[Vwdiesel] Electric Drag Car

Patrick Dolan pmdolan at sasktel.net
Tue Dec 16 04:57:22 PST 2008

You CAN make an electric drag car, an ethanol-powered drag car, a jet dragster, a propane drag car, a rocket-powered sled and so on.  Heck, some fools even use one of the more idiotic fuels of all - gasoline.  The truth is that none of the above qualifies an energy source to be used in the real world.  The key (as I hope you gathered from my example) is the trillions of dollars of infrastructure already in place and REQUIRED to support that  particular use of energy.  

In other words, there is diesel and to some long-term extent, bio-diesel) as a viable alternative, and then there is nothing. So why waste valuable resources fooling around with pipe dreams?

Develop better fuel and fuel; use strategies for the one true multi-fuel engine that already fits within the system.


----- Original Message -----
From: William J Toensing <toensing at wildblue.net>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 3:51 am
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Electric Drag Car

> You can set up an electric car to win a drag race, from what I 
> have read. What has killed the electric car is a lack of range. 
> The ill fated GM EV-1 (Who Killed the Electric Car?) failed due to 
> insufficient range. One hundred miles under ideal conditions 
> before needing an 8 hour recharge (lead acid batteries). Could be 
> as low as 40 miles if you drove at night with the A/C or heater 
> on. Once battery technology evolves to where affordable batteries 
> with a range of at least 200 miles & the ability to recharge in 
> less than 10 minutes along with the infrastructure for this, will 
> electric cars become practical for other than short distance city 
> commuting.I would suggest that other posters say where they live. 
> Some do & others don't. Weather has a big effect on many of the 
> problems as weather conditions which affect vehicle operation & 
> problems vary considerably from Alaska, Seattle, UK, & Calif.
> Bill Toensing, Nevada City, CA
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