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    I don't know how they expect to pull it off, unless the capacitor on Wiki is an older less potent version than what they are intending to go to production with. But it seems to me that any range in excess of 100 miles or so is wholely adequate for a commuter vehicle.

    The charging time seems like a non-issue. These capacitors can be charged in minutes ableit not at 220 volts.  Think about that. 5 or even 10 minutes at a charging station with some kind of cable coolilng system in place is not unreasonable. That's about what it takes to pump a full tank of gasoline. And from what I can glean, those appear to be the conditions under which these were tested.

    The grid load issues are a legitimate concern, and they are an example of the kind of infrastructural investment that would need to be applied. There is really nothing insurmountable here.

    The point is that we need a wholesale change in the way we approach energy use and production. The technology exists now to achieve that. Soon, as oil prices continue their upward march, we will have no other alternative.

    A regime is at it's most dangerous when it believes it's own propaganda...but that is also when it is most vulnerable.

    by MaverickModerate on Tue May 20, 2008 at 12:13:01 PM PDT

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