Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Digital Delivery

Why burn up all Earth's liquid fuels
waiting at stoplights or running errands?

After all, almost everything you buy or rent
at probably every store or business you shop at
may have been transported by a truck...

Why not save our oil for transportation???

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fill erv Up with Digital Fuel

Why does the last few meters of the World Wide Web
still run over analogue copper wires???

Could it be that a ubiquitous or commonly adopted standard
is just too embedded into society to change that quickly...

The European digital automaking world would disagree
in terms of the future of filling up on digital fuel.

Rather quickly and quietly, they have standardized
the future gas station as 3 prongs filling 400 volts.

That's kind of like gas station decades ago
deciding on the same size nozzle and octane.

For all you digital automaking enthusiasts out there,
start your 400V motors, controllers and transformers.

All those proprietary designs that R&D has spent billions on
over the past few decades will probably be replaced by a few
common ubiquitous simple yet heavy duty versions of the household plug.

Think twice before you install a special charger at home
like the ones designed for the EV-1, RAV4-EV, Honda EV, Think or Tesla.

Or who knows, maybe we'll see an alphabet soup of adapters,
cords, transformers and converters at the local Radio Shack
so you can plug in your collectible early model digital car
into the new standard just announced???

Here's the relative news links:
Agreement reached on common plug for electric cars
BERLIN (AFP) — Leading automotive and energy companies have reached agreement on a common "plug" to recharge electric cars, a spokeswoman for German energy ...

Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles
Caroline Reichert, a spokeswoman for the Germany energy company RWE, said leading automotive and energy companies have reached an agreement for a ...

E-car industry agrees on one plug to rule them all
Berlin - Electric car makers and power companies are to unveil this week a standard Europe-wide power plug to recharge the batteries of electric vehicles, ...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Digital Tires

I went out to the truck the other day, and it looked pretty low on one side...

The front left tire was flat so I changed the tire and checked the odometer...

The Original Equipment (OE) tires were beyond their life at over
70,000 miles which meant that I drove very carefully and
constantly exceeded the EPA MPG rating...

Even though I didn't have the digital version of the vehicle.
In the gasoline Ranger rated at around 20 MPG avg,
I've been able to get 24 MPG around town and up to 38 MPG on the highway
which is almost doubling mileage or 40% OFF your $1,000 to $5,000 gas bill/yr.

For a higher mileage car,
doubling mileage would mean going from 30 to 60 MPG
or 40 to 80 MPG or even 50 to 100 MPG for advanced users.

In my last digital car with the tires pumped up on the highway behind a semi truck
it was easy to get mileage over 100 MPG for a few minutes at a time by lowering
resistance, both air and tire.

So let's take a look at digital tiremaking:

Some studies show tires eating up to 20% of your fuel energy!

One of the most expensive solutions is reported as Michelin's $43,000,000+
investment into the "Energy Saver" series of tire release in Europe
that for some unknown reason is being dumbed down as "Primacy" for the USA.

So here's a list of tires on digital vehicles installed by manufacturers
on to stock digital vehicles that were developed with mileage in mind.

"Bridgestones" - Toyota RAV-4 EV
Bridgestone Potenza - Honda Insight Hybrid USA
Continental ContiTrac EcoPlus - Ford Escape Hybrid USA
Dunlop SP31A - 2010 Honda Insight Revenge
Goodyear FuelMax (an extra mile) - 2011 Chevrolet Volt
Michelin Energy LX4 - 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Michelin Energy Saver - Toyota Prius EURO
Michelin HXV4 - Toyota Prius USA
Michelin MXV4 (215/60R 16 95H)- Honda FCX
Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 (215/45R17 87V) - 2010 Prius Hybrid USA
Michelin Proxima RR (175/65R14, self-sealing tires, tire pressure warning indicator) - Saturn EV-1
Yokohama ADVAN A10F (160/A/A) - Lexus GS450h
Yokohama ADVAN Neova - 2006 Tesla Roadster
Yokohama AVS E100 Radial (195/80R16 at 44 psi) - 1996 Toyota RAV-4 EV
Yokohama E105 (205/60R15 91H) - 2004-2007 Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicle

This list is a work in progress as OEM tire research
is much more difficult than expected.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Up to 106MPG for less???

3 Digital Cars Cost $2,600,000,000???

Going green is great but why is saving our oil so expensive?

Why do automakers claim it cost $1,000,000,000
to put digital vehicles into showrooms???

Is it the R&D, testing, regulation, insurance, etc?

Or is it overkill before getting to the showroom?

The first mainstream digital vehicle hit American roads
over 10 years ago but consumers didn't buy enough 70MPG...

Honda discontinued the digital Insight after several hundred million and five years of efforts. Toyota spent over a billion on the Prius and lost money for years until the technology went through generations of cost reductions. GM spent a billion on their infamous EV-1 and another billion on The Hybrid Development Center that led to hybrids like the Escalade.

In the heat of the Great Recession,
after borrowing over $15,000,000,000
from American tax payers,
GM has requested more money!!!

This time around, GM, the automaker born from Ford's 2nd business,
asked American tax payers to lend another $2,600,000,000
so that
Chevrolet could develop three version of the infamous Volt
that should get 100+ MPG.

Do you think a billion per new vehicle
is a feasible business model for the
new era of digital automaking???

Would you loan a digital automaker
to develop a digtal automobile?

Based on the industry standard of
a few thousand in profits per vehicle
how many of those digital widgets
would your investee have to sell
to pay salaries run the factories
and pay you back?

There has to be a cheaper way
to get a digital vehicle on the road...

Ford's Digital Double Down

Following Honda's Insight Digital Revenge and Prius Fighter,
Ford has announced some big digital numbers to look forward to:


Did you know that the Digital Insight and Prius
were rated in Japan at about 94MPG over 10 years ago???

So why are we driving cars and trucks in the 20MPG range???

Do you remember your first computer???

How much did it cost and how fast was the engine???

My first laptop cost over $3K with a Pentium 2 only 10 years ago
and today you can buy a faster better and bigger laptop for 1/5 the price.

So every few years we should expect either
1) twice as much mileage
2) half the price

So why have cars been going the wrong way???

Ford's Model T on a good day got over 30MPG,
what do you get today in your analogue car???

I'm guessing you paid 5 times Ford's game changer
AND you get LESS mileage...

Ford's Digital Double Down may finally change the
analogue game to digital because once we take
100MPG for granted we can start talking about
making oil last 200 years or more instead of
the century that is currently projected.

Unless we start taking numbers like Ford's 170MPG
we will burn up the rest of our oil in a short century.

Do you want to leave any oil for your great grand children???

Oil to make jet fuel and diesel
that delivers everything
you use and consume
from food to household items to clothes
to almost anything in every store...

Or should we burn it all up running errands and waiting at stoplights???

Even 170MPG won't leave enough for 7 generations
so write a letter and encourage digital automaking innovation
like Ford's bold step to leap frog the inevitable 100MPG goal line :)

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