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Posted on 10/27/2009 6:26:23 AM PDT by dangus

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To: Mr. K

What simple calculations are you referring to? Lithium batteries take 1 hour to charge. The Tesla simply uses a large array of lithium batteries. If one charge worth’s of electricity flows at 110V in 8 hours, the same amount should flow at 880V in 1 hour... providing you can safely transfer the electricity. My question, and I worded it as a question, (even adding “and this might be in the category of just plain ignorant”) was whether that could be done.

41 posted on 10/27/2009 8:47:26 AM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: ctdonath2

>> Over 220v, electricity becomes an extreme safety issue. You don’t just double voltage in a family setting. Ditto for increasing current (an issue with fast-charging capacitors). <<

So maybe Tesla needs to design a compartmentalized battery? Sorry if this is really silly, but:

If this is 110 volts,
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why can’t you do this?
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and get 440 volts?

42 posted on 10/27/2009 8:50:41 AM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: par4

So could you have, say, four seperate power cables plugging into the Tesla?

43 posted on 10/27/2009 8:51:47 AM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: dangus

440 volts is not four 110 volts in parallel. You’re confusing current with voltage.

Let’s put my concern this way:
Would you rather be dropped on your head onto concrete from 110 inches, or from 440 inches?
For safety, let’s add a mattress in the landing zone. The 110 inches now looks survivable. That 440 inches looking any better?
Now, in this context your suggestion is like being dropped 110 inches four times.

44 posted on 10/27/2009 9:06:34 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (End the coup!)

To: dangus

Put another way, you’re mixing up the difference between X*4 vs. X^4. (Being a bit-pusher, my electrical equations are rusty so I won’t go further.)

45 posted on 10/27/2009 9:10:27 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (End the coup!)

To: dangus

At 880V you would exceed the insulation rating of the energized equipment and destroy it with arcing faults.

Most electrical equipment is designed to a standard 600V (rms) rating.

46 posted on 10/27/2009 9:14:24 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)

To: dangus

If it doesn’t run on gasoline crush it!!!

47 posted on 10/27/2009 9:17:01 AM PDT by dalereed

To: mnehring

Actually, the useful range of a gas Lotus is about the same as the Tesla. The Tesla runs out of battery charge and the Lotus needs a trip to the repair shop (usually with an electrical problem) after about the same number of miles.

48 posted on 10/27/2009 9:18:17 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." Herbert Hoover, 1932)

To: dangus
Four separate charging systems with all the safeties in place, sure why not? My point was that when you go over 250 volts you get into arc flash issues. You can't just plug in something with the kVa that you'd need to charge those batteries in a short time. That much current going to ground will vaporize metal, not like sticking a screwdriver across a 120V outlet, but real ionized metal, the kind that will remove body parts and cauterize the wounds instantly.

There's a reason why homeowners ahouldn't try to tie in their houses to the utility lines and they're "only" 120V each. Short out one of those lines with a screwdriver and you'll have a stubby left (if you're lucky).

49 posted on 10/27/2009 9:23:14 AM PDT by par4 (Proud new member of the racist corps)

To: dangus

We would suggest that folks in California are already too busy driving along those hydrogen highways with their hydrogen stations that the Governator fell in love with rather than develop California boundless untouched oil reserves and allow innovation in oil on a level tax playing field with boondoggles.

50 posted on 10/27/2009 9:49:39 AM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)

To: dangus

I meant the calculations of cost to create these 880V charging stations for a new and extremely minor part of the market

51 posted on 10/27/2009 10:07:54 AM PDT by Mr. K (I live in fear that one of my typos becomes a freeper catchphrase...I'm series!)

To: Anima Mundi
Could have timeshare cars where you don’t own the particular car but access to a pool of like cars at varous stations or bases...

There is an outfit called ZIP Cars that does just that- my son in D.C. has used them a number of times. You log on with your request and the response tells you where to pick up the vehicle. One time I drove him to the location, and there was the car sitting on a vacant lot on a side street.

52 posted on 10/27/2009 10:40:49 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)

To: ctdonath2

So then what I’m proposing is entirely possible, since there are already 480V charging devices which Tesla has already conformed its engine to. All that needs happening is the concept of a charging station.

53 posted on 10/27/2009 12:21:11 PM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: Mr. K

>> I meant the calculations of cost to create these 880V charging stations for a new and extremely minor part of the market <<

There wouldn’t have to be a lot. Just a station every hundred miles or so along the major (2-digit) interstates. And if there’s little demand, the stations could consist of a relatively small number of outlets.

54 posted on 10/27/2009 12:23:35 PM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: dangus
The Fisker Karma and Chevrolet Volt use different technology, for hybrid.
55 posted on 10/27/2009 12:33:34 PM PDT by truth_seeker

To: Mr. K; 1rudeboy; tx_eggman; mnehring; aMorePerfectUnion; Proud2BeRight

Turns out the only thing wrong with my notion is I didn’t know what to query for before wondering if its already being done. With the responses of some of the more helpful people (I hadn’t recalled that voltage is logarithmic) I have found out the idea is already planned for by Tesla. All that remains is to build the stations, and the demand for them.

“The Model S takes three to four hours to charge using a 240-volt outlet, or as few as 45 minutes using a 480-volt outlet.”
—Tesla Motors

So you can drive about 4 hours, grab lunch (45 minutes) at 1:00, drive 4 more, grab dinner at just before 6:00, drive 4 more and drive from Washington to Chicago in one day at 60 mph.

The stations need only be on major (numbered with 2 digits) interstates, and the size of the stations could be very highly scalable.

56 posted on 10/27/2009 12:40:59 PM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: dangus

My guess is the electric car will make most of its impact as a commuter vehicle, not as a cruiser.

And this presumes that the price of electricity under
Crap N Tax will be reasonable relative to petroleum fuels.

Issues like this are why business in the US is so bad.
Nobody can plan what economics will be like after the Baraqqi surge is completed.

57 posted on 10/27/2009 12:53:54 PM PDT by nascarnation

To: nascarnation

I agree the primary use of such a car is for commuting. But the truth is that regular folks don’t distinguish so sharply between cruisers and commuter vehicles. Any vehicle which is strictly one or the other would flop in the market, especially one that costs so much and relies on heavy usage to be cost effective.

58 posted on 10/27/2009 12:57:20 PM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: truth_seeker

Yes, and that’s why I only mentionned Tesla. But my guess is that given the fuel savings, when people stop at the internet rest stops for meals, they’ll probably want to juice up their Fisker, too.

The Volt is increasingly facing long odds.

59 posted on 10/27/2009 12:59:25 PM PDT by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)

To: dangus

So, you want to build infrastructure for a company that has sold to date what? Maybe 1000 cars total? A service station owner could buy one of these super chargers if they could be built and live his entire life on a busy interstate and never ever even see a tesla pull into his station, let alone need a charge.

Good luck with that.

60 posted on 10/27/2009 1:01:14 PM PDT by HamiltonJay