An existential crisis has struck the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran) project. I’m talking serious stuff; the kind of event that causes one to re-evaluate life’s purpose. Maybe I should never have tried to harness the power of the sun, simply to save the planet. Just look at that temperature gauge. 20 degrees C! You […]Read more "ESPcat Crisis Strikes!"
Holy shit! 10% of New Zealand new car sales are now EVs! (NOT TRUE!!! THE ACTUAL PERCENTAGE IS 1.9%) By 2025 new EV sales will reach 80%! We are looking at the death of pistons! I wouldn’t be surprised if the 80% figure happens before 2025. A search for EV on Trademe yielded 2,538 hits. […]Read more "ESPcat EV Car Sales 80% by 2025"
At a recent New Year’s Eve party, while attempting to see how much sparkling wine I could actually drink, someone suggested that if New Zealand were to go all out for electric cars, there would be a huge impact on the national grid. I replied, somewhat unsteadily, that going 100% EV would be no problem […]Read more "ESPcat Will The World End When Cars Go 100% EV?"
A friend recently reported to me that nobody was doing anything about recycling lithium batteries. It got me to wondering if owning an electric car and building the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran) are damaging my carbon footprint reputation. You can imagine my concern! So I looked into it. My friend claimed that nobody was […]Read more "ESPcat The Truth About Battery Recycling and Nuclear Power"
I’m going to miss the smell of gasoline. What is The Man’s Machine supposed to do when the liquid fuels distribution system (gas stations) collapses? I confess, I love riding him. Even his sound is good. On the other hand, I am getting a bit old to be roaring around the back roads on a […]Read more "ESPcat Missing the Smell of Gasoline"
Just look at that lovely, curvaceous bottom. It reminds me of a Kylie Minogue music video! Those water molecules have no trouble sliding along that lovely hull causing almost no wave action at 8 knots. I finished the arduous task of cleaning and sanding the bottom and applying two coats of antifouling paint. I used […]Read more "ESPcat Curvaceous Narrow Bottom"
When it comes to technology, it’s all about catching the wave. If you miss the wave, you become one of those sad and sorry folk who watch bewildered from the sidelines as technology races ahead without you. If you are not in the right place at the right time, it is easy to miss out. […]Read more "ESPcat Catching the EV wave in a BMW i3 Rex"
It has been such a great week so I decided to have a conversation with Jack. We sat down and I told him everything. We discussed solar powered boats of course. He is such a good listener. First off, there is Jack himself, a lovely 75th birthday present from Daughter Zoey and her husband Lee. […]Read more "ESPcat A Conversation With Jack"
Elon Musk has done it again. He said Battery Day would be insane and it was. His new 4680 battery system gives Tesla a 16% range increase and will cost less than half. I can’t wait to put a set of these “bad boys” into the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran). So how did Musk […]Read more "ESPcat New Tesla Battery Costs Less Than Half"
Let’s face it. China is becoming a rogue state. Passage of the Hong Kong Security Law makes it clear that nobody, anywhere in China is safe or free.(1) If China wants you to disappear, then you disappear. There will be no jury, no defense lawyer and no right of appeal. Hong King media tycoon Jimmy […]Read more "ESPcat Should Australia be Making Lithium Batteries Rather Than China"