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robatthelake

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Maybe build highways featuring touch less Induction charging lanes along every on ramp or at 50 Mile intervals! Just drive and charge at the same time!

Just thinking Trolley Buses and Slot Cars combined with current Induction charging pads! Possibly installed along Toll Roads would be the proper way to go!

Not likely in my lifetime!

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azdryheat wrote:

I like the idea of an electric truck but until I can do a 500 mile day I'm not interested.
I am never interested in 500 miles in one day!

I hope we see it. I would so love to pass up a gas station.

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I would like to see an EV that can be towed 4 down.


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Executive wrote:

And THIS is in a Class A forum, why???? Asking for a friend. [emoticon].....Dennis


I had the same question, but it is an interesting read. There are people that use pickup trucks as their toad so it would be more appropriate for them. The issue for me (were I ever want a PU) is can it be towed four down, dolly towed, or require a flat bed trailer? This question also applies to total electric cars.

I’ll be interested when they have enough real data to remove all those asterisks about mileage, and mileage while towing at GCWR, with and without using climate control.


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Simple answer yes. Wife has a reservation for a Cybertruck with the intention of pulling something like a 18-20 foot small trailer...someday...maybe. [emoticon].

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robatthelake wrote:

Maybe build highways featuring touch less Induction charging lanes along every on ramp or at 50 Mile intervals! Just drive and charge at the same time!

Just thinking Trolley Buses and Slot Cars combined with current Induction charging pads! Possibly installed along Toll Roads would be the proper way to go!

Not likely in my lifetime!


Not being a electrical genius, and not trying to be an a** .... but if you’re traveling at say 65 mph, and wanted induction, or direct contact using the slot car analogy, the charging system can charge a moving vehicle faster than the draw? With trolley busses the city knows how many trolleys they have online at any one time so can manage the power grid. Not so on an open interstate.

Electric is coming sooner than the infrastructure to support it. Not unlike developers building hundreds of houses near an already overloaded intersection.

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That’s actually a good analogy. Some routes will probably see drops in traffic as more EV’s are sold and drivers have to change from their favourite routes because of lack of infrastructure. We use to travel south and north using 93 from twin falls Idaho towards the south. So thru Jackpot, Alamo, Vegas etc. That’s over now. Now would we take the Salt lake route or the I5 route or the coastal route from north to south or vice versa. I guess my point is little communities need to get on it if they don’t want to see traffic disappear thru their towns.

DC fast charging growth has really taken off in this province in the last 5 years. Right now the gas station chains are adding DC fast chargers pretty regularly.

Times are a changing.

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robatthelake wrote:

Maybe build highways featuring touch less Induction charging lanes along every on ramp or at 50 Mile intervals! Just drive and charge at the same time!

Just thinking Trolley Buses and Slot Cars combined with current Induction charging pads! Possibly installed along Toll Roads would be the proper way to go!

Not likely in my lifetime!


There are actually some testing going on now using overhead cables.

Wireless is horribly inefficient but direct contact works fine.

The problem is to outfit thousands and thousands of lane miles or roads...is incredibly expensive both initial installation and ongoing maintenance.

For reference, most power utilities are gradually moving toward underground power because of the cost of upkeep on overhead lines.


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Blaster Man wrote:

It will be a cold day when an electric motor is small enough to carry in a MH and strong enough to push/pull it all day long.


You can have a smaller electric motor now that will blow away any diesel/gas engine you can find.

Problem lies in a battery bank that can feed said electric motor.

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