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Old 07-03-2013, 06:53 AM   #26551
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Good luck, v.d. V.d. is your initials?
I don't know which sounds more interesting as a job. It sounds like your heart is with tesla, though. From my perspective, having either opportunity is incredible.

I've often wondered why there isn't more centrifugal clutchs, cvt's, or something that operates the same, on more vehicles. I understand electric is more conductive to that kind of drive. But keeping a crotch rocket, Harley-Davidson, 4 cylinder car, or whatever internal combustion engine in the ideal torque range would have to be an advantage in acceleration and performance.
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As of yet, cvts don't have the durability to handle the torque of modern engines in performance applications. They are working on it though. There have been a few prototypes to come out of the performance market though.
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Good luck, v.d. V.d. is your initials?
I don't know which sounds more interesting as a job. It sounds like your heart is with tesla, though. From my perspective, having either opportunity is incredible.

I've often wondered why there isn't more centrifugal clutchs, cvt's, or something that operates the same, on more vehicles. I understand electric is more conductive to that kind of drive. But keeping a crotch rocket, Harley-Davidson, 4 cylinder car, or whatever internal combustion engine in the ideal torque range would have to be an advantage in acceleration and performance.
Electrics do not utilize any sort of clutch whatsoever. They are direct drive right off the motor itself. 100% of the torque is available from a dead stop all the way up to the (limited) top speed. The Tesla I rode in a couple of years ago had a two-speed option. Economy and power. They have eliminated that option from the production cars (though I believe a few of the earliest Roadsters still had it) since it was just two different power management settings and nobody was using the economy setting. Go figure.

A buddy of mine has a Nissan Leaf and it does have two settings, but that is primarily to extend the limited range on that car (he gets about 85 miles out of a charge because he lives in the mountains where there is a lot of altitude increase on the way home). I have driven his car and it is one nice ride (despite its butt-ugly appearance)

There is a company called Zero Motorcycles (also local around here) that make both dirt bikes and dual-sport bikes. Their power to weight ratios are far, far better than any internal combustion engines can come close to. The only problem with them is the battery technology limits their range, but that is sure to change rapidly in the coming future. I wonder why they don't offer a supplemental battery pack for their Dual Sport bike to extend the range??? http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/

At this point the only down side to any of the state-of-the-art electric vehicle is range. They have all of the other aspects nailed big time. Battery technology is rapidly changing and there are billions of dollars being spent around here and elsewhere in order to crack that nut.

And BTW, I don't care to be called VD if you don't mind.
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I just noticed, in the picture you can see in the bacground the mountains where I live! I can see the observatory from where I am sitting right now!
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As of yet, cvts don't have the durability to handle the torque of modern engines in performance applications. They are working on it though. There have been a few prototypes to come out of the performance market though.
Wifes dodge caliber has a cvt trans and i hate the damn things , sounds like a high powered golfcart WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

but it will hold 6500rpms all the way from 1st to 4th 0-100,,,,, just hangs out at 6500 , sounds like it slipping but its not .
IF you dont floor it you can feel it change gears just a little bit.

Just took the Harley for the 1st test drive since the wreck , unfortunately I have moderate injuries to BOTH hands and my A-hole hurts on the seat I have on it and noo rear brake right now so its not THAT fun to drive just yet .
But its 1pm and I have 5 boats to get out including one engine hang and I still have no parts

WHY AM I ON HERE ? I SHOULD BE WORKING
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Off the boat. Woohoo.
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Off the boat. Woohoo.
Hug your wife and daughter and most certainly enjoy your new home.
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Electrics do not utilize any sort of clutch whatsoever. They are direct drive right off the motor itself. 100% of the torque is available from a dead stop all the way up to the (limited) top speed. The Tesla I rode in a couple of years ago had a two-speed option. Economy and power. They have eliminated that option from the production cars (though I believe a few of the earliest Roadsters still had it) since it was just two different power management settings and nobody was using the economy setting. Go figure.

A buddy of mine has a Nissan Leaf and it does have two settings, but that is primarily to extend the limited range on that car (he gets about 85 miles out of a charge because he lives in the mountains where there is a lot of altitude increase on the way home). I have driven his car and it is one nice ride (despite its butt-ugly appearance)

There is a company called Zero Motorcycles (also local around here) that make both dirt bikes and dual-sport bikes. Their power to weight ratios are far, far better than any internal combustion engines can come close to. The only problem with them is the battery technology limits their range, but that is sure to change rapidly in the coming future. I wonder why they don't offer a supplemental battery pack for their Dual Sport bike to extend the range??? http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/

At this point the only down side to any of the state-of-the-art electric vehicle is range. They have all of the other aspects nailed big time. Battery technology is rapidly changing and there are billions of dollars being spent around here and elsewhere in order to crack that nut.

And BTW, I don't care to be called VD if you don't mind.
my prediction. that battery technology is going to advance by leaps and bounds in the next several years. they have already improved vastly over the last several years. IMO, i see batteries being the last really big hurdle for electric cars.

Stihl has an Ion battery powered lawnmower that is awesome, and the battery is actually very small. the lawnmower is very lightweight and pretty powerful for a battery operated lawnmower. mainly being marketed for people living in town and that have a small yard. we have one on the showroom floor and it's priced at $399.
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There was a tragic accident this morning in lacrosse wi. Lock number 7. I do a lot of work there and am familiar and friendly with the staff of the harbor service there. Tug was assisting a tow into the lock, and somehow went into the dam.

Two got off. They recovered the third today. 22 year old. I'm fairly sure it's the guy I normally work with. Hoping its not. Either way very sad.

http://m.waow.com/w/main/story/94991566/
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I AM GOING TO MURDER MY SON WHEN I GET HOME !!!!

Apparently he got mad about something and hit my 60 in samsung plasma tv with his bang bang and ruined the screen .
Yea the tv that I custom built a entire WALL for , yea the 1000.00 tv thats not 2 yrs old
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAH HHHHHH
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There was a tragic accident this morning in lacrosse wi. Lock number 7. I do a lot of work there and am familiar and friendly with the staff of the harbor service there. Tug was assisting a tow into the lock, and somehow went into the dam.

Two got off. They recovered the third today. 22 year old. I'm fairly sure it's the guy I normally work with. Hoping its not. Either way very sad.

http://m.waow.com/w/main/story/94991566/
Sheesh dude, that sucks. Sorry to here that. Stay alert.
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