I just watched "who killed the electric car" last night. Anyone else get a chance to see it? It is a pretty interesting movie/ documentary and it made me angry too. It's mostly about the rise and fall of the EV1 (born here in Lansing michigan ). Check it out if you haven't already .
I have this. About to watch this weekend. We should one of these circulating for those that dont own or too cheap to rent. This does me know good sitting in a DVD rack. Id rather have my fellow GasSavers enjoying this. Perhaps we can share this 'netflix' style. Cant be more than $1.00 to ship from one member to the next. MayB it can go from one person to the next tp the next in the queue. If anyone wants to see mine let me know.
i dunno if you buys knew this or not bt way wy way back in the time when the first cars were bing made there were electric cars they were slower than the gasoline counter parts but they did exist. they were marketed towards women because they were alot easier to drive/maintain and (i hate to say it but) men of that time thought women couldnt handle gasoline powered cars.
True. But back then you had to turn the gas motor car over with a hand crank because starters wern't invented yet and people were occasionally ending up with broken arms when the motor caught and spun the crank faster than you expected. It was harder for women. They had to get a man to start the car for them.
But gas was REAL cheap, and gas powered cars prevailed. (I won't get into the first oil co.)
Here we are 100+ years later and electric cars are here again being developed. But now the development will continue.
The Ford fracture was caused by trying to start the engine with the timing too far advanced.
Throttle control was by spark advance and fuel delivery levers on the steering column.
With the spark too far advanced the engine tried to start backwards.
Same thing happens on large displace motorcycles with kick starters - the rider gets launched into the air because to kick start you jump up in the air and on the way down your leg is straight - piston moves up to compress the a/f mix and fires a little too soon and crank reverse rotates and up you go then the kick starter takes a hit when the starter lever reaches the end of its travel backwards - if the ratchet doesn't release you break things.