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Project Better Place No3 is Australia!

Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2009, 19:54
by Justin Sawell
Brisbane is hosting a Better Place and EV get-together. Saturday 16th May at 12.00pm at the Upper Mt Gravatt progress Hall. Anyone in Brissie at the time is welcome to come along and have a chat.

Here are the details.

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Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2009, 19:56
by Justin Sawell
Grrrr. The links don't work.

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Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2009, 20:57
by woody
Justin Sawell wrote: Grrrr. The links don't work.
Those images only worked for diyelectriccar forum members, I've uploaded them for all:

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(had to reduce quality on second one it was too big)

cheers,
Woody

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Posted: Sat, 09 May 2009, 03:54
by Mr. Mik
My main concern about swapping batteries is that they need to be looked after. Putting effort into giving your batteries a long, strong life is somewhat incompatible with throwing them back into the "pool" every now and then!

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Posted: Sat, 09 May 2009, 05:02
by Thalass
MrMik: You could always do what friends of mine do with their bbq gas bottles: Fill them up at home (using their town gas supply and custom fittings), and then when the bottle is nearing it's test due date they swap for the youngest bottle they can find. :-P


So once your batteries are starting to wear out, you can pay for a swap at a station and get a nice new set. :-D

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Posted: Sat, 09 May 2009, 09:23
by antiscab
hahaha oh i long for the day i can do that.

btw, welcome to the forum Mik :)

Matt

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Posted: Mon, 11 May 2009, 22:44
by priit
I would like to add to the discussion that the swappable batteries may actually be slightly outdated by the time they get implemented. I believe by that time new and better ultra capacitors have been tested and could be in production.
This would allow using large enough capacitor banks in the car. Recharging those would take 5-10 minutes just enough to get a coffee or tea and ice-cream or sandwitch. This would probably make the hardware needed for the refuling stations simpler, would not require everyone to have same sized battery and would only require standardized connector on the car. This would work the same on all the converted cars and new ones. Also cars that were converted before good enough capacitors become available can swap their batteries out with capacitor banks once the batteries die.
Since the recharge is quick, the capacitors do not really need to be that huge. Also the capacitors can take way more charge/discharge cycles and do not mind getting totally depleted.
I have no idea how far the production of those EEStor capacitors have got, but if they can store 52.22 kWh of energy in a 127.71 kg capacitor bank as they claim, it would pretty much make the batteris obsolete in most electric cars.

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Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009, 15:08
by Benonymous

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Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009, 15:24
by coulomb
A reminder to Brisbane EVers: the "Better Place" presentation and informal EV meeting is this coming Saturday. Details here.

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Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009, 15:50
by Mr. Mik
coulomb wrote: A reminder to Brisbane EVers: the "Better Place" presentation and informal EV meeting is this coming Saturday. Details here.


And Gold Coast!

I've got three recharging stops lined up to make it there!

A scenic route through the Hinterland.


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Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009, 21:01
by MikeD
An intersting write-up on the Better Place plan.

www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetai ... -5_battery

MikeD

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Posted: Fri, 15 May 2009, 15:49
by Justin Sawell
Just a request that anyone attending please bring as many extension cords as you can?

We may not need it but better safe than sorry!

See you all there tomorrow.

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 02:01
by coulomb
The inaugural BEVA (Brisbane Electric Vehicle Association) was a great success, with at least 50 (wild guess) people in attendance.



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Justin gave a nice speel about peak oil and the various alternatives to our present addiction to cheap oil:

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It was followed by a half hour or so talk by Ben from A Better Place. I believe that the audience was impressed by their professed enthusiasm for open standards, so converted EVs could make use of their charging infrastructure, and even their batteries if they wanted to. (Sorry, no photos of this part).



There were just three EVs present. The prize for the longest commute went to Mr Mik, who drove his Vectrix from the Gold Coast (~100km [ edit: actually 187 km! See later post] ) using several charging stops to get there (and the same on the way back, of course).

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Shaun's Electric Echo was there:

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This is Jeff Owen's Honda City (http://www.evalbum.com/385):



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Paul Gallatly (right) had his AC55 and controller to show. Sadly, he is likely having to sell it rather than complete it, due to the financial situation:

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Tritium James was there, with two mechanical engineers that have been helping him get a Honda Civic ready for the first Darwin to Adelaide non-solar EV race in October. He had the prototype 200 kW AC WaveSculpter controller there; a mighty fine piece of machinery, and much smaller and lighter than the industrial controllers Weber and I are looking at. Probably a lot cheaper, too. But it's not quite ready yet.



Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of this; did anyone else?



Thanks to Justin for organising this; it was great. Thanks also to all who attended, it was great talking to you all. Let's do this again soon!

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 03:05
by Mark T
Congratulations on a successful meeting. Image

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 04:43
by gpsnettrack
Image   Guess who forgot Image

I dropped into work to do a backup and forgot

Alan

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 04:50
by juk
I see the bloke with the red car keeps a dozen Trojan's in there, nice.
:)

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 08:45
by Justin Sawell
All I can say is...WOW

What an excellent turnout, great group of people and fantastic presentation by Guy and Ben.

