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I've never seen a bomb sniffing dog at the airport once, only in the news. I wonder what happened to the awareness of terrorism...
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Originally Posted by ChvyVele View Post
B) Everybody complains about how airport security sucks when there's a terrorist attack or something, but then when they try to up security, people complain about that. Make up your minds.
Flying is a choice, so I don't think it's so bad. It might suck if you fly all the time, but you can't say your rights are being trampled on over access to a private service.

IE I work as a security guard [AKA a warm lump of meat with a pulse] for a local aeronautics company. People on the property, employees or otherwise, are subject to random and unwarranted search and seizure, and it's legal because you're on their property.
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You would need a very high current which would probably fry the battery. It would only be good for short commutes. That's the only thing electric vehicles are good for right now. This is why we have hybrids .
(a) Why would you need high current, and (b) you don't think that engineers wouldn't design it accordingly. It's not like the power goes directly into the batteries before voltage regulators, etc.

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That much electricity wirelessly. How much is wasted in the transmission?
Agreed, I wonder about that as well.

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The main problem with compressed air is storage. If the storage container fails, you have a bomb on hand (despite what you see in movies, this is not the case with conventional gasoline storage tanks). Also it's bulky.
You could say the same thing about a conventional gasoline tank/car engine. If something goes wrong, you have fuel and an ignition source linked together...
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I've never seen a bomb sniffing dog at the airport once, only in the news. I wonder what happened to the awareness of terrorism...
I thought dogs were drug-sniffing. I didn't know that they were also trained for sniffing bomb materials too.

Also and lastly, biofuels are the worst hot-topic gimmick, and will do nothing to advance truly sustainable and EFFICIENT fuels and fuel research.
    
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Good idea. Like others have pointed out, real world uses of this are for low powered devices. Something a car doesn't qualify as(currently). With current inductive charging, the energy transfer is far from optimal and rather wasteful is most all cases.
Side note, inductive charge was done originally by Tesla, just like most all of the "new" electronics we are using and refining today.
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I read an article last year about something similar built into the roads, so you basically charge as you drive along.
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i was thinking about that too. All you would need is a battery for backup if somehow the road loses its power due to a powerplant failure.
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Why does everyone bring up long road trips when discussions about electric cars are brought up?

I agree that the mileage of an electric should be ~100 miles to satisfy most anyone's daily commutes, beyond that, if you're traveling out of town, just get a rental and don't put the mileage on your car.

That said, induction charging is stupid. The loss is unreal in something you're trying to make as efficient as possible (I thought that was the point of electrics anyway).

Just plug the damn thing in. It's not terribly hard to do.
    
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I have to say the Chevrolet Volt is probably the best out of all of the electric cars right now. I would say the SuperBus article I linked is better though but you need a separate lane for the superbus.
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This will not happen. Do you guys really think the owners of the parking lots are going to pay for the electricity charging your car?
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If it uses a 12v current, then you can just throw your cellphone onto a parking spot and have it charge. All you need to do though is make sure nobody drives over it .
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