Hamster Power!

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Just because you can, doesn't you mean you should...some renewable power ideas fall squarely in that category. Although does a Hamster Powered Generator (HPG) make any more sense? Before we explore, let's establish a few realistic baseline numbers: Hamster runs typically 8 miles per day, which is about 28,968 rotations of a 54cm hamster wheel. Averaging 50RPM, equals roughly 8 hours of running Read more

246 MPG Vehicle

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I recently had someone declare BS towards my claim of building a 246 MPG bike. Honestly, I still remain a bit shocked about the measurement myself. Although since my original test rides (and related measurements) were over five years ago, and because I didn't meticulously document the tests with videos, photos, or even an attempt at accurate fuel input measurements (I trusted the gas station Read more

Changing Gears

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Today, we're exploring my personal background in Electric Vehicles (EVs), and why my position on EVs has changed over a period of about 25 years. For me, the interest in EVs was sparked by a movie: Back to the Future III. I was 11 years old at the time, and I wanted to better understand how Mr Fusion could power a time machine. So I dug into the history of electrical technologies...I dug until I 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