tell you not to listen to the ABC because they are evil socialists. It's what abusive people and cult leaders always tell you- don't listen to anyone else, only I know the truth. But quite a lot of my info comes from The Economist, which describes itself as centre right. Pretty much all stripes agree we need to stop burning coal and oil. Well, except for right wing commentators in fossil fuel countries like Australia and the USA. But in the UK, the country that pretty much invented the conservative movement, and which has a much smaller fossil fuel industry , they all agree on climate change What a coincidence 😉 Also funny how the coal country conservatives urge us to subsidise non renewables, yet industry is saying it's cheaper to buy renewables. Hang on, don't conservatives always urge us to let the markets decide? I for one think nuclear would be a good option, but we will have to pay a lot more for power. It's pretty much the most expensive option- even more costly than coal.
  10. Ethanol is a dead end like nuclear. Foods is much more important than private transport, if you grew enough cane to power all cars in Australia, we wouldn't have enough land for food production. Renewables like wind, and especially solar have negligible build time compared to power stations. There's one nuclear power station in the us that was just completed- it took THIRTY YEARS to build! And the cost blowout was something like going from 10 billion to 30 billion! And that's with the us government carrying the can for new nuclear power stations. Talk about expecting the government to subsidize 😲 I reckon for 30 billion we could run the whole of Australia with wind solar and batteries. And within a couple of years. I think I advocated nuclear for Australia in this thread I think. But the more I read the more it looks like only socialist and totalitarian governments are willing to pay for it. Not really an option for conservatives who are constantly saying we should let the market sort it out. Well, the markets are saying no one thinks they can make money from nuclear.
  11. Like I say, we are on the verge. I doubt very much every family is going to be able to even own a car ten years from now. It will probably be robotic ride share for most of us.
  12. Also, let's not forget that my bet is about no new cars by 2031. If I'm right, that implies you could still but a new petrol powered car in 2030. Unless rural types are in the habit of changing cars like they do undies (which would be more of a city slicker thing you would think) they're 2030 model can last until say 2050. Provided there's still fuel available. It's often mentioned about governments being asked to prop up the new technologies. Well, the Australian government has just plowed 2 BILLION dollars into propping up two petrol refineries. If, in that scenario after 2050 the rural types are still in trouble, I think we can both agree we are ALL in trouble...
  13. An experience would be a good idea. Problem is, I know she would love a parachute jump (last year for her a flight in a glider) but she'd want me to jump too- screw that shit! I think I'll get her a watch. For many decades now she's been wearing mini G shocks, as she was doing cabling and stuff, getting her hands dirty. Her new job is being a boss so I'm thinking a nice watch she can wear inn the office that is a bit chunky but not a man's watch
  14. You might be in luck out in the sticks- Honda is dragging their feet https://carbuzz.com/news/honda-says-there-are-fewer-ev-customers-than-people-think
  15. That charging station was crowd funded. It's fast becoming apparent that the 20th century was the hey day of human civilization. The seemingly cheap energy via oil and coal comes with a cost no one was allowing for. If we are to survive another century some things are going to become less comfortable, and that might include the cost and/or the availability of private transport. I say all this as a whiskey priest- until recently I owned a motorbike with an engine bigger than my cars engine! And I'm building an ultralight. But whether I'm a hypocrite or not, that doesn't make the fact that we need to do things like phase out fossil fuels any less true. We are at an Easter island/Mayan crossroads right now, but on a global scale.
  16. Good news Steve- and so it begins 😊 https://amp.abc.net.au/article/100762138 None of what you are saying is going to compel a Japanese or European car maker to make petrol cars just for Australia. That is the crux of my bet
  17. I think for half the Aussie population, finding electricity is utterly a no brainer. See pic. And for another 40%, it should be pretty easy too (for instance, you don't even see Darwin or Cairns show up on that map, but ALL people, and at least 100 KMs around, will have no brainer access to electricity) For the rest, like I say, if my bet pans out and no one else is making IC passenger vehicles anymore, and EV tech hasn't progressed one iota, then they will have to drive their North Korean 3 wheeled tractors to town once a month. I know this isn't necessarily YOUR angle, but isn't it funny how the right wing commentators always deride vocal minorities, but now suddenly this particular vocal minority (those who don't believe technology will give them personal transport ten years from now) have to be listened to... Edit: my bad, you CAN see Darwin and Cairns on the map! Old eyes 😄 but hopefully you see my point. For the negative case https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1134740_evs-least-reliable-vehicle-type-problem-areas
  18. Discretion dictates I don't say her age, but it's a decade birthday, it ends in zero. It's in March and we are going to Tassie and Melbourne for a couple of weeks. Since she organised most of that, I better think of something. HELP!
  19. On the other hand, you won't be doing any epic journeys in this VW van https://www.businessinsider.com/electric-vehicle-long-distance-road-trip-pros-and-cons-2022-1?amp
  20. Ok, Liverpool to Geelong is probably more on the horizon for those new batteries, but clearly Sydney to Canberra is possible. I think you can do that with a current model Tesla. Also, don't rely on throw away lines from anti EV commentators. BMW Battery warranty is 8 years as far as I can tell:: https://www.carsguide.com.au/ev/advice/electric-car-battery-warranties-explained-83133
  21. One thing people object to about EVs is their sudden desire to drive non stop from Sydney to Perth etc. At what range do those people say it's finally ok? These guys are helping with that question: https://insideevs.com/news/558908/752-mile-range-experimental-battery/amp/ That's over ONE THOUSAND KMs. It's that far enough?
  22. That scene is meaningless on its own. Most things we make use all sorts of scary sounding chemicals. Shit, there's potassium nitrate in the salami in your sandwich- rocket fuel! I've seen the whole movie and while grinning idiots like Andrew Bolt point it out as if it somehow denies climate science, that's not what the message is. The message from that movie is that we are changing the climate but unless we drastically reduce our population and drop all pretense of technology, it doesn't matter what we do, were going to destroy the world. He makes a point, but we are humans and we don't just give up. It is worth is at least trying to change our carbon footprint for an unknown future, rather than just continuing to burn Alan Jones buddies fossil fuels for a known disastrous one.
  23. Troubling story about metal supplies for batteries and magnets: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2020/09/the-silent-cost-behind-the-worlds-electric-vehicle-revolution/amp
  24. I don't think in the Charter of human rights, there is a section that says every family needs 3 or 4 cars. Imagine the life style change when the world's weather is so rooted that it becomes one giant Mad Max movie. Economics is always a good sign. Insurance companies are already raising weather event insurance premiums to suit the changing climate, and in some cases not even insuring highest risk areas (I bet it's pretty hard getting your house insured in New Orleans for instance). Cynical people will say insurance companies always Jack up prices, but the truth is they are very competitive and the overall picture is they don't want to overcharge if it means losing customers to a competitor. They are raising premiums because their data is showing a steady increase in bad weather.
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