Electric cars-Conversions

This is the place for posts that don't fit into any other category.

Moderator: RichardW

Hell Razor5543
NOT Alistair or Simon
Posts: 11091
Joined: 01 Apr 2012, 09:47
x 1185

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by Hell Razor5543 »

I have found a photograph of an early Dyson open topped sports car. It is surprisingly capacious!;

http://vacuumcleaner.umwblogs.org/files ... -vac-2.jpg

And if anybody complains here is James Dyson doing his Dirty Harry impression!;

https://images.successstory.com/adminim ... 278438.jpg

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 43091
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1494

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by CitroJim »

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
27 Sep 2017, 14:44
I have found a photograph of an early Dyson open topped sports car. It is surprisingly capacious!;

http://vacuumcleaner.umwblogs.org/files ... -vac-2.jpg

And if anybody complains here is James Dyson doing his Dirty Harry impression!;

https://images.successstory.com/adminim ... 278438.jpg


:rofl2: Nice ones James :)

Gibbo2286
Donor 2020
Posts: 4855
Joined: 08 Jun 2011, 18:04
x 899

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by Gibbo2286 »

British and successful so he has to be scorned, leave him alone chaps he wiped the floor with Hoover and the rest when they tried to nick his patents, they all followed his models and have been paying royalties for their use ever since, must be something right about them.

elma
Posts: 3745
Joined: 13 May 2007, 02:17
x 213

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by elma »

Gibbo2286 wrote:
27 Sep 2017, 18:10
British and successful so he has to be scorned.

Not at all, I respect his success and business skills.
I just have some issues with his products. I'd love if he read fcf and took the criticism onboard for future products. I would buy a British product over a foreign one every time if it were a good product.

We've no British car industry left bar a few mini outfits. If they'd (Rover etc) listened to the public we might just still have some uk automotive industry. It's not jealous or horrible to say this stuff at all, in fact if I met James Dyson and discussed my thoughts with him I think he'd offer me a job which I would probably accept.

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 43091
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1494

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by CitroJim »

elma wrote:
27 Sep 2017, 18:22
Gibbo2286 wrote:
27 Sep 2017, 18:10
British and successful so he has to be scorned.

Not at all, I respect his success and business skills.
I just have some issues with his products. I'd love if he read fcf and took the criticism onboard for future products. I would buy a British product over a foreign one every time if it were a good product.

We've no British car industry left bar a few mini outfits. If they'd (Rover etc) listened to the public we might just still have some uk automotive industry. It's not jealous or horrible to say this stuff at all, in fact if I met James Dyson and discussed my thoughts with him I think he'd offer me a job which I would probably accept.


Well said James. I fully agree 100% with all of that :)

xsaras4ever
Donor 2016
Posts: 382
Joined: 07 Aug 2013, 13:43
x 39

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by xsaras4ever »

Hello to all.

Jim , you mentioned pumped hydro earlier - nothing new, yet it has not been taken up by Governments.

Here is one in Ireland built between 1968 and 1974

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turlough_ ... er_Station

On the Dyson subject - if it was called a V8 it would add value to it, but maybe not a FLUFFY

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 43091
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1494

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by CitroJim »

xsaras4ever wrote:
28 Sep 2017, 08:44
Jim , you mentioned pumped hydro earlier - nothing new, yet it has not been taken up by Governments.

Here is one in Ireland built between 1968 and 1974

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turlough_ ... er_Station


What a fantastic power station and most impressive it can be on-line in 13 seconds!!!

It blends into the countryside so well you'd never know it was there; just as it should be :)

User avatar
Mandrake
Posts: 8240
Joined: 10 Apr 2005, 17:23
x 347

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by Mandrake »

Just came across and watched a 5 year old Fully Charged Episode where Robert visits the National Grid control centre:



It's a really informative interview but it's also really interesting to look at it in a historical context and see just how much things have changed in the 5 years since the interview. For example on the day of the interview Coal generation was 44% and Wind was 0.7%! Coal is now almost insignificant and wind generation is now up to 8GW with 20GW expected to be online by 2020...

In 2012 the national grid were forecasting 500,000 EV's on the road by 2020 and saying that they could easily cope with that as it would increase peak demand only by about 1GW. (Currently daily peak demand is between about 35GW and 60GW depending on the season)

Interesting stuff.

User avatar
NewcastleFalcon
Posts: 13942
Joined: 25 Feb 2009, 11:40
x 1371

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by NewcastleFalcon »

Time for a debut on the thread for the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

If you have patience with the awful presentation of their website...on my old desktop anyway....

They came up with this story

'Drive for free' offer from Nissan and renewable energy firm Ovo
Car giant Nissan has launched a scheme that will see people able to earn money by using one of its electric vehicles.

The company have joined forces with energy firm Ovo, which has a project that will see drivers able to get a £350 in an annual credit plus the ability to save around £240 on their electricity bill by using Nissan's xStorage Home system.

The two firms are also accelerating their work on a vehicle-to-grid system which will available to drivers of the Nissan Leaf made at its Sunderland plant from next January.


Regards Neil

User avatar
CitroJim
A very naughty boy
Posts: 43091
Joined: 30 Apr 2005, 23:33
x 1494

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by CitroJim »

OVO sponsored the Tour of Britain cycle race back in September...

Surprised they did not say you could save even more on your electricity bill if you cycle rather than drive ;)

User avatar
white exec
Moderating Team
Posts: 6422
Joined: 21 Dec 2015, 13:46
x 1086

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by white exec »

There are actually four hydro pumped storage facilities in the UK, Dinorwic (Wales) and Cruachan (Scotland) being the largest...
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/2016 ... leted.html
Years ago, we visited Cruachan, which included a 5-minute minibus journey into the granite mountain and the generator hall - the size of a small cathedral.

harryp
Donor 2016
Posts: 651
Joined: 07 May 2011, 16:03
x 29

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by harryp »

In 2012 the national grid were forecasting 500,000 EV's on the road by 2020 and saying that they could easily cope with that as it would increase peak demand only by about 1GW. (Currently daily peak demand is between about 35GW and 60GW depending on the season)
. Again, would be useful to see the graph of demand?

User avatar
bobins
Donor 2020
Posts: 3800
Joined: 05 Jul 2012, 18:07
x 1126

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by bobins »

Story on BBC website - Shell buys electric charging company.

Shell plugs into electric car charging company
Shell has bought NewMotion, the owner of one of Europe's largest electric car charging networks, to give its alternative fuels efforts a jolt.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41597299

User avatar
Michel
Donor 2020
Posts: 1863
Joined: 29 May 2017, 13:50
x 369

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by Michel »

Gibbo2286 wrote:
27 Sep 2017, 18:10
British and successful so he has to be scorned...


Well said Gibbo. It's seemingly our national pastime - knocking the successful!

The odd thing is that we seem to revere "British" success from those that weren't born here, which I don't get at all. Mo Farah, Lennox Lewis, Graham Hick, Kevin Pietersen, Greg Rudeski and so on and so on... all wonderful.

Frank Bruno, Nigel Mansell, Lewis Hamilton, Ian Botham, Chris Eubank, Tim Henman etc... scorned.

Not by me I hasten to add!! I simply think it weird

User avatar
Michel
Donor 2020
Posts: 1863
Joined: 29 May 2017, 13:50
x 369

Re: Electric cars/vans/bikes-Conversions/Secondhand..etc

Post by Michel »

white exec wrote:
05 Oct 2017, 09:05
There are actually four hydro pumped storage facilities in the UK, Dinorwic (Wales)


My dad did a fair amount of design and planning on Dinorwic and I got taken around bits of it as a nipper as it was being built.