[LINK] eHighways & electric planes

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Mon Jun 27 14:21:06 AEST 2016

On 27/06/16 14:09, Karl Auer wrote:
> On Mon, 2016-06-27 at 13:39 +1000, David Lochrin wrote:
>> That's fine in principle, but I strongly suspect the optimum size of
>> a bus is determined by its service requirements, such as the number
>> of people to be moved between major centres at various times during
>> the day together with the economics of capital cost, garaging, parts
>> & maintenance, staffing, etc.  There's no way we're going to triple
>> the number of buses because of the limitations of battery technology.
> Missing the point, David. The economics of all those things is changed
> by changing technology. You may be right today, you may be wrong
> tomorrow. My point is just that we should not hamstring new
> technologies with regulations developed for old technologies.
> The trick is to look at what the new constraints and opportunities
> actually ARE rather than continue to run with the old assumptions.
Ofcourse there are vested interests to deal with. Sydney did have an 
amazing electric tram network powered by the inner city white bay power 
station and nearby coal mine.
The tram network was destroyed to make way for oil powered buses.

The most amusing aspect is how when the Sydney City Council wanted to 
distribute electricity, they had to approach the PMG  to use their 
telegraph poles and the tramways to use their electricity distribution 
network. Now poles are owned by AUSGRID (only just still govt owned). 
Optus and NBN are stringing their cables on these poles!

The electricity Grid is due for revamp to deal with distributed 
generation. We could not do without our mobile phones and...


Marghanita da Cruz
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Email:  marghanita at ramin.com.au
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