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Electric parking lot sweepers?

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by wdolson, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. wdolson

    wdolson Active Member

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    Last night I ran to the supermarket just before they closed and as I left there was a vacuum cleaner truck running around the parking lot. I've seen these before in large parking lots after hours, they're used to suck up debris that people drop during the day. As the thing went by me, I got a choking nose full of diesel and my first thought was, "this would be a good application for an EV!" It wouldn't need much range, but the vacuum system probably would suck some battery power. It would also have plenty of time to charge during the day.
     
  2. Kratus

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    There are actually a lot of applications that are powered with fossil fuels and do not need range or autonomy.
    Especially in the gardening area.
     
  3. wdolson

    wdolson Active Member

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    Agreed. I was just musing how much my thinking has changed in only a few months.
     
  4. ScepticMatt

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    Similar story with winter applications (e.g. snow blowers)

    But many of them do use a lot of power, which is often not available or expensive from a battery or socket.
    The situation will improve with battery technology and Europe has the 44 kW IEC 60309 3 phase plugs.
     
  5. Matias

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    Well, there are also a lot of battery powered tools nowadays in gardering.
     
  6. BerTX

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    Need the Roomba ParkingLot model.
     
  7. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Smacking into parked cars and then turning to go in the other direction.
     
  8. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Same here. I now look at ICE engines in just about all applications as being so primitive.

     

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