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IEVS: Venturing To The South Pole In An Electric Car Powered By The Sun

Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:38 pm

https://insideevs.com/solar-explorer-south-pole-clean2antarctica/

I put this right along with Solar Impulse 2 as far as having any value beyond personal adventure.
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].

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RegGuheert
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Re: IEVS: Venturing To The South Pole In An Electric Car Powered By The Sun

Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:40 pm

He won't be doing THAT in June!
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2011 Leaf SL Demo vehicle
10K mi. on 041413; 20K mi. (55.7Ah) on 080714; 30K mi. (52.0Ah) on 123015; 40K mi. (49.8Ah) on 020817; 50K mi. (47.2Ah) on 120717; 60K mi. (43.66Ah) on 091918.
Enphase Inverter Measured MTBF: M190, M215, M250, S280

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RegGuheert
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Re: IEVS: Venturing To The South Pole In An Electric Car Powered By The Sun

Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:01 am

Looking at it some more, I have to say this "mission" is doomed to failure. In the short video about their testing on Iceland, you can see that one of the trailers blew over in the wind. Now just imagine how often that will happen in Antarctica over a 30-day period with just the Dutch couple to right it and repair it.

They talk about "zero waste", but seem to completely ignore the fact that this entire effort represents waste. The biggest waste will likely be the rescue effort which is mounted to save them once this thing breaks down.
RegGuheert
2011 Leaf SL Demo vehicle
10K mi. on 041413; 20K mi. (55.7Ah) on 080714; 30K mi. (52.0Ah) on 123015; 40K mi. (49.8Ah) on 020817; 50K mi. (47.2Ah) on 120717; 60K mi. (43.66Ah) on 091918.
Enphase Inverter Measured MTBF: M190, M215, M250, S280

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