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Old 04-08-2016, 12:27 PM   #15
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The river of denial is going out with the tide. Tesla is producing some really interesting designs.

A range of 150 towing miles is a significant break through. A 50-80 mile range made commuting possible in an electric. The 150 could do the same for towing. When we were first looking at AS we did some video watching and were quite surprised to find that folks were only towing about 200 miles a day. With a 150 mile range, a stop for lunch should get the rig down the road in quite nice form. And if you added a stop for dinner you might log a really nice day's run. Do you suppose regenerative braking might eliminate the need for those evil sounding jake brakes that keep us up at night when the RV park is too close to the highway?

The Tesla challenge is a very interesting case study. Will folks give up gasoline? Well, diesel seems to be acceptable, maybe electrons will as well. Is a four passenger vehicle that accelerates quickly going to engage a new age of gear-heads? Well, blowing off a Corvette may prove to encourage the fun. Is the business world ready to ditch the dealership model? Well, not yet, but it's fun to take a trip to pick up a new car and a lot of brands are getting sold by dealers doing their sales pitch on the internet. Will battery technology improvement begin to kick-start other technology? Solar should be helped by better storage banks. The mating of an RV and TV battery banks might just push the towing range up a bit and a day or two to let the solar panels recharge in the sun is not a bad thing. Will 2ftitis go the way of the dinos? Well now, that is the question. How many folks will go smaller and lighter? It does happen now. Will it occur with the future RVers?

Yes, this will be an interesting case study. A bit of a dream, maybe? It's been a long time since we had a good space program. Nice to see they are coming back in style.

Travel safe Pat

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