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    Well, if they are restricted to half a wingspan above the water then OK I guess. But I'll wager that a crash at 100 kts, from one fathom high, will kill you just as dead as if you had crashed a real aeroplane with twice the wingspan.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2017 edited
     
    @Andrew.

    Is that our you spell whore in French?
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2017
     
    Posted By: AngusTwo things:

    1. Flying in ground effect requires less engine and less fuel than flying free.


    Meebee so but the Russian behemoths with the umpteen jet engines and/or turboprops -- I bet they are gas guzzlers. Or kerosene hogs to be precise.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2017
     
    Who put the "a" in Putin?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2017
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinWell, if they are restricted to half a wingspan above the water then OK I guess. But I'll wager that a crash at 100 kts, from one fathom high, will kill you just as dead as if you had crashed a real aeroplane with twice the wingspan.


    Not only that, but on the water there is a lot more to hit at 50 feet than at 500. Still, if routes can be worked out, and if the things really are cheaper to buy and run than floatplanes, maybe there's a niche.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    My glasses must want cleaning.

    Watch Live: Elon Musk is Finally Unveiling Tesla’s Electric Semi.

    https://futurism.com/watch-live-elon-musk-is-finally-unveiling-teslas-electric-semi/
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    Should be interesting to see how it competes with the fuel cell semi. https://nikolamotor.com/
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    Nothing to see for me:

    This video contains content from [Merlin] Beggars, who has blocked it on copyright grounds
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    We have to use our imagination.

    Or give Merlin back his wand.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    Solid state battery.

    https://youtu.be/_cLXy9sw4KM
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    The Next Electric Car to Make it to Market May Have a One Minute Charge Time.

    https://futurism.com/next-electric-car-make-market-may-have-minute-charge-time/
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    Posted By: TrimThe Next Electric Car to Make it to Market May Have a One Minute Charge Time.

    https://futurism.com/next-electric-car-make-market-may-have-minute-charge-time/


    I want to see the charging cable and connector.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTime5 days ago edited
     
    Posted By: goatcheezShould be interesting to see how it competes with the fuel cell semi.https://nikolamotor.com/


    Should be no contest. Tesla wrote that they will provide free "Megachargers" powered by sunlight so that truckers will need to buy way less electricity than otherwise they would.

    PS: Trimmie doesn't have much of a view of the difference between claims and facts. After all these years. My unicorns *may* power the future. My unicorn-powered tricorder *might* solve all health problems. Rossi's ecat is *believed by some* to be the power solution of the future... and so on.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    We looked at that. Each station needs several acres of roof if I remember right.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTime5 days ago edited
     
    Posted By: AngusWe looked at that. Each station needs several acres of roof if I remember right.
    So it's just bullshit? Or might it be a concentrator of some type or a field of panels some distance away?

    I searched superficially and there seem to be no artist concept illustrations yet.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    We can look again. The insolation is maybe 3kW m-2, all up, so figure in a generous 20% efficiency and the rate of arrival and thirstiness of the trucks and you can get an idea.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
    Kendro might power Mary's unicorns so they can pull the trucks.

    Don't think they will power dildos though as they are quite prudish.
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTime5 days ago
     
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    Reckon insolation is more like 1 KW/m2
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