Electric cars are gaining popularity with claims of longer range, low operating costs, etc. Unfortunately the evolution of this technology is slow, as the materials used to build the electric cars are the same or similar materials used to construct a heavy gasoline powered vehicle.
The concept of sitting still in a moving vehicle has not changed in over 100 years.
The method of cooling or heating the vehicle to maintain personal comfort is as silly as trying to push electricity through wood. Air conditioning or air heating requires a significant amount of energy to cool or to heat the air inside the vehicle. Air is a temperature resistor while liquid is a temperature conductor. In Dubai, for example, you can go skiing inside an indoor ski resort on real snow while the outside temperature averages at 104F. (link below) How do they keep the snow from melting? With a large air gap. Yes, the air insulates the indoor snow from the outdoor blazing 104F temperatures.
Knowing that air is the temperature insulator, cooling the air inside a hot vehicle makes zero sense. Then why do you think electric cars are cooled with power pig AC and get 40 to 80 miles per charge? Lack of imagination is the only answer I can come up with.
I contemplated these issues 4 years ago and came up with the electric vehicle design using laminated bamboo construction for lightweight and increased safety at reduced costs.
Instead of AC, unique liquid cooling is used focusing on individual temperature control for each vehicle occupant. Instead of cooling the entire air space inside the car, a few ounces of liquid is cooled or heated to control the temperature of each seat. A skinny grandmother sitting in one seat can enjoy mild liquid heated seat while another heavier person in another seat can enjoy liquid core cooling. All of this at a fraction of the energy required to cool the same size vehicle with AC.
In addition, mild compression is applied to the legs and arms of each vehicle occupant which speeds up the vascular circulation bio mimicking walking instead of just sitting. The increased vascular performance results in more alert, thus safe and more enjoyable driving experience.
In October 2008, the name I came up with for this vehicle is LEAF (somehow Nissan possibly borrowed the name for their electric car). See the links below on YouTube showing original date, October 28, 2008
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Peter Z Wasowski
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