Thursday, June 14, 2007

Why doesn't GE make Semi Trucks?

It's the perfect logical progression. The have made diesel-electric locomotives for decades now. They are very efficient, can haul incredible loads, and have tons of power.

The biggest and and most inefficient trucks on the highway today are semi trucks. Just think about it. Strap a deisel engine to a generator. Take a traction motor out of a locomotive and attach it directly to the rear wheels. Moving 50 tons would be nothing.

People are talking about electronic valve timing and other technologies to make diesels cleaner.

I guess that this idea still wouldn't be perfect until someone comes out with a cheap ultrapacitor. That way you could use regenerative braking and really save a ton of cash.

BTW, I was doing some research on electric cars the other day...

750watts = 1HP

200HP = 150kW

If you have a battery pack that can supply 384 volts, you still need 392 amps. WOW.

I was checking around and a AC motor controller that can handle 150kW cost $15k. Ouch.

For an interesting movie and a informative website, check this out...

Who Killed The Electric Car

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The White Stripes

I'm pissed that I've never seen The White Stripes live. They've been in MKE several times but for some reason I've always missed them. I'm listening to an online preview of their old albums. What do you know? They kick royal ass like all of their other albums.

I want to feel that bass drum kick in my chest live.

I really need to get my car stereo back in. Dual 12s aren't as good as seeing them live, but almost.

BTW, I heard a new System of a Down track on Rock'One the other day. It was funky and almost opera-like. It was good. I want more.