I'd say at least 55 people were there based on seating, including a rep from the Qld Govt department of natural resources and alternative energy (not 100% sure about the dept name but you get the idea).

For those who missed out or are interstate, I'm putting out a request for a copy of all pics & video taken during the event. I'll also ask Ben for a copy of his powerpoint slideshow and video. This will all be bundled up and made available on CD/DVD in the next few weeks.

Judging by the response, the AEVA just had the Brisbane chapter resurrected today.

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 08:53
by Justin Sawell
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At least 50 people were there

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Ben giving the BP presentation. I thought he was really good. Very easy to follow and listen to. Top marks!

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Very attentive audience

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Total chick - checking her makeup in the rearview mirror already!

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 13:38
by Mr. Mik
coulomb wrote: There were just three EVs present. The prize for the longest commute went to Mr Mik, who drove his Vectra from the Gold Coast (~100km) using several charging stops to get there (and the same on the way back, of course).


187.3km in total...I'm not doing that again in a hurry!

Many thanks to the Outpost Cafe in Canungra, the Shell station at Tamborine Village, Justin (the meeting organiser) and the Canungra Motel for letting me charge there!

The Canungra ambulance station had also given me permission to plug in, but I did not need it.

Special thanks for the perseverance of the Canungra Outpost Cafe staff: When the Vectux tripped a circuit breaker twice and put their busy kitchen into the dark they kept working on it until enough lights were turned off to keep the circuit board happy!
The ICE motorbike riders there had a jolly good time making fun of me in a good natured way. When I was riding off again I thought that it must have been very similar for an early adopter of ICE motorbikes to travel overland. No doubt they had to listen to comments about how a horse will go much further and cause less trouble!

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Posted: Sun, 17 May 2009, 19:08
by gpsnettrack



Full page on EV's in Todays ( Brisbane Sunday Paper )



Alan

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Posted: Mon, 18 May 2009, 01:20
by Mr. Mik
Here is a graph showing the charging energy consumption during and after the 187km ride:
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The data logger also calculates total power consumption and cost.

The energy sucked out of the grid to cover the entire distance was 16.39kWh.
At a cost of AU$0.14 per kWh that results in a "fuel" cost of AU$2.30 for 187km.
AU$2.3/187*100= AU$1.23/100km
AU$1.23/AU$1.11/L petrol = 1.11L petrol at current costs.

So unless I miscalculated somehow, the Vectux achieves the equivalent of 1.11L/100km fuel cost efficiency at current prices!

And how about the "8700km service" I had to do the day before: 5 minutes and a bit of compressed air will do to clean the motor encoder!
It took me a lot longer because I had to figure it out and go slow and take photos, of course, but next time it will take next to no time!
Encoder details here.

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Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2010, 01:37
by cardboardtrent
Sorry for the thread necromancy, but I didn't think this warranted a new thread.

I happened to flick across to Inside Business on the ABC on the weekend and they had an interview with the CEO of Project Better Place Australia. He talks a little about the business side of the project and his thoughts on the future of electric cars in Australia.

Here is the text version. A link to the video is at the top of this article, or for this week only on the home page, and in the future on the 'Vodcast' page for the date 21/03/2010.

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Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2010, 17:52
by marcopolo
cardboardtrent wrote: I happened to flick across to Inside Business on the ABC on the weekend and they had an interview with the CEO of Project Better Place Australia. He talks a little about the business side of the project and his thoughts on the future of electric cars in Australia.


After studying the 'Better Place Plan', I have found it long on rhetoric, but very short on logistical detail. One claims is that Better Place will develop software that will ensure only 'Green power' from the national grid!

Am I the only cynic that finds this just a bit difficult to credit?

The idea of rolling out battery charging posts is hardly revolutionary. However, given Australia's large network of 240 volt power, the concept of charging for power at a premium, is probably unworkable. If it became profitable, the major power utilities would enter into competition, and there goes the profitability.

Better Place claims it has Federal Government support to conduct a charging post monopoly for EV usage. Nonsense, this would require major legislation. legislation to grant a monopoly would prove impossible to pass.

Better Place also claims to have an agreement to supply a standardised battery for EV swapping. This would be the only battery permitted.

Is it just me, or can anyone else see how undesirable such an uncompetitive, innovation restricting practise, would be? When challenged, Better place replied that all EV's would be of a standardised design in order to conform to the Better Place model!

IMHO the EV battery is probably only interim technology, and Better Place will be remembered as a very successful fund raiser, attempting to sell the EV equivalent of 8 track cassettes.

It is astonishing to see otherwise staid and conservative investors buying into the Better Place Hype.

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Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2010, 18:19
by Johny
Johny wrote: Me thinks Better Place may end up making DIY EVs a worser place - all a bit fishy.
Agreed marco.