Why aren’t electric vehicles likely to replace the fossil-fuel internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle? There are significant challenges that current EV technology needs to overcome to provide a competitive advantage over the fossil fuel internal combustion engine. Here are the major ones:
Problem: The typical pure EV that will compete with a fossil fuel vehicle will need to be capable of a single charge range that exceeds 500 miles.
Solution: Develop an EV with single charge range approaching 1,000 miles between charges.
2. Use of Accessories:
Problem: Consumers expect greater than ICE range while utilizing cabin heat in cold weather, air conditioning in hot weather, wipers in the rain, lights at night, GPS, radio, computers, and other entertainment all the time.
Solution: Develop an on-board power generation technology that even with full use of accessories, range will still greatly exceed the best in class ICE vehicle.
3. Off-Grid Green Recharging:
Problem: One implied benefit of an EV is that it significantly reduces reliance on fossil fuel and fossil fuel power plants. Today, this is not the case and 100% green energy recharging is not yet practical. The EV today relies on the grid and the grid relies on fossil fuels. See (five challenges to replacing the fossil fuel grid) http://wp.me/p2XHby-5i
Solution: Develop a technology that enables small scale, 100% off-grid, green energy recharging capability, regardless if it is night or if the wind is calm.
4. Charging Time:
Problem:It takes too long to recharge batteries compared to filling up at the pump.
Solution: Instead of trying to refuel as often as an ICE vehicle develop a technology where range is so much more improved over an ICE vehicle that recharging is significantly less frequent than ICE vehicles. Charge time concerns are diminished.
5. En-route Replenishment:
Problem: The infrastructure for recharging facilities is growing enabling cross-country trips on key routes to be more practical. However, the inconvenience factor of having to wait to recharge still exists as compared to the relatively quick fossil fuel fill up time.
Solution: Develop a technology that is so much more efficient it requires far less required stopping to “refuel” as compared to an ICE vehicle.
Is there a technology to make all these solutions possible?
Yes. As we know, electricity and electrical motors are about 3x more efficient as compared to internal combustion engine to begin with. What if we could use electricity as the fuel to make more electricity? Wait, doesn’t that violate the Laws of Thermodynamics (Conservation of Energy)? Answer: Yes, but only if you are using a thermodynamic process. Instead, don’t use a thermodynamic process and operate in a nearly frictionless environment. Use a small amount of electricity to multiply the effects of centrifugal force. Figure out a way to redirect the multiplying effect of centrifugal force to help make the device operate. When the device is driven primarily via centrifugal force and only a trickle amount from the battery you can significantly reduce the amount of “electrical fuel” required from the battery. Use a computer to control and manage demand load versus centrifugal force creation, generation and draw off of the battery. Bonus range: use trickle charging techniques while the vehicle is being used; regenerative braking and small vehicle mounted solar to further increase range and/or time between charging. Trickle draw, off the battery, allows more opportunity for trickle recharging replenishment.
The result: EV range is significantly increased, power is available for accessories, off-grid recharging becomes practical, frequency of recharging is reduced, trickle charging of the battery can potentially keep the vehicle operating off-grid and untethered to recharging for far longer durations of time. These solutions will give the EV a significant competitive advantage over any fossil fuel ICE vehicle.
We know how to do this. We are looking for a critical thinking visionary not afraid to venture beyond what conventional wisdom has set as the boundaries