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May 16, 2013

Google Hangout: Oil-Free Transportation System


RMI is committed to mapping and driving the transition to an oil-free U.S. transportation system by 2050. Lightweighting cars through carbon fiber composites is a crucial lever for drastically improving fuel economy and enabling electrification.

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May 16, 2013

Use your Rooftop Solar to pay for your Electric Vehicle

There is a common sense way to mitigate the cost premium associated with an Electric Vehicle (EV). Invest in rooftop solar and save enough money to pay for your EV.
Size your solar system to zero out your electricity bill including the energy for your EV
Electricity cost offset by rooftop solar can be applied to your EV payment (The amount being whatever your bill was before going solar)
Monthly gas savings can be applied to your EV payment because you are using free energy from your roof to fuel your vehicle
Electric Vehicle "cost to own" savings which include lower depreciation and lower repair and maintenance costs can be applied to your EV payment

And your solar investment is hedged, so you save more money when gas prices go up and/or electricity rates go up.

In this time of low interest rates a $20,000 investment in the bank will get you less than $200 / year in interest. However that same amount invested in rooftop solar can pay for your environmentally friendly EV.
It seems like an easy choice!

May 16, 2013

RMI supports the WORST oil free transportation - EVs and ignores the BEST oil free transportation - walkable neighborhoods, bicycling and Urban Rail.

The French are doing it right - 1,500 km of new tram lines by 2020, x6 bicycling so far and double Paris Metro by 2030.

France is #2 in carbon reductions despite having a largely non-carbon grid (75% nuke, 10% hydro) - so renewables play only a minot role in their carbon emission reductions.

Transit Orientated Development has 1/4th the carbon footprint of Suburbia. Moving EVs into Suburbia preserves the carbon footprint.

France has it right, RMI has it wrong.

May 16, 2013

What elements/compounds constitute carbon fiber composites?

May 16, 2013

To Greg Rucks;

About 15 years ago I came across a supplier "virtual company" designing the instrument panel for the Jeep Liberty. Other than presenting the dimensional specs and 2-3 other general specs, Chrysler engineering did not participate with the group.

There were 22 suppliers altogether, each having one or more reps on the team. Not all had to participate in all meetings. However, two things were key to making this work. First, all participants had enough clout with their own companies to make a commitment for them (can we or can't we do). Second, everyone took their company hat off when they came to a project group meeting, behaving as if it was all one company. That eliminating most of the sniping about whether some member "wins or loses" with every little design decision.

Worked like a charm. After Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler, I don't think this level of trust among all parties was ever achieved again. But it is what you need for this project.

Doc Hall
Compression Institute

May 16, 2013

Thanks for the presentation. It gave a good emphasis on the program challenges and resources, and also the need for this transition. I can see how easy it would be to do the door panels or steering shaft etc. using carbon fibre. Do you envisage any areas of the diesel/gas cars that may pose a challenge to move to carbon fibre? What about exhaust systems? Thanks.

May 16, 2013

Materials are important to lower weight for transportation as is super capacitors and more efficient battery development. Keep up the good work.

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