You may have noticed little toy helicopters buzzing around your head from time to time, something that would have been impossible without the development of the Lithium Ion battery for cell phones.
This power-to-wt. ratio offers the exciting prospect of pracktical electric automobiles.
The government tells us what kind of power plug we will all use, divides up the electromagnetic radio spectrum so all our TVs and radios work together, so why is it so difficult to set an electric vehicle battery standard which will facilitate robot battery changing technology?
A Robot Battery obviates the wait for the batteries to charge. You just drive in, put your card in the slot, and click-whirr your flat battery is gone and whirr-click your new battery is in place and off you go. You don’t even have to get out of your car! You do not have to worry about the lifetime of the battery because it is not your battery! You only own the car. This technology would take the electric vehicle from exotic toy to trendy gadget. Market forces would drive improvements to the technology.
It does NOT need government subsidies – they are counter productive as demonstrated with solar cells. (See Solyndra )
It does NOT provide a “vehicle to grid” solution to the “Renewables” energy storage problem because the renewable power is already extremely expensive and the losses of storing and recovering it put it in the ridiculous category. The main problem with “Renewables” is the energy density problem. You can power a city with a few standard power stations on the area of a farm whereas “Renewables” would need an area many times the area of the city itself.
PLEASE. Give electric vehicles a chance. Set international robot battery changing standards and encourage the technology and let the public decide if they like them.
ALL the issues raised by the Luddite Christopher Brooker in this unfortunate piece do not need to be a problem.
BTW – Lithium batteries need respect. They are very powerful. Buy good ones and don’t overcharge them. It’s not only Dreamliners that catch fire, they are likely to set fire to your garage if you leave them on charge to long and the same with your laptop.