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8.23.2009

COULD CRANKING POWER CARS LIKE A RADIO?

It's fun to think that Ford Motor Company will come full circle and that we will charge the new electric cars by using a hand crank, just like the ones we started when the Model T was first invented.

Since the practicality of the power source that charges weather radios and other small appliances is unlikely to be adaptable to autos, Ford Motor Company is working to figure out the infrastructure to power electric cars throughout America
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The NY Times reported this week that Ford is testing new technologies that would make charging batteries cheap and convenient. No one clearly knows at this point how much demand will be placed on the existing electrical grid and whether the grid can meet the needs when everyone comes home from work and plugs in.


Ford says it will produce an electric commercial van in addition to its planned compact, Focus, sometime in 2011. The question becomes if everyone wants to charge their vehicles in the evening, will the grid be able to handle it? Ford is looking at a system that identify areas that are projected to have large numbers of electric hybrid cars and would notify drivers when to plug in, to stagger the demand.

Coulomb Technologies in California, is selling recharging stations, which have the capability to be run on solar power.

Closer to home, Ybor City in Tampa has purchased ChargePoint systems that will be installed soon by a local Solar Source company. Florida's Department of Management Services has had an electrical recharging station for state electric vehicles
ever since its facility was built in Southwood early in 2000. Despite the ChargePoint's charging station's new installation in a McDonald's in North Carolina, it's doubtful that a battery would receive much of a charge in the minutes it takes to order and consume a burger, and even more doubtful that electric car owners are big McDonald's consumers. How many times has a person actually used the free Wi-Fi offerred at McDonalds?

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