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Non Executive Chairman at TNR Gold Corp. and President at International Lithium Corp. MBA. Exploring for Gold, Copper, REE and Lithium in the Americas. International Lithium Corp. trades under symbol ILC:TSXV. TNR holds 21.8% of ILC.v. TNR Gold Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on... More
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  • goflyslow
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    As to infrastructure -
    Fueling (gas)stations are obviously present and that infrastructure is complete.
    These gas stations already store and dispense Multiple fuel types. ie; 3 levels of octane gasoline (all changing Ethanol levels during the year), Diesel, Propane, air, water, and some with natural gas. Adding one more fuel type seems to be the question.
    With batteries, electric charging facilities are required. Space at the station will be needed for those autos that will be on chargers. Different battery types and Amp hour capacities require differing charging rates and times. Yes, charging systems can automatically differentiate those batteries. But, those systems cost money. Elon Musk has suggested battery exchange at these stations. This adds an infrastructure needed for removal, replacement, storage and charging of those batteries at each gas station facility. May be they can train the girl behind the register to do those tasks...while selling soda, chips and cigs.
    Possibly, these stations can add a waiting room for electric customers. Battery recharge and or exchange should be as quick as your local Sears/Pep boys/Chevron dealer!
    Just think of the comradery and friendships that will develop when 50% of all autos are battery electric!


    With Hydrogen, existing stations can store and dispense that fuel, just as they do with other fuels. Fill-up for the driver is just as it is with other fuels. The time at station is the same. Pumps are the same. No added personel at the station.


    And, by the way, when electric autos are 25% of the fleet. What will be the effect on the electric grid?


    At any one time, there are 500,000 cars in California refueling at the very same time. What kind of infrastructure changes is THAT going to require?
    19 Aug 2014, 10:03 AM Reply Like
  • goflyslow
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    How quickly does the Tesla Model S' battery charge?"


    The Model S offers a choice of lithium-ion battery packs, a standard 60 kilowatt-hour battery or a more expensive, more powerful 85-kwh unit. How long it takes to recharge a depleted battery depends on whether the Model S has one or two on board chargers and the source of the electricity.


    Tesla says the 60-kwh battery provides a range of up to 232 miles (the EPA pegs it at 208 miles), and the 85-kwh battery (a $10,000 option) provides up to 300 miles (the EPA puts it at 265 miles). Here are some examples for recharging times: With a single onboard charger plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet, Tesla says you will get 5 miles of range for every hour of charging. From zero to 300 miles would take about 52 hours at that rate. With a single charger connected to a 240-volt outlet, which Tesla recommends, the pace speeds up to 31 miles of range for each hour of charging, and a full 300-mile charge takes less than 9.5 hours.


    Step up to twin chargers on the car and connect to a 240-volt, high-power wall charger (an extra-cost charging unit, not just a 240-volt line) and the charging speed zooms to 62 miles of range per hour, and the total charging time drops to under 4 hours, 45 minutes.


    Really in a hurry? Stop at a Tesla Supercharger station and you can top off the tank with 300 miles of range in just an hour, as long as your Model S is configured with Supercharger capability If a Supercharger station is out of reach, most public charging stations can recharge the Model S at the rate of 22 miles of range per hour of charging.


    You can learn more about the Model S in our review of the 2012 model, here. When that review was written, Tesla was planning to offer a less-expensive model with a 40-kwh battery, but that model and battery were cut from the lineup.
    2012 Tesla Model S Review
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    19 Aug 2014, 01:50 PM Reply Like
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