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by NeilBlanchard
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Riversimple and Fuel Cell Discussions
Replies: 178
Views: 61700

Re: Riversimple

A large scale hydrogen production and distribution system - is NEVER going to happen. It simply costs WAAAAAY too much, and it would take hundreds of YEARS to build it, even at a rapid pace. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are about HALF the energy efficiency of electric cars - for the whole energy cycle. M...
by NeilBlanchard
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Chevy Bolt production version
Replies: 104
Views: 37629

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

It does indeedy, but how did you download the picture? I didn't download it - I right clicked and copied the image location to the clipboard, and then pasted that into an image link. You guys know about the http://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/index.php which run by the same folks doing this forum?
by NeilBlanchard
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: Chevy Bolt production version
Replies: 104
Views: 37629

Re: Chevy Bolt production version

It looks very good in the dark blue!

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by NeilBlanchard
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!
Replies: 195
Views: 63486

Re: New Owner - Ben got an iMiEV - Again!

I have a small LED light on my key ring, so I just point that way if I can't see enough. There is a topic on tire pressure. I did the 44psi, but then backed down as someone else pointed out that you need "squish" room for bumps and things. Since I live in a Winter wonderland, my roads alw...
by NeilBlanchard
Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Aerodynamic Mods to Reduce Drag
Replies: 104
Views: 60951

Re: Aerodynamic Mods to Reduce Drag

Cool - I had not seen that before. They would need to lose that angled "spoiler" on the back, to have low drag, though. If it is required to prevent lift, then they need to fix that the right way.
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Aerodynamic Mods to Reduce Drag
Replies: 104
Views: 60951

Re: Aerodynamic Mods to Reduce Drag

I think a full belly pan is going to have a more substantial benefit, than vortex generators. The air flow under the i MiEV is not clean, and so vortex generators will have haphazard, if any benefit.
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: iMiev News
Topic: I Miev not in Mitsubishi's Future
Replies: 20
Views: 21757

Re: I Miev not in Mitsubishi's Future

This is disappointing news, indeed. Mitsubishi should move forward with the CA-MiEV and/or other clean sheet EV designs. They learned a lot with their involvement with SIM-Drive, as well.

Plugin hybrids with substantial EV range is fine, but they need to keep building EV's, too.
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Electric SNOW Blowers - who has them, I love mine
Replies: 17
Views: 5730

Re: Electric SNOW Blowers - who has them, I love mine

The first generation Toro is a great snow blower, but the second gen has a fatal flaw. I now own a Snow Joe and it is very similar to the first gen Toro.
by NeilBlanchard
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Joe, those small wind turbines in the last picture...
Replies: 8
Views: 3673

Re: Joe, those small wind turbines in the last picture...

Vertical axis turbines are of dubious usefulness. They often need to be started by an electric motor, and once they are moving, they has some output, but are no where near as good as conventional turbines.
by NeilBlanchard
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Aerodynamic Mods to Reduce Drag
Replies: 104
Views: 60951

Re: Aerodynamic Mods to Reduce Drag

Removing the wipers will only make a tiny improvement, if any. The biggest improvements will come from a properly designed Kamm back, and a belly pan, and smooth wheel covers. A grill block is good, and side view video mirrors help two ways: reduced frontal area and lower Cd.

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