01 January 2014

Another Fascinating Invention by Men!


In the past, my company has partnered with Tesla Motors, America's premier EV builder.  As such, I take interest in what Tesla does.  No, I'm not an environmental whacko, but kicking the expensive gasoline (or petrol for our British friends) habit would be nice.  I drive an economical vehicle, and I spend $50-$55 a week; that equates to $2,500-$2,860 a year.  That's a lot of money!  Ergo, I'm a bit of a Tesla fan, and I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of their Model E.

In any case, I don't have to tell you that diesel vehicles, especially larger ones, are dirty.  That goes for city buses too, the subject of this video.  I know, I know; diesels are a lot cleaner than they used to be, but still.  To address the pollution of diesel powered buses, many cities in Europe use trolley buses, but they require overhead lines for power; that limits where they can be used, because they can only run where overhead lines are installed.  They cannot be used anywhere like an internal combustion powered bus can.

That was until now!  ABB has come up with an electric bus that can run all day long, and can do so without overhead lines.  How did they do this?  One, they charge it overnight at the depot; this provides the bulk of the battery's charge.  Two, they charge the bus at its termini, which are at either end of its route.  Finally, they do a flash charge at every third or fourth stop; in 15 seconds, they top off the battery while the bus is picking up or dropping off passengers.  The beauty of what ABB has done is that this would require minimal changes to a transit system's infrastructure.

What you'll note in the video is that men invented this; men saw this through to completion.  As Camille Paglia has said in the past, if we left invention up to women, we'd still be living in grass huts.  Now, enjoy a video about the fruits of male ingenuity at its finest...

Male ingenuity at its finest-you gotta love it! Until next time...