christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: November 3rd, 2008
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Electric Race Cars

The story of an electric hillclimb car has got me thinking about electric cars and racing. One of the upshots of automotive sports is that it drives innovation. The challenge of sanctioning bodies is how to make that innovation relevant to production car technology. I think hillclimb is a good start (as well as the F1 KERS system) but the best application would be the World Rally Championship. Think about it: with stages running anywhere from about 2-30 kilometers with short breaks in between, rally provides a great opportunity to innovate on one of the major drawbacks of existing electric cars--their long charge times. The rapid-charging technology developed to address this issue would be applicable to the production-based cars used in rally and help drive adoption of environmentally-friendly transportation.

by Christopher Heiser on November 3 17:13
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