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Episode 490 – Breakthrough Technologies – 3/7/19

The countdown to episode 500 begins! We talk about Tesla’s $35,000 car, the promise of full autopilot, and our hopes for the Model Y. Plus, digging through Bill Gates’ breakthrough technology picks for the year, and Amazon’s carbon footprint.

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5 thoughts on “Episode 490 – Breakthrough Technologies – 3/7/19

  1. producing an electric vehicle contributes, on average, twice as much to global warming potential and uses double the amount of energy than producing a combustion engine car. This is mainly because of its battery. Battery production uses a lot of energy, from the extraction of raw materials to the electricity consumed in manufacture. The bigger the electric car and its range, the more battery cells are needed to power it, and consequently the more carbon produced.

    Secondly, once in use, an electric vehicle is only as green as the electricity that feeds its battery. A coal-powered battery is dirtier than a solar-powered battery. Governments can help by speeding up their transition to greener energy.

    Thirdly, while an electric vehicle has a higher carbon footprint at the beginning of its lifecycle, it is typically cleaner once in use. Over time, it can catch up on the combustion engine car. The point at which an electric vehicle’s lifetime emissions break even with a combustion engine car also depends on the car’s mileage.

    For example, in Germany – where about 40% of the energy mix is produced by coal and 30% by renewables – a mid-sized electric car must be driven for 125,000 km, (77,671.399 Miles) on average, to break even with a diesel car

    im more interested in how long the batteries actually last, when i google electric car batteries i just see horror stories, they are pretty damn expensive to replace and very easy to ruin by overcharging.

  2. If you tilt a Millennium Falcon cockpit just a couple of degrees, but tilt the starfield view twenty degrees, the illusion will be sold. It will be a safely interactive experience, I’m certain.

  3. re autopilot, presumably the boeing autopilot mess has reminded us: stay awake and keep your hands on the wheel!

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