And they want us to use electric cars, but 9,000 with no power!

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  1. ericmark

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    We are seeing reports everywhere of power failures, and they want us to use electric cars, so can't even sit in the car to get warm!
     
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    Sh*t happens - no-one said the world had to be fair.
     
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    We had fuel supply problems a few weeks ago, so there were people who couldn't get warm in their cars
     
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    ahhh theres a solution ??
    a mains isolator and a back feed to your gas central heating boiler 'lights and freezer via a separate extension from your car ??
     
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    I have seen the idea of using cars on charge as a power bank, however only system I have seen for sale in the UK is for narrow boats.

    It seems common to give a shore supply of only 6 amp, so a special grid tie inverter has been produced to supplement shore supply and also recharge the battery bank, and can be also used without a shore supply, but it is rather special.
     
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    Some cars have a little diesel-fuelled auxiliary heater.

    Might make more sense than running down the precious battery.
     
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    Would it not be better to have a generator in the car?

    My car does around 60-70 miles per gallon, my e-bike does around 50 to 170 miles per kWh.

    Internet hunt gets
    3 miles per kWh seems a bit off?
     
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    Not an electric car, but mine has such an heater - chucks out 5Kw.
     
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    Sons boat had one, also very common on cranes. But why, would a generator not be better?
     
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    That's at the lower end, typical for most electric cars is about 4, some are 5 or so.

    Assuming you actually got 70, that's 15 miles per litre, or about 1.5 miles per kWh.
     
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    Because it heats the engine coolant system up, so the car interior and engine can be warm, before the car is started. Alternative, as it's a diesel, is 15 miles driven in the cold.
     
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    Mine does around 50/60 on a decent run if I don't push it.
     
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    Lots of Webasto diesel heaters on ebay from scrapped BMs and Jags.

    Pretty small unit

    I wonder if I could use one as a standby to run the house heating (though 5kW is not much)

    10kWh in a litre of diesel, minus efficiency losses.
     
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    Mine has a built in 12v water circulation pump, they make great greenhouse heaters, with a large radiator attached and only draw around 20amps to get combustion running, then 1/2 amp once well lit. 0.25 to 0.5 Litre per hour and entirely self contained, 0v, 12v and a run signal or they can be can-bus controlled.
     
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    It was only 81 MPH? I remember working on the Falklands where 100 MPH was normal. Often got 120 MPH. That was just a breeze.

    I blame the tree planting, no trees except governors house on Falklands no problems, we must curb this tree planting and save the planet.
     
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