British company Oxis Energy believes its high capacity lithium-sulfur batteries, which hold up to five times more energy per weight than lithium-ion cells, are ready to vastly increase the range of electric aircraft.
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A Fossil-Fuel to Electric Drive Vehicle Conversion Project
Primary Goal: Battery-Electric drivetrains and compact range extender, with intended offerings to be Open Source and Proprietary based Direct Drop-in Alternatives for Internal and External Combustion Engined Vehicles.
Test Mules: Liter scale motorcycles will be converted to electric in such a way as to render their electric nature virtually indistinguishable from their pre-conversion state by a casual inspection or by riding.
*Note: The concept includes ADV Motorcycle Trailers
Demonstration: Real-Life Experience Trans America Trail Camp Tour from the Marin Headlands of California to the coastal city of Beaufort, South Carolina on a single, small tank of fuel.
Trans America Trail or TAT
A roughly 5,000-mile (8,000 km) cross-continent vehicular route, intended to be a way to cross the United States using a minimum of paved roads for leisure. The trail is largely traveled by riders of motorcycles who can choose to be self-sufficient by camping, often rough (or wild camping), motel supported or vehicle supported.
Marin Headlands of the San Francisco Bay Area
A hilly peninsula at the southernmost end of Marin County, California, United States, located just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, which connects the two counties and peninsulas. The entire area is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is famous for its views of the Bay Area. The center point of the Marin Headlands skyline is the 920-foot Hawk Hill, the lookout point for the largest known flight of diurnal raptors in the Pacific states.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and South Carolina Lowcountry. The city is renowned for its scenic location and for maintaining a historic character by preservation of its antebellum architecture.
The city has been featured in the New York Times and named “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living, a “Top 25 Small City Arts Destination” by American Style, and a “Top 50 Adventure Town” by National Geographic Adventure.
HW/SW Systems Integration and Testing Site
The Trans Ʌmerica BEV RҲ Demonstrator would benefit from the donation of workspace for hardware and software integration and testing. Said space would be an unfinished garage or ground floor work area within a mixed-use industrial building.
- Spatial dimensions would be approximately 30’ deep and between 35’ to 45’ width or 1,050 to 1,350 sq ft with power suited systems integration with hand and power tools.
- Space must be secure enough for unsupervised storage of tools and sensitive testing equipment.
- The site use would involve frequently late hours and all-nighters. One staff, at most two would be resident camping with sleeping cots, fridge, hot plate, portable cassette toilet.
One of the chief aims of space agencies and commercial aerospace these days is reducing the associated costs of space exploration. When it comes right down to it, it is still very expensive to send rockets into orbit, never mind sending them beyond Earth. But it’s not just the cost of sending payloads into space (and the pollution it causes) that concerns agencies like NASA.
There is also the cost (economic as well as environmental) associated with aviation. Jet fuel is not cheap either, and commercial air travel accounts for 4 to 9% of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (and is on the rise). For this reason, NASA has partnered with the commercial industry to develop electric aircraft, which they hope will provide a fuel- and- cost-efficient alternative to commercial jets by 2035.
Avis is working with Ravin, a startup that specializes in automated vehicle inspections for fleet operators and insurance companies. The system being tested uses CCTV cameras to take a 360-degree scan of cars as they enter and exit rental facilities. This allows Avis to take note of any issues before a car is rented out, so the customer doesn’t get charged for damage they didn’t cause.