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by IVI
Fri, 16 Mar 2012, 16:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Importing electric bikes
Replies: 5
Views: 5038

Importing electric bikes

eBay vendors seem to list these in at least 2 categories: + Cycling & + Scooters "Featured" items in Cycling carry surprisingly high price-tags, suggesting that they're paying "too much" for insurance, or just trying to "train" the near-virgin marketplace to pay heaps. Maybe it's to early to expect ...
by IVI
Fri, 16 Mar 2012, 16:17
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Importing electric bikes
Replies: 5
Views: 5038

Importing electric bikes

Are we talking Public Liability, for your business? ...or the kind of bike insurance that a buyer of such a product might purchase? If it's the former (& you don't find anything else) I think there was a UK insurer, that marketed itself as a company ready to insure almost "anything" (maybe it was Ll...
by IVI
Thu, 15 Mar 2012, 16:28
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: [Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?
Replies: 30
Views: 4042

[Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?

More on viral-marketing via social-networking: I just noticed the image of a (to me) unknown musician beside a FREE offer to go download (via iTunes, Amazon or TPB) his latest album "17" (which I've not heard), with an option to BUY the same music, in another form. (Ever heard of George Barnett? No ...
by IVI
Thu, 15 Mar 2012, 12:52
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: [Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?
Replies: 30
Views: 4042

[Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?

AMPrentice: "A Blade Electron is a better choice but don't have the advertising or the unique look" Today, "viral marketing" is more cost-effective than "big bucks" advertising. Look at Apple (especially, early on), and where clever marketing cost them. Blade just need an [Aussie] Steve Jobs type of...
by IVI
Thu, 15 Mar 2012, 12:45
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: RMI's "Project Get Ready" (for EVs in USA)
Replies: 0
Views: 524

RMI's "Project Get Ready" (for EVs in USA)

So, the Rocky Mountain Institute is Amory Lovins' forward-looking think-tank. (I first heard physicist Lovins speaking about how to build zero-energy homes & offices, by applying Physics to architecture, even when it ignores "flimsy" building codes & standard practices. He's quite convincing on such...
by IVI
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 21:04
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: battery pack recommendations please
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

battery pack recommendations please

Gee, I wish you'd tell us details of price, shipping cost, & what customs does with it, as it enters (duty? GST? etc.), not to mention the vendor's details. Also, it might help if people posted that they -intend- to do such a deal, in advance, so they might attract some extra "buying power" from oth...
by IVI
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 20:56
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: NCI Study Links Diesel exhaust & Cancer
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

NCI Study Links Diesel exhaust & Cancer

Interesting... I hope the inventor hasn't sold his patent rights to cheaply.

As to the toxic waste his invention would collect, I'm sure more folks would agree to the construction of a secure holding facility for that kind of stuff, than would willingly accept radio active waste in their "back yard."
by IVI
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 20:48
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: System design for reverse trike
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

System design for reverse trike

Gee, I wonder if people will need to sit a practical exam, ie, before being licensed to drive an EV, someday... like having to show more to drive a manual shift car, today...?
by IVI
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 20:46
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: System design for reverse trike
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

System design for reverse trike

On the other hand, there are some new risks: 1. be sure you help everyone, who has to come near your EV stay safe from electrocution (you, your passengers, kids, first responders, inspectors, mechanics, etc.) 2. be sure heat (from batteries, for a change) won't cause a fire or burn someone, 3. be su...
by IVI
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 20:41
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: System design for reverse trike
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

System design for reverse trike

Since there are -fewer- subsystems in an EV, I'd say: + as long as you're not trying to make all the bits (motor, batteries, etc.) yourself, an EV can be (& will become) -easier- to design & make than an carbon-emitter. No radiator, fuel-injectors, transmission, distributor, points, air-, fuel- or o...
by IVI
Sun, 11 Mar 2012, 20:27
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: System design for reverse trike
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

System design for reverse trike

Much of what makes converting an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) carbon-emitter into a 100% Electric Vehicle (and sticking to just -one- car) seem impractical to you - in part - is due to "cultural" reasons. Many Europeans seem content to walk or bike, or - if they must - bus or train to most of th...
by IVI
Wed, 07 Mar 2012, 11:39
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: ADELAIDE: Music Event Distracted by Race-Cars!
Replies: 1
Views: 590

ADELAIDE: Music Event Distracted by Race-Cars!

Oops! The race event -wasn't- the Clipsel 500...

...rather: some sort of "Super Car" event.

Apologies to the [equally noisy?] Clipsel 500 organisers, et al.
by IVI
Wed, 07 Mar 2012, 11:37
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: NCI Study Links Diesel exhaust & Cancer
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

NCI Study Links Diesel exhaust & Cancer

"Today's Reason to Hurry In the EV" to our vehicle market & onto our roads is due to the (reported) link between Diesel exhaust & Cancer: + http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/06/1335251/after-legal-fight-nci-researchers-publish-study-linking-diesel-exhaust-cancer I don't know how we'll implement al...
by IVI
Mon, 05 Mar 2012, 00:10
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sale
Replies: 20
Views: 2589

Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sale

Will the GM Volt suffer a fate like its EV1 (of fond memories)?

