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« Reply #75 on: August 26, 2017, 12:09:44 am »

There was no blanket.
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« Reply #76 on: August 26, 2017, 08:43:45 am »

There was no blanket.

That will puzzle a few, bnm!
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« Reply #77 on: August 26, 2017, 05:33:22 pm »

I didn't know there was a charging point at Ikea. It would be more fitting if there were an HFC or even LPG station, after all it's a stone's throw from Gas Lane and spiritual home of the Gas Heads. And Emu. Yes, that Emu.
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« Reply #78 on: August 26, 2017, 07:47:06 pm »

I didn't know there was a charging point at Ikea. It would be more fitting if there were an HFC or even LPG station, after all it's a stone's throw from Gas Lane and spiritual home of the Gas Heads. And Emu. Yes, that Emu.

LPG is available less than 2 miles from the Big Blue Place, at Morrisons. Hydrogen can be found a mere 44 miles away at the Honda plant in Swindon.
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« Reply #79 on: November 18, 2017, 04:36:53 pm »

Elon Musk has just launched the Tesla Semi-Truck. There's an article about the launch here, or a YouTube vid of the full launch here.

Key points were:

* Total cost of ownership is claimed to be 20% less than a diesel truck;
* 805km range;
* Better ability to hold speed on hills;
* Far better acceleration

Musk also has rail in his sights - in convoy mode, these trucks are cheaper than rail.
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« Reply #80 on: November 18, 2017, 05:15:17 pm »

I was talking to a lorry driver and an electric car owner (two separate people, one conversation) a while ago and the lorry driver reckoned that at least in his industry – delivering roof trusses to building sites – the problem with electric lorries is that these destinations don't have electricity. Possibly a range of "805km" (smells like spurious precision to me!) would overcome this. Still, I expect the purchase price would be an obstacle.
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« Reply #81 on: November 18, 2017, 05:58:58 pm »

I think 805km comes out as a round number in US Customary Units.

Obviously the range will vary dependent on circumstances. I believe this is also true for internal (and indeed external) combustion vehicles.

The purchase price is almost irrelevant to people running diesel trucks - they're interested in the lease cost, and the TCO. If Musk is right, they'd be mad to stick with diesel assuming that he actually manages to get these trucks into production.

I don't know much about the truss-delivery industry: it may well be the case that truss lorries never stop anywhere with an electrical supply, and that their return journeys typically exceed 800km. It that's the case, they may have to take the hit and keep running on diesel.
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« Reply #82 on: November 18, 2017, 10:25:19 pm »

I think 805km comes out as a round number in US Customary Units.

It's 500 miles, 358 yards, 2 feet, 12/5 inch.  Tongue

A 500 mile range would be 804km 672m.
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« Reply #83 on: November 18, 2017, 11:00:00 pm »

Well if I may introduce you to Bmblbzzz...

smells like spurious precision to me!

...I'll just nip to the kitchen and see how the vol-au-vents are doing...
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« Reply #84 on: November 20, 2017, 08:35:22 pm »

It's 500 miles, 358 yards, 2 feet, 12/5 inch.  Tongue

A 500 mile range would be 804km 672m.

Get thee to the pedant step!
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« Reply #85 on: November 20, 2017, 08:38:17 pm »

...I'll just nip to the kitchen and see how the vol-au-vents are doing...

Baked at 427¾° Fahrenheit?

I liked the look of the Musk lorry cab, but the size of the battery pack behind it put me off.
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« Reply #86 on: November 20, 2017, 10:02:31 pm »

I like to give them about 10 minutes at 200 oRéaumur, and then reduce that to -75 oDelisle for a 刻
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« Reply #87 on: November 21, 2017, 07:09:27 am »

I like to give them about 10 minutes at 200 oRéaumur, and then reduce that to -75 oDelisle for a 刻
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« Reply #88 on: November 21, 2017, 07:57:13 am »

About twenty minutes in the top oven of the Aga should do you right!.
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« Reply #89 on: February 11, 2019, 05:46:07 pm »

For those who may be interested in these things ,our if you've ever wondered about life after Red Dwarf  https://www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/.
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