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  2. The big advantage for boats is that they can have substantial solar as well which will boost the range in sunny weather. So what Ian is saying is realistic, the chargers dont need to be superfast chargers, and depending on the size of the battery bank a 3 day range is easily workable for a narrowboat, my widebeam does require more energy to push it along, but not a huge amount more. I am more than happy with my conversion, and very soon it will have a variable pitch propeller which is supposed to be better for electric, time will tell if thats right
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  4. The big boat has has 30 x 36 volt 1.15 KWH batteries Bob, I may have 32 depends on how the repairs go to them, the old bank was 10 x 12 volt 1.6 KWH batteries, so the new system is substantially bigger than the old one, it will run at 72 volts nominally. I was just installing it before I came to Scotland for a working holiday, I have run the central heating pipes though the boxes so that they can charge in safety in the winter. I also have my BSS as well whilst doing this install poo!!
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  7. That's what the nice seller on Ebay called it?
  8. True Mike but the sales of them are skyrocketing! I don't get it but I am in the minority
  9. Also large solar arrays will reduce dependence on charging points to an extent. For once I am ahead of game
  10. I have a a step down transformer but run the fridge freezer at 24 volts
  11. I think a road tax of 5k per year might kill the sales
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  14. True Alan but they are building the next largest wind farm in the world of our coast! I suspect the chicken and egg principle for green electric is happening constantly. Also at some point the new nuclear will come on line
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  16. Life is to short to move when the boards are in the red, this August on the S&SY I waited 3 day's for it to go back to yellow it was still a quick journey! Having been on big tides on the Trent I know how little control we really have over the water, Rachel with NC has the power to push the current we don't so why would we?
  17. I think it helps if the car was always designed to be only a hybrid like our 2 Hondas they just use the electric motor to help in acceleration which really helps fuel consumption, I have turned off the battery and it makes a big difference both in pleasure and cost ?
  18. I have 2 of them, the reality is that at times it does use the engine whilst under light load to charge the battery which will increase fuel consumption, life unfortunately isn't all about going down hills! So maybe it's better to plug them in? My electric truck on regeneration nearly stops when I take my foot off the accelerator ! I hardly have to use brakes
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  21. I don't Ian, however they have regeneration braking which reduces massively the amount of particulates, typically brakes will do 35k on ICE car and up to 100k on electric and 75k on hybrids. Tyres I would think are about the same, however no NOX, SOX and carcinogenic particles so it's a big win for electric especially if it's clean electric. However Ian I know life is a compromise and you can't really go around scraping good cars but it's to be expected that they will be banned from certain areas
  22. I am looking at a load of wind turbines bit cleaner than oil plus batteries can be recycled oil only polutes
  23. Petrol or diesel they both cause local pollution which kills locally and centrally where it's made, drilled for and transported, both locally and globally, it's a filthy business! Electric is way cleaner don't believe the billions that oil companies are paying to discredit electric because you become a cause not a solution
  24. No idea but they do so let's all go back to 10 litre monsters etc?
  25. I don't think we will have to worry about it 2029 meteorite is supposed to hit earth so jobs done!
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