The Future Belongs to the “Electric Motor That’s Powerful, Clean and Silent”

JAN 28 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 18

BMW i3 Electric Motor

BMW i3 Electric Motor

Gainesville Times recently put out an article that opened with the following statement:

BMW i3 Motor Production

BMW i3 Motor Production

“Soon it will seem like a bad dream that cars used to contaminate the air with harmful emissions…”

Let’s hope that “soon” actually turns out to be soon.

The article continues:

“Imagine a vehicle that has zero emissions, no fuel to burn and makes no noise except for the rolling sound of its tires. It’s here, and its numbers are growing: the full electric car.

And concludes with this:

“Clearly, the future belongs to the electric motor that’s powerful, clean and silent.

Yes, the future belong to the BEV.

Now, let’s get to the future already, so that ICE can be a part of the past.

Source: Gainesville Times

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18 Comments on "The Future Belongs to the “Electric Motor That’s Powerful, Clean and Silent”"

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The electric motor has never been the issue. For the last 100 years the limiting factor has always been the battery technology.

Right, because electricity in the U.S. comes from mostly clean sources…

Eventually, it will. The grid continues to evolve and become cleaner over time– unlike oil in the ground.

This is a ridiculous argument “Do not build clean cars because the power plants aren’t green” Well why not to have most of cars electric and them we will be serious about how to produce cleaner electricity.

@TheAutoProphet: You chose the wrong place to troll. We are more than knowledgeable about clean/dirty energy sources.

You forgot two letters; clean(er). Not to mention, domestic energy.
And and you can’t get any cleaner or more domestic than putting up solar on your own house.

In the USA, no. But in California, it does, mostly natural gas. And there is plenty of NG in the USA. And coal plants are being replaced by NG generator plants. I follow both CNG cars and electric cars. I have the latter, and I would like to convert my remaining pollutionmobile into a CNG car. However, the economics, and perhaps the basic issues with it, appear to be paramount. Home CNG compressors, to go from the NG pipe in my home to the car, are about $4000, and there is only one real option in the market. A $500 has been widely discussed, but right now it is vaporware. I am not that comfortable with relying only on CNG stations to fill up. There are not that many, and the internet lists have loads of stations that are really not open to the public. We are headed into a NG based economy. For some, that means they are upset that we are not transitioning to all renewables NOW NOW NOW, but I am fine with NG as a transition fuel. NG use in the USA has been responsible for a huge part of the reduction in CO2 (the other… Read more »

“I am not that comfortable with relying only on CNG stations to fill up. There are not that many, and the internet lists have loads of stations that are really not open to the public.”

Funny you should mention this today. Kwik-Trip just opened a bunch of natural gas pumps at their gas stations in Wisconsin, and currently has 22 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Kwik-Trip also plans to open another 10 to 15 new CNG locations in 2014.

When I had a Civic GX in NYC, I had no problems finding a public CNG station to fill up. In NYC at least, it’s much easier finding a public CNG station than it is to find a public charger for my Volt. But once you travel outside NYC finding a public CNG station was hit or miss.

http://blog.gasbuddy.com/posts/Kwik-Trip-kicks-off-2014-with-CNG-stations-more-to-come/1715-561929-2233.aspx

I think the issue environmentalists have with NG is that there is no low emission endgame. Sure, it’s better than coal, but if you’re after the goal of ending global warming, merely halving the emissions of the remaining <40% generation we get from coal isn't going to cut it.

I think long haul trucks are the biggest opportunity for natural gas, as they can function with fewer stations, and the small decrease in cargo volume to accommodate pressure tanks should be acceptable, given the fuel savings.

California, where over 50% ov EV’s are sold, has a clean grid. The grid in Oregon and Washington, the other big EV markets, is even cleaner due to their abundant hydro.

The only thing keeping these other states from adopting similar clean regulations is political will.

Have you written to your state legislators today?

It’s difficult to conceptualize the immensity of California, unless you have experienced it. If there was a word to describe the size of the problem of changing over to ev’s from ice, it could be something like: massivity, dude.With California you have a microcosm of a worldwide eventuality. The old saying:” As goes California so goes the nation,” comes to mind.
“Open up them Golden Gates. California here we come.”

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

“You think California’s big?”
– Texas

“You think Texas is big?”
– Alaska

Great logic. Texas has around 26 or 27 million people. California has around 38 million. Alaska has less than the population of the greater metro population of El Paso, TX.
More people, more cars. I think California is big.

When half decent EVs are offered for sale at a cost based price instead of the high overpricing we have seen so far, the transition will be quick. That’s all we are waiting for now.
That’s the decisive element, not the passage of time.

I believe cost is only half of the equation. The other half is range.

Anyone can lease a LEAF or Volt inexpensively and tens of thousands of people already are. But, the 200+ mile affordable EV would do more to spur sales than anything else. Millions of people just won’t settle for sub 100 mile EVs. The Tesla Model E can’t get here soon enough.

The other huge factor are truck and SUV owners, who buy the most vehicles. People who live in rural areas, tow boats or trailers or work in the trades can’t make due with an EV. They need something like the VIA truck, before they will even consider an EREV.

So, why is the picture of the i3 *with* the genset?

Having a new “miracle” battery would be nice, but we can already have long range EV’s – it is the drivetrain efficiency and the aerodynamic drag that is limiting the range now. The EV1 and the Illuminati Motor Works ‘Seven’ show us what is possible – if the Leaf was as efficient as ‘Seven’, it would have a ~168 mile range with it’s current battery.

Way back in the ’70’s Ford had a direct heated windshields – and every EV *should* have this:

http://www.glasslinks.com/trivia/trivia3.htm

This will improve the range in the winter a lot.

What do you mean? That is clearly a picture of just the electric motor in the BMW i3.

We in no way accidently put in the wrong picture, failed to admit it, then swapped it out after your comment.

Yeah, you didn’t mention the Gold windshields had to have a separate alternator to run them. But granted, its cheaper than running the defroster in a B-EV.