BE 1 - LOADING SERVO
Sometimes brute force is not enough. 'Bluebird Electric' (BE1) was fitted with these pneumatic cylinders as an integral part of the chassis design, which picked up a cartridge sitting on the road surface and lifted it into the car's chassis, whereupon it was locked securely in place. The whole process required less than 40 seconds. By this means a LSR contender may speedily refuel after each run - again and again. Battery cartridges are extremely heavy (usually between 1/4 - 1/2 ton) and bulky. You can imagine that would take some manhandling without a built in loader. A derivative of this self-loading system is suitable for road vehicles.
After each land speed record run a turnaround time of 1 hour is allowed for refuelling, etc, before the return run. This may sound like a long time, but in practice every second counts. The cartridge exchange system was approved by the FIA prior to construction.
Other loading systems suitable for incorporation in production cars are being developed. We cannot reveal the design of these mechanisms which inevitably require design or other patent protection. Companies interested in how the system could be incorporated in their vehicles are welcome to view our converted Rover Metro demonstrator, subject to completion of a suitable Confidentiality Agreement.
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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