DailyDirt: Charging Up Your Car In The Future

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Charging an electric car battery can take hours, so it seems somewhat inconvenient compared to a few minutes at a conventional gas station to fill up a tank. Electric cars also have shorter ranges than conventional vehicles. There are a few solutions to these problems, but many of them aren't quite ready for consumers. Here are a few possible technologies for cars that don't run on gasoline. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Sep 2014 @ 6:32pm

    Tesla batteries

    Tesla batteries are tightly integrated into the car, so I doubt it would be worth the effort for a 3rd party battery maker to try to reverse engineer a Tesla battery....

    Tesla may freely license its patents, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to build a "knock off" of their technology more cheaply!

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Sep 2014 @ 7:00pm

    I for one am proud to use electricity from a coal power plant to power my car instead of using petroleum-based fuel to power my car. #fortheenvironment

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    Anon, 24 Sep 2014 @ 7:07am

    Batteries, batteries

    The next breakthrough in batteries appears to be like the next breakthrough in nuclear fusion - for the last 5 or 10 years, batteries with much higher capacity have been only 2 years away. Call us when you have a commercially available, proven product.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Sep 2014 @ 7:30am

    Why not just electrify the major routes? This is what we do with trains instead of fitting wagons with batteries. With wireless conduction technology we needn't even set up obstructive overhead cables.

    It might seem far fetched but I think it's worth looking at, especially for major commuter routes.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 24 Sep 2014 @ 8:56am

      Re:

      Wireless conduction is incredibly inefficient, requiring the generation of a lot more power than will actually get used for transportation.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Sep 2014 @ 9:06am

    Don't forget the planned quick-battery-swap (90 seconds) in Tesla stations in the future: www.teslamotors.com/batteryswap

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    Tina Bellmanns, 26 Sep 2014 @ 4:06pm

    future parking

    yes, maybe we charge the cars in the future and apparently we do not even need to bother about the parking anymore, i learned here:http://smart-magazine.com/space/the-parking-wizard/
    it is incredible how quick all these new inventions develop...

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    batterymittapap, 24 Nov 2014 @ 7:16pm

    This is a good new for our world future. fossil fuel is become less and less used. with the new technology human invented to replace the old way is helping us reduce using resource that one day will be completely depleted. I think in just 3-4 years we will drive cars that require no fuel at all.

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