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Topic Title: electric cars
Topic Summary: just on the news breaking...ban of diesel and petrol by 2040
Created On: 26 July 2017 01:36 pm
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mapj1

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we have had electric vehicles since before the internal combustion engine, but its not just the time something has been around per-se but how stable the development is.
Computing technology seems to advance exponentially, but very few natural world things do, things like how many people you can feed from an acre of land, which has risen, depending how far back you look, or physical things the strength of steel alloys, or the capacity per kilo of batteries, yes again both have risen compared to 20 years ago, but nothing like exponentially
There have been a few key developments that make electric vehicles a bit more practical than 100 years ago, such as electronics that allows brushless motors and regeneration during braking, and of course, batteries, but not to the extent that is really needed to be better than petrol. More available than petrol, perhaps, but market forces will sor that out, by pushing fuel costs, rather than legislatilon.

Reading a 1960 cub annual the other day (present from someone who knows my involvement and thought I may be interested) some 'things you will see when you grow up' are fun reading.
Free electricity from nuclear has not yet happened, nor has the personal heicopter as the standard means of commmuting, just because things sound good, does not make them happen.
And when did anyone last step on the moon? I'd say as a society, we have more or less lost the ability to do that sort of thing, after perhaps one more generation, all the folk who remember how to do it will all be long retired or even dead.
The direction of progress is only forwards if people push it that way.

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regards Mike
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