Congratulations on an excellent site. It's about time somebody
started rattling a few cages on the EV front - I echo your
sentiments entirely. It is about time Jeremy Clarkson started
acting a bit more responsibly as a programme presenter and giving
information about EV's instead of prattling on about his beloved
BMW's and Porsches.
I have been working on an EV project for the past six years. It is a
system that could multiply the range of an EV about 3 or 4 times,
all theory was proved in a "mule" and the idea was patented. In
1998 I went on a DTI trade mission to Japan which, by the way, was
very well-organised - full marks to the DTI. While I was there I
saw six of the leading car manufacturers and the reception I got was
very courteous but the reaction was varied. Out of the six companies one
person at one company seemed to understand it completely but the
meeting soon came to an end. Another company sent the details to
their research centre in Kawasaki. We had one communication shortly
after saying they were still looking into it and we would hear back
very soon - but that was the last we heard. From the other companies,there
seemed very little understanding, to the point where I was asked
some ridiculous questions ( the system is based on four wheel
drive): I was asked if the front wheels and the rear wheels rotate
in the same direction!....I can't put this down to a language
difference neither do I think it is in the Japanese nature to take
the p--- and this was from one of the leaders in four wheel
drive. Another question I was asked by another company was 'Do the
front wheels and the rear wheels rotate at the same speed?'. WHAT IS
GOING ON ??? In my opinion if a system such as this has even a
glimmer of hope then it is worth investigating further.
Apart from the Japan trip I have approached several of the "so
called experts" whose minds seem totally fixed on convention and
with no lateral thinking at all - as well as an automotive company who very
nearly took the idea up. I recently had a meeting with one of the
"three wise men" in EV's who probably understood the system the
most (around 90%) but unfortunately he had to rush off to a dinner
appointment before I had a chance to get the other 10% across.
I think that where the problem lies is that the system is very
dynamics orientated and what I really need is an expert in
drivetrains and as yet I haven't been able to find one. Can you
help on this score? Or maybe it's because the system is so neat it
would cost too little to produce or the very fact that it is relatively
simple means they cannot see the wood from the trees....or the agenda
is fuel-cell or hybrid and too much investment has been put in, to change to
some other system...or maybe no other system at all just a blinkered determination to stick with
plain old crank & piston, who knows?
If I continue to be stone-walled, I will seriously consider
going public and putting it out on the net, as I am sure there are
a lot of very smart enthusiasts out there who will probably 'get it'
in a moment - that would certainly rattle a few cages.
Finally: in 1913 the "Detroit Electric" car had an average range of
80 miles per charge but on a sponsored test, broke a record of
211.3 miles and in 1942 the "CGE Tudor", a stylish small French car
that used a cast aluminium frame, designed by Jean Gregoire , had
an average range of 56 miles, but in the September of that year it
covered the distance of 158 miles between Paris and Tours on one
charge - think what they might have done on lithium-ion batteries!!
Has technology gone backwards?
The best inventions are the simple ones.
Thanks for excellent feedback. I myself am currently struggling with an invention/innovation application to the Government's newly-formed 'invention promotion' scheme NESTA(.org.uk) - it's an in-car device which could/should solve speeding AND congestion problem simultaneously - AND be appealing to drivers. Would you believe it...NESTA have just sent the application forms back to me saying that I had used 63 words in one part of the application-form instead of the maximum allowed 50 words!!! This device could be saving lives! Trevor Baylis - when will the man at last set up the "Academy of Inventors" he keeps talking about??