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Ecovelocity - Low-Carbon Motor Festival in London

Discussion in 'News' started by Nik, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Nik

    Nik Dreaming no more :-(

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    September 2011: http://www.ecovelocity.co.uk/whats-on/

    Tesla not mentioned as participating, but low-carbon cars will be available for testing around Battersea power station, apprently.
     
  2. Nik

    Nik Dreaming no more :-(

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    Tickets now on sale, although this apparently wasn't enough of an event to trigger an e-mail to those who'd signed up for further information...
     
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    Nik Dreaming no more :-(

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    At the risk of this becoming a one-man thread, is anyone thinking of going along to this show? Tesla will be present, according to the website.

    Mere hours after I'd bought non-refundable tickets for the show, my wife tells me that we're booked in to an unavoidable and immovable family event on the same day.

    Any offers for a family ticket to Ecovelocity for Saturday 10th September? PM me if you're interested.
     
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    I'm going - but planning on the Friday as I also have a family event on the Saturday. :frown:
     
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    There is a 50% discount promo code for this - VM16

    I can confirm that it works.
     
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    Kevin, Nikki and others visited today. Seems like they had a good day (they are on the way home now).

    Nik and I will be there tomorrow (also Leaf driver "EV Tornado"). Anyone else? Send me a PM if you want to meet up.
     
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    #7 dpeilow, Sep 11, 2011
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    Good to meet you on Friday Nik. I had a great time - bumped into many other regulars from the EV scene. I hardly had any time to myself!


    Here's a recording of the debate that Robert Llewellyn hosted on Saturday.




    Props to the guy from Nissan for the succinct answer to the hydrogen question.
     
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    Roadster there:
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  9. Nik

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    The ironic thing is that the building in the background is a former power station. It's the largest brick building in Europe.
     
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    Coal fired, no less.

    I asked the organisers if hosting it in a defunct one was symbolic.
     
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    That brickwork is stunning.
     
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    Yeah, does it really look like that or is that some sort of moire pattern?
     
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    Hmmm. Could be. Though the bottom portion should do it too.

    (waiting patiently for TEG to post 3 links on Moire pattern definitions) :)

    Or a picture of a family of Japanese tourist standing in front of it. :) :)
     
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    The whole building is stunning. It is right on the river (Thames), in an open space, with the bridge and railways passing close by at optimum viewing distance. It was the landmark I used to find the right bridge, when I grew up there (thankfully after it had finished production and spewing pollution out of its stacks).
     
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    Sian made an excellent point that I've never heard of before (although I'm sure it's been discussed here somewhere and I've missed it.) Batteries in cars should be two-way, so you can charge them up during the day off solar or wind and use the power for your house at night if the car is idle (which would be great all winter, really, since the car is in the house all the time if it's too snowy outside). Her specific point was slightly different from mine. It seems she suggested that electric cars could be charged up at night and used as reserve power during the day if left plugged into the grid, presumably to offset cloudy or windless days in areas where the power was primarily alternative. That would actually take load off the grid. Yes, it would decrease battery life, but it would certainly be interesting if I had my own solar panels, the grid went down in a CME nightmare situation, and I could charge all day and power my building by night using the car, with enough left over for travel.
     
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    #16 vfx, Sep 12, 2011
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    Looks like it's getting a facelift? Keeping the font wall and making a new building behind it maybe?

    That was done with an LA landmark or two. Goodyear and Helms buildings

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    from your link:
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    Also famous because of it's visit by a pig.
     
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    #17 TEG, Sep 12, 2011
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    Why would I go and do something silly like that?!



     
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    You inspired me to watch the Mr. creosote scene again.
     
  19. Nik

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    Likewise. I got to drive a Leaf, an Ampera, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 (Diesel-Electric) and ride in a Citroen C0. I passed on the Renault Fluence due to having to leave early, and the battery position makes it unsuitable even for doing the weekly shopping. No boot space is all well and good in a Roadster or a Karma, but this is a regular-looking four-door saloon.

    I agree with you regarding the Ampera, and I have good experience with Vauxhall vehicles, but the 4-seat configuration makes it a non-starter for me. I liked the Leaf a lot, but I would need to really consider how I could plan around the range issue. The Hybrid4 power train was very nice, the ICE bit was as smooth as all PSA diesels and the transition from battery to ICE was seamless. For the the family car, I think either this or the forthcoming 508RXH may be the way forward.
     

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