When it comes to electricity, New Zealand finds itself in an enviable position compared to most of the world. NZ presently gets 79% of its electricity from renewable sources including hydro, wind and geothermal. The “enviable” part comes from the fact that New Zealand has an aluminum smelter that is scheduled to close in 2024. […]Read more "ESPcat – Hydrogen Madness"
I am in lockdown again. I can’t ride my motorcycle. I can’t go to the boat. I mowed the lawn and trimmed the hedge, neither of which were any fun at all. So I’m thinking about Global Warming; what else. Global Warming is becoming a real thing. Just look at the results of huge floods […]Read more "ESPcat – Rust & Global Cooling"
Lockdown is a bit of a shit! Yes, here we are in Level 4 Lockdown again. Only allowed out for essentials like food and exercise. I did my Saturday, 4 km run today right down the middle of the street because the cars are were completely missing. The covid plague is running wild throughout New […]Read more "ESPcat – Dancing Naked in the Moonlight"
Electric cars are truly exciting. Just look at my wife Gallagher with her BMW i3 if you want proof (Gallagher is not even a geek). The i3 uses lithium-ion batteries and they work great but within the next few years, lithium-ion batteries will be replaced with even better batteries. Stick with me and I will […]Read more "ESPcat Fast Charging Aluminium Graphene Batteries"
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"