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by MalcolmB
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Cars,Vans and other road vehicles
Topic: Electric vehicles on Top Gear next weekend
Replies: 26
Views: 18312

qdos wrote:I think the conclusion Top Gear came to was Electric motors in cars are not at all bad if only we could sort out a way to refuel them quickly like we can with a petrol car.

It's not quite two minutes, but the Altair Nano cells are not far off: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcbx57Azisw
by MalcolmB
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: Cars,Vans and other road vehicles
Topic: Electric vehicles on Top Gear next weekend
Replies: 26
Views: 18312

The most prolific and cheapest way to get hydrogen is through water electrolysis. The energy required to compress the hydrogen to the required 5,000psi (and more) is massive.To produce 1kg of liquid hydrogen requires about 70kWh. That's enough to power the FCX for about 72 miles, and the Tesla for ...
by MalcolmB
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: Cars,Vans and other road vehicles
Topic: Electric vehicles on Top Gear next weekend
Replies: 26
Views: 18312

Maybe it was just me, but I got a strong impression that they dismissed the Tesla as a novelty while waxing lyrical about the hydrogen fuel cell as being the propulsion source of the future. Same old red herring. Clarkson did his usual trick of asking where the electricity comes from for plug-in car...
by MalcolmB
Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: JS/Obfuscated (trojan) ?
Replies: 4
Views: 4482

Yes, I still get the malware warning that I mentioned a while back when I navigate to the main site from this forum. This is on a Mac running the latest version of Safari. I've only ever had this warning for one other website. Having said that I ignored the warning and have not suffered any ill effe...
by MalcolmB
Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: Cars,Vans and other road vehicles
Topic: Lightest car to convert?
Replies: 30
Views: 24901

Didn't want to spoil Bob's day, but I actually think I have spotted a speck of dirt on that immaculate chassis ;-) I noticed that as well, thought the chassis was holed at first, but it must be muck. Shocking eh. :P Just noticed the belt drive as well. Nice. Can you tell me what width/pitch that is...
by MalcolmB
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Cars,Vans and other road vehicles
Topic: Lightest car to convert?
Replies: 30
Views: 24901

Well done Chris, you can't complain at that price, especially if the chassis turns out to be as good as it sounds. Should make a cracking conversion, with a little bit of work :wink: Have you got a motor for it yet? Any projected performance figures? Or will this be an 'organically evolving' project...
by MalcolmB
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: All things battery related
Topic: Maximum outdoor charging current?
Replies: 12
Views: 13742

Many thanks to Nick and mab for that really useful information! I'm not a stickler for rules, but there are so many jobsworths around nowadays that I might as well do this right from the start :) So all I need is a 16/32A IP 44 blue socket that complies to BS EN 60309-2, plus a 30mA RCD. That's anot...
by MalcolmB
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Web and Forum site status.
Replies: 183
Views: 141727

Hi Chris

Very odd. Sorry to cry wolf. Now I need to find out why my computer's telling porkies.
by MalcolmB
Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: All things battery related
Topic: Maximum outdoor charging current?
Replies: 12
Views: 13742

Thank you Jeremy. Practical experience counts for a lot. There's no protecting overhang on the wall where I want to install the socket, but it would be easy to make a simple shield of some sort, and probably a lot cheaper than buying an IP 67 socket.
by MalcolmB
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Web and Forum site status.
Replies: 183
Views: 141727

Yes, I get a malware warning when I visit the main site as well. This is what Google has to say: Safe Browsing Diagnostic page for 77.221.133.0 What is the current listing status for 77.221.133.0? This site is not currently listed as suspicious. What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 59...

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