/. article is here:

+ http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/03/03 ... ends-sales

How will this affect the Holden Volt sales?

(Who will buy one here, ie, after learning of the US suspension?)
by IVI
Sat, 03 Mar 2012, 22:56
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: [Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?
Replies: 30
Views: 4042

[Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?

Maybe the article & research are based on overseas (eg, US?) Prius drivers.
by IVI
Sat, 03 Mar 2012, 22:50
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: ADELAIDE: Music Event Distracted by Race-Cars!
Replies: 1
Views: 590

ADELAIDE: Music Event Distracted by Race-Cars!

Yes, I'm playing the "Race-Car," to promote EV's... :-) Due to some "miscommunication" between Adelaide Festival -and- Clipsel 500 organisers... quite a few folks, who'd paid over $100 per ticket to attend a musical concert, were -outraged- & -distracted- by the sounds of LOUD race-cars zooming past...
by IVI
Wed, 29 Feb 2012, 03:43
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Prius II Synergy Drive Taredown Video
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Prius II Synergy Drive Taredown Video

Thanks.

PS We'd like to download this video, but not even RealAudio's record mechanism seems to work on this page.

Does anyone know how to to this? TIA.
by IVI
Wed, 29 Feb 2012, 00:36
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: [Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?
Replies: 30
Views: 4042

[Rich &] Prius Drivers Behave Worse?

Where does SlashDot find these articles? Today's slipped-in one that refers to some research on Prius drivers, who (rich or not) are said to behave worse than others: + "Curiously, in one experiment, Prius drivers also behaved badly, regardless of their wealth." + http://science.slashdot.org/story/1...
by IVI
Sun, 26 Feb 2012, 15:26
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Radio National Programme on EVs
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Radio National Programme on EVs

Heard on the above program: - "Hey, look, we've driven 17 miles... . and it'll take 8 hours to charge-up" - AU's BetterPlace guy talks -only- about . his driving a Holden EV, saying Aussies . will find driving it better than a petrol- . based Holden of today. (Why didn't he spruick a BetterPlace car...
by IVI
Sun, 26 Feb 2012, 15:07
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Radio National Programme on EVs
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Radio National Programme on EVs

On this ABC page (a few minutes ago): + http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/ Background Briefing's EV program was labeled: "Is the future of the electric car charged up or flat-lining?" A podcast (as MP3) can be downloaded from: + http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/02/bbg_20120226_0805.mp3 ...
by IVI
Fri, 24 Feb 2012, 04:59
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Program your own Self Driving EV
Replies: 0
Views: 524

Program your own Self Driving EV

...someday. Until then, here's a chance to begin to learn how to program your own self-driving car, in 7 weeks: + http://www.udaCity.com/ It may not be "too late" to sign-up (free!) for Sebastian Thrun's course, whose team's car won the DARPA challent. Would there be any technical advantages or issu...
by IVI
Fri, 24 Feb 2012, 04:54
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Manufacturer add-ons that come with EV
Replies: 1
Views: 606

Manufacturer add-ons that come with EV

Hmmm... I'd happily give even a "fun" car a miss, ie, if it distracted me (pos- sibly, in them middle of a conversation with a friend riding with me). I don't need a toy (not even a -useful- one) to "talk to me" when it will; unless I can change its -default- action from "Talk" to "Don't..." it can ...
by IVI
Wed, 22 Feb 2012, 14:04
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: OT: First EVs, now... ERs !!!
Replies: 3
Views: 879

OT: First EVs, now... ERs !!!

Electric Rockets:

+ http://science.SlashDot.org/story/12/02 ... ace-flight

'seems "everybody's" going Electric... 'bout time... :-)
by IVI
Mon, 20 Feb 2012, 03:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Options for importing EVs...?
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Options for importing EVs...?

Someone mentioned having imported a particular model of Prius... although he said finding it "impossible" to get a spare key (I suspect he was given the run-around by his Toyota dealer, happy to sacrifice good service for the chance to "slap" someone who didn't buy locally. (Assuming there are folks...
by IVI
Mon, 20 Feb 2012, 03:00
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: C Payne's "Revenge of the EV's"
Replies: 13
Views: 1641

C Payne's "Revenge of the EV's"

"I'm not sure why you are so incensed with battery change stations." + Go tell the Army they don't need scopes on theit rifles, eg, to -save- money. --- "Do it yourselfers aren't likely to swap their cared for [battery-]packs with an unknown..." + I'll bet you swap your "cared for" BBQ gas-bottle fo...