BE 1 - BATTERY CARTRIDGE
The BE1 was the first ever electric racing car to feature the patented battery cartridge exchange system pioneered by inventor Nelson Kruschandl way back in 1990. It is necessary to standardize battery cartridges, or other vehicles may not share system components. BE1, BE2 and BE3 are capable of utilizing the cartridge pictured above. This cartridge may be configured for many different voltages and storage medium, including fuel cells. BE1 was designed to use lead-acid batteries to keep costs down. The total development cost of this car was in the region of £39,000, including a dedicated charger. A small price to pay for a world record contender that reached 90 mph in early trials using just 15Kw and topped 160 mph with some tweaking on a Sussex bypass. The full complement of motors (16 x 10kw = 160kw or 214hp) would have added another £21,000 to the bill and brought in a world record over 200mph. Don't forget that this car was current in 1995 when the world record was just 175mph. It was quite simply way ahead of its time.
Nickel-Metal-Hydride and the new Polymer cells are now freely available and would not increase overall project costs dramatically, simply because the vehicle would undoubtedly perform so much better. I.e. the $ per mph ratio might actually improve. By way of example, many solar powered electric cars use Worley Polymer cells now offering (190Wh/kg).
At time of writing BE3 has no corporate battery sponsor. If your company would like to offer support to the BE3 project, we would like to hear from you. The value to the project of such contribution is valued at £120,000.
Solar power from micro generation is now a growing industry as many Youtube videos are demonstrating. As these conversions and new builds gain in popularity electric vehicles will also gain favour, especially for households generating excess energy, which they could get better value from by using for transport. Electricity used in this way might reduce transport costs by up to 200%. So provide a higher quality of life with lesser environmental damage.
If buying an EV, it would make sense to have the latest future proof technology, such as battery cartridge exchange built into the vehicle, for self servicing, or exchanges at local stores or cooperatives. This technology exists but has not yet been incorporated in production vehicles.
When EVs become available with cartridge refueling, it would make sense to have in place at least a few service stations to cater for eventual demand. The technology would thus be in place when it is needed. Such a move when it is implemented will greatly reduce carbon dioxide build up in the atmosphere and ease the transition from oil based economies to abundant clean energy.
THE CHICKEN AND EGG SITUATION
If there were service forecourts to cater for battery cartridge exchange, that might in turn persuade motor manufacturers to produce vehicles with the system. This is a classic chicken and egg situation. Who should do what first.
Given the scale of the problem, it might be prudent for every corporation involved in the industry to at least investigate the potential that any emerging technology might offer for the future on mankind, which is after all the future of their company and eventual profits for their shareholders.
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A heartwarming adventure: Pirate whalers V Conservationists,
with an environmental message.
For release as an e-book in 2013 with hopes for a film in 2015 TBA
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