A little corner of Nevada...

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Elon Musk recently said that that "...a corner of Utah and Nevada..." could power the entire United States with solar power. I wish that were true, but his numbers are way, way off. By multiple orders of magnitude. Elon Musk's Claims At Face Value Solar irradiance is a very well understood, and very thoroughly mapped unit of measurement. Assuming "a corner of Utah and Nevada" sees upwards of 2000 Read more

Solving Tomorrow's CO2 Crisis, Today

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The idea of a hydrostatic drivetrain isn't new. Today's industrial mining, farming, and construction industries rely heavily upon this technology to cost-effectively do their work. In fact, military vehicles, buses, urban delivery trucks, refuse haulers, and even some sports utility vehicles and family sedans already leverage hydrostatic drivetrains. Looking into the past; Egyptians used Read more

MPGe Is Inaccurate

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This is a followup to an earlier blog posting; intended to more concisely highlight how MPGe claims are provably misleading, by nearly a factor of three. An all-electric vehicle doesn't consume gasoline, but Americans are accustomed to measuring vehicle efficiency in gasoline's Miles Per Gallon (MPG). As a result, the US-EPA came up with Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe), as a means of measuring Read more

MPGe is a Lie

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The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Miles Per Gallon Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe) "measurement" is how electric and hybrid vehicles compare "fuel efficiency". The rest of the world measures things differently, but we'll talk about that more later. What's strange, is that some really basic math suggests the EPA's MPGe numbers deceptively misrepresent an electric vehicle's true "fuel Read more