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    Quote Originally Posted by myliberty View Post
    I am confused as to what problem they have solved with this?
    BMW have missed the point I think.
    Much easier for a car to drive off an charge itself. Useful for any sort of shuttle bus/tram system whereby you put these in each 'stop' and the electric vehicle charges itself a little bit each time it stops on a route. First step on the way towards having continuous recharging as a car is driving.

    The thing about new technologies is that sometimes you have to try stuff and see where it leads. Development in new areas is never a simple straight line where you figure out where you want to end up and then do the r&d and end up exactly at that point.

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    Philosophical Jeff: The straight line of progress is defined by the wrong turns made along the way.

    Or something like that.

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    ^ Agreed.

    And for me noise at the track is part of the attraction so maybe electric race cars is a wrong turn. A nesc step perhaps to develop the tech but sheesh surely as dull as for the spectator ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriPod1 View Post
    ^ Agreed.

    And for me noise at the track is part of the attraction so maybe electric race cars is a wrong turn.
    Have you heard the noises a rimac makes.
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    Quoting TriPod1's late 19th century ancestor: "And for me [horse noises/smells/whatever] at the track is part of the attraction so maybe motorised racing is a wrong turn".

    Probably would have been a valid argument at the time. Also worth noting that horse racing is still around for those who like it; ICE powered racing will probably stick around in some form as well, even as electric takes over the mainstream. Nothing to get worried about IMO.
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    umm inductive charging can be horribly inefficient compared to connection.

    what is the purpose of electric cars again?
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    ^Also have to weigh in convenience as a factor as IOMA pointed out.

    How many people here use inductive charging for their mobile phones?

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    inductive charging is just plain dumb for anything but toothbrushes. Just plug the car in and charge it. if that's not convenient, put a socket on the wall; the car can drive itself, let the car plug itself in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Broadhurst View Post
    umm inductive charging can be horribly inefficient compared to connection.

    what is the purpose of electric cars again?
    Yet would still be more efficient than petrol/diesel. But also means you can charge it off your roof top.

    Quote Originally Posted by myliberty View Post
    inductive charging is just plain dumb for anything but toothbrushes. Just plug the car in and charge it. if that's not convenient, put a socket on the wall; the car can drive itself, let the car plug itself in.
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    If you can afford a electric beemer, you can likely afford the extra powerwall so that you can charge the car overnight from the solar power the day before. If the power is free from the sun transfer losses won't really make much difference, more a question of system capacity.

    Obviously you want you system as efficient as possible, but people are lazy. For the housewife/husband driving to the shops 5km away a few times a day then inductive charging would be perfect.

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    Picked up my neighbours new i-miev minicab today and drive it back from Zillmere to manly.

    Also tried out the rapid charger at Hamilton near eat street markets.

    These have older tech batteries being a 2013, and it took 17 minutes to load 3.0kwa which was about 20% charge.

    Driving them is certainly a novelty factor. This one is a super exceed. Chrome mofos
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pupat View Post
    Yet would still be more efficient than petrol/diesel. But also means you can charge it off your roof top.


    I welcome our snakey overlords
    Have seen previously. This is an expensive and complicated solution to having the charge port in the wrong place on the car.
    The car can move. The socket doesn’t have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myliberty View Post
    Have seen previously. This is an expensive and complicated solution to having the charge port in the wrong place on the car.
    The car can move. The socket doesn’t have to.
    Exactly. My robotic vacuum cleaner manages to line itself up with the charger, I'm sure we can come up with something similar for cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gats View Post
    Exactly. My robotic vacuum cleaner manages to line itself up with the charger, I'm sure we can come up with something similar for cars.
    People have enough trouble getting cars in marked parking spots properly, how the hell do you think they'd be able to line up the car to the charging dock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsa76 View Post
    People have enough trouble getting cars in marked parking spots properly, how the hell do you think they'd be able to line up the car to the charging dock?
    They won't, thats why the car will do it

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    Mini Electric 2019: EV hatch teased ahead of launch next year

    https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-new...ext-year-69871

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMOA View Post
    They won't, thats why the car will do it
    What? The Mustang at Goodwood?.........

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