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Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 1) 317

It's more a problem that pretty much any river in the US that is suitable for a large hydro project, already has large hydro projects built in the 1930s through 1960s.

I'm glad one person here gets this. Hydro power in the US is a moot point. Pretty much all of the power we can get from our rivers is already being generated. We can't replace fossil fuel use with new hydro power.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by Ralph Wiggam (#49302253) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I've got or have every one of those and still somehow managed to take the 10 to 15 minutes necessary to vote.

I know it's hard to grasp, but other people have different experiences than you . In Florida and Ohio, the lines to vote can be up to 7 hours long.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/no-one-in-america-should-have-to-wait-7-hours-to-vote/264506/

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by Ralph Wiggam (#49297021) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

If you're working a twelve hour day, you're pretty lucky. Otherwise, go to the polls during one of the hours you're normally not working.

In a world where voters didn't have children, pets, classes, or the need to consume food, that would be a really valid point.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 5, Insightful) 1089

by Ralph Wiggam (#49295835) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I've personally made it a point to stop registering to vote and not vote at all just because of how pointless I feel the whole thing has become

That's fine. I support your right to do that. But please don't complain that politicians don't care about you or your problems. You have given them no reason to care. Politicians care about 70 year old and their problems because they show up at the polls at twice the rate of 35 year olds.

Related to that, I think that election day should be a national holiday and no for-profit business should be allowed to be open. That would give everyone the opportunity to vote. Having elections on a regular work day is a huge disincentive for hourly workers to vote. It literally costs them money, like illegal poll taxes of the 19th century.

To balance out the work calender, they can get rid of MLK day. I have no doubt that Dr. King would approve.

Comment: Re:Why not increase inverter charging rate ? (Score 1) 229

Hey fellow Leaf owner,

I think that the Leaf's 6.6 kW (no /hr) charger is based on the limitations of the wiring in most people's homes. The electric dryer type circuit I had installed is 220V 30A. I'm no electrician, but I think that's the most heavy duty circuit that can be easily added. There's no point in increasing the price and weight of the car with a 12kW charger if most people can only provide it 6.6kW.

Comment: Re:Charging at every Gas Station. (Score 1) 229

The problem is that even current "quick" charging is like a half hour. To get that to more like 5 minutes, the voltage and amperage get crazy. Battery swap stations are possible, but there are serious legal and engineering issues involved. A cool technology being developed is a charged slurry. You would pull up to a station, a robotic arm would connect to a tank similar to a gas tank, suck out the old depleted slurry and replace it with new charged slurry.

I've had an EV for 2 years and have never changed it outside of my garage. On the rare occasion I need to drive long distances, we just use my wife's car.

   

Comment: Re:Long range outlook: batteries or fuel cells? (Score 2) 229

One of the very few electric vehicles sold in the US, including the first one that was sold in the US (as a daily driver, not a 20mph neighborhood car) was the Nissan Leaf, a Japanese car company.

I've been driving a Leaf for 2 years and still love it. Huge credit to Nissan for taking a chance on a pure EV, and for moving production to Tennessee.

Somehow, GM managed to make their upcoming Bolt even goofier looking than the Leaf. But if they can get the range up to 200 miles and can keep it under $38k, I will probably get one.

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