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  • earthnews1 earthnews1 Apr 24, 2008 3:55 PM Flag

    Think City Car - A Reason For PV's

    Hello Board:

    This is an investment that GE has made in a Norwegian Electric Car company called Think Global. Charging the Think City with solar panels off the home's roof is the future:

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    • It will take a large solar panel area to charge an EV for everyday driving, and then only if you let it sit charging during the day and drive at night. A spare set of batteries to hold intermediate charge could accumulate power during the day and allow a transfer to car batteries at night, but two sets of advanced batteries and a large solar array would be very expensive. Might work if you only drive once or twice a week, and let it charge the other days.

      The solar charged EV does not seem practicle for everyday commuting. Better move close to your job so you can walk, bike, or use mass trans to work, then use the solar charged EV once a week for longer trips.

    • Much cooler electric cars / homes. I like the looks of the mini copoper combined with electic power and may have to look into it as our city vehicle:

    • Electric cars like the Think City and the Tesla Roadster will drive the sales of photovoltaics as many people will want to start to charge their electric cars off the sun.

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      • What is the range? What is the price?

      • I hope so i agree with this article. We need to act faster

        Climate change: Time is running out
        Story Highlights
        World leaders are on the brink of consensus on climate change

        Scientists, politicians and business leaders agree that the world is warming

        New scientific data has derailed skeptics' alternative theories

        Changed migration patterns, earlier blooming are now visible to casual observers

        By Matthew Knight
        For CNN
        LONDON, England (CNN) -- It appears that the scale and seriousness of climate change is at last being grasped. In 2008, we stand on the brink of a historic consensus, not only between scientists, but in the corridors of political power and in boardrooms across the globe.

        It's not difficult to understand why. Every week, newspapers and magazines report the latest data coming in from scientific study. And it's one way traffic, with every report, study or analysis pointing to one fact -- the world is warming.

        In March this year the World Glacier Monitoring Service reported that glaciers are melting at their fastest rate in the past 5000 years.

        As global warming starts to redraw the physical map, so our experiences of it are irreversibly altered. Human survival has been based on unrivaled adaptation to the environment, but plants and animals will and are inevitably succumbing to subtle changes in the climate.

        Plagued by the chytrid fungus -- which has thrived as water and air temperatures change -- the Panamanian golden frog is all but extinct in the wild. Scientists have resorted to taking any they find out of their natural habitat and into captivity.

        In the long term, our future is no less secure. We are already experiencing extreme weather events. The heat wave that struck Europe in 2003 claimed over 30,000 lives, while Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, gave us a glimpse of what the future might be like.

        The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) fourth and most recent assessment report (AR4) was published in 2007. It makes for grim reading. Drawing on the collective expertise of scientists worldwide, it provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about the perilous state of our planet.

        The picture painted is one of unprecedented change. And it's happening right now. Not only are poles and peaks melting, diseases -- including malaria, dengue fever and Lyme disease -- are moving northwards.


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