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recharging electric cars

I am not an engineer or an electronic specialist but I wonder why we cannot use the air pressure in front of the car through a duct in the bonnet to drive an alternator to produce electricity to re charge the battery while we drive. This would need to know the ammount of energy used to decide the capacity of the alternator and it's production of energy.
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Cars run on water

I have a mechanical and electrical engineer friend who has created a car running on hydrogen fuel created by zinc platter and water. The only thing is that he is reluctant to make it public although I have seen what he has done. If this gadget were to put into all our cars it will be incredible. Zero pollution and no revenue for the Government. Any fuel running on petrol will be redundant and the end of oil exploration... more »

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NZ EV Production Model

I think a standardized EV model, based on a 750kg platform featuring a basic design car with standard options can be organically grown here in New Zealand and sold worldwide for $25,000 or less. The car would have a 100km range and a top speed of 100kmph. We have the technology and expertise to make it happen right now. Agree or disagree?

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more electric sales in nZ

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$35000 for a volt in the us should make it $41000 her, not $85000.More incentive such as a $5000 minimum trade in on a lease to buy deal would be a good start.

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Alternative methods for funding EVs

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The industry keeps asking for grants for develping an industry in New Zealand. But there are other options. What about a low interest loans which can be partly or wholly repaid from operational savings afforded by the vehicle.

Also the vehicle companies have to come to the party, as currently their offers are considerably more expensive than in other countries.

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COUNTRY recharging service stations the priority

Recharging points in the city is of little importance. We shouldn't be commuting long distances in cars, we should be using public transport for this. Widespread car commuting is always going to a disaster for our cities purely on the amount of area cars take up. All the great cities of the world are great because they are not car dominated; they aren't full of motorways, carparks and cars.
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Government subsidy to purchase EVs

New Zealand government should provide subsidies to New Zealanders to purchase Hybrid & Pure Electric Vehicles. While a lot of countries' governments provide substantial subsidies to encourage people to purchase EVs, NZ should also allow pure EV owners to drive on the bus lanes and transit lanes irrespective of single driver or with passengers in the car.

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Deploy chargers around Auckland regional parks/holiday spots

Most of Aucklanders go around on weekends to regional parks like Goat Island reserve etc... Currently EVs have limited range, thus reaching Goat Island, which is 75kms one way from City centre, is almost impossible.
Placing chargers there could increase usefulness of current EVs substanially, decreasing range anxiety, while results being increased EV uptake.

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Creating a 2nd hand market for EVs in NZ

The quickest way for mass EV adoption in NZ is to create a second hand market. Unfortunately, we can't source these EVs domestically.The number shows as of Nov 2012, there are only 60 EVs registered in NZ. The average NZers can't afford a $69K Leaf price tag. However, I believe from $25K to $45K, will attract more uptake. I've done some research and found that this is possible. I will post an update once I have my first... more »

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Formula E city race to NZ

Formula E is a new electric car racing series starting in 2014 with pure electric cars. All courses are city courses with first races being held in prominent cities like Rio de Janeiro and Rome.

If we could bring a race to any of our cities, that could increase customer awareness of EVs and could be beneficial to NZ economy as a whole.

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Conversion Process

We need to get real information on how much weight different models of cars can take, the process at present is flawed to say the least, the Japanese in some cases take the curb weight and add 55 kg per person, we take this value and subtract 80 kg per person, I'll leave you to figure out what this means to convertors

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NZ Needs a new Energy Policy

Imagine a forward looking energy policy which sets the stage for a new energy lifestyle - one which goes beyond the framework of individual technologies and takes a holistic view of the opportunities presented by electric vehicles, solar power, batteries & fuel cells. Click agree if you would support such an initiative.

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