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Luxury Electric is running some strange scam by saying it will demonstrate that their BEV will be able to drive across the country. After hearing that they will only need to plug into a normal plug for 10 minutes in-between refills I smelled a rat. Here is the amount of energy they can load into their batteries:


120V * 20 A = 2400 watts * 1/6 hour = .400 kWh


Now compare that to the Volt that uses about 8kWh to go 40 miles and you will see that Luxury Electric's claims are indeed a Scam. It's physically impossible to go 140 miles in an electric Acura TL on the highway with only .4 kWh of energy. Impossible! That's only about the energy equivalent of your mother and sister drying their hair in the morning!





http://www.gizmag.com/luxury-electric-launches-trans-continental-trek/9894/
 

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You're being generous. A standard home 120V AC receptacle is good for 15A, which gives only 120V * 15A = 1800W. For 10 minutes (1/6 hour) charging, that gives 300Wh, or 0.3kWh - an even more preposterous number.

Unless they found a completely downhill route across the country. . . ;)

I tracked all the way back to Luxury Electric's website - remarkable lack of technical details, I must say. Their own website doesn't mention any of the details that the Gizmag article mentions, so it's hard to nail anything down conclusively.

Excerpt gfom Gizmag: "The prototype vehicle (known simply as “The Electric”) will carry some 24 Lithium-ion cells, which give it a range of around 140 miles. Each time the batteries run out, the car needs to be plugged in to a regular power outlet for about 10 minutes. . ."

Taking the words above at face value:

A. The fully-charged, 24-cell battery will provide a range around 140 miles.
B. When the "batteries run out", the car must be plugged into a regular power outlet for about 10 minutes.

Perhaps the clauses A and B aren't linked. Nowhere does it explicitly state that the battery can be fully charged in 10 minutes from a "regular" power outlet. Maybe you can go a couple miles on the 10-minute charge, and then have to plug in for another 10-minute "hit".

And what does "regular" mean, referring to the power outlet? "Regular" as in the everyday home 120V/15A receptacle on our walls, or "regular" as in the receptacle can be found in the latest NEMA specifications?

This thing has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. :(
 

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Even if they could do what they claim with their patented 'quick charge' technology, its still a $150,000 electric car which helps no one.

If you have that to dump on an e-car, just get a Tesla and save yourself $50k.
 
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