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    • Tue, Feb 15, 2011 - 12:13pm

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      Dutch John

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      Re: Do you drive an electric vehicle?

    Some computer controlled engines can run on woodgas with the fuel pumps shut off. Some not and go into limp mode. Cars from the seventies and early eighties remain the easiest to convert. Look for a light car with a big lung engine.

    Perhaps open a new topic if there is more interest for woodgas as a crisis fuel and leave this topic for electric driving?

    Big issue on behalf of the sustainabiltiy of electric driving remains the dogma of modern too heavy luxury cars. These ask for heavy battery packs, creating a negative downward pointed spiral. In my opinion a car is a transportation medium. Turning it into a comfortable living room is the wrong way. Car manufacturers need to redefine a car. This may not be what the consumer wants now, but it will be in the nearby future. Few months ago, I saw a documentary on television about a Swiss guy, driving his lightweight solar powered car around the world. Of course it is not very practical to drive with a large trailer coverered with solar panels, but he got the point: not much battery and a light car.

    Regards, DJ

    • Mon, Feb 14, 2011 - 06:37am

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      Dutch John

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      Re: Do you drive an electric vehicle?

    I considered to build an electric conversion, because of abundant home made power and I like to work with salvaged stuff. But I skipped the idea because of the nature of our country. It is flat, small distances between towns and cities and has excellent lanes for bicyclers. And that is what we do. Even bought a cargo bike. Longer distances can be done by public transportation. So here in the Netherlands we do not need a ton of car to move one person. Of course in most countries that is different.

    It leaves however hauling bigger stuff on a trailer. For that, I converted a regular petrol car to woodgas. For the future, I see such vehicles to be shared in a local community, because only on a few percent of trips a car is needed. Making your own carfuel is cumbersome. You gain a lot of respect for energy and save on unnecessary transportation.

    Regards, DJ

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