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Sounds like you have a pretty nice little project there. A shame he allowed things to go as bad as he did with the truck, amazing what people tend not to do and live with it, scary.

Site Questions and Announcements / HBD to....ME!!
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:27:16 PM »

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 27, 2013, 05:28:42 PM »
Cool! Not everyone can say their new Chrysler improves or increases communications with a spouse!

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:27:52 PM »
Yes, and volume will keep you alive in a survival setting. Other than that, great for water when it is bright light and sunny, not so good in the dark or cloudy days, so limited on its operating capacity/volume.

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:17:52 AM »
CNG engines run pretty good from what I hear, have driven a few pickups powered by it, never had a complaint.
As far as the de-salinization goes, I believe it was going to be an upgrade to a natural gas powered generator in the area, which pumps out hot water to begin with to keep the generators cool, so mostly a matter of utilizing existing waste heat to be double-dutied operation.

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:17:49 AM »
I think natural gas is a better alternative, even methane made from waste is more viable than some of the other wind/solar alternatives, which are less than one percent of usable power added to the grid. We had a giant solar farm that was made out here in the desert and the folks raised a stink about the power lines to go from the location to the grid, so they said they would bury the lines, to which they cried foul on it interrupting the ground on federal land or some big thing. Kind of funny. They complain about the current system, then complain about trying to change it. Will they ever be satisfied? Did the same thing with fresh water plant from salt water. Didn't want so much water taken from a river, so the company said they would build a salt to fresh water plant, take the water from a lagoon that was built back in the early 50s, then complained about using that water because it was a natural habitat. They initially said a salt to fresh plant was the only solution that they would accept, give them what they wanted and it wasn't what they wished for.

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 22, 2013, 05:24:22 AM »
With your figures, based on the fact I have variable rate electric prices based on the amount of KWh I use, my bill last month would have gone from $23.85 to $128.12! (the price is $7.69 per KWh after 27KWh consumed, this is based on the 2500KWh per year broken down monthly at current rates, and my consumption of 3KWh this month, down $70 from last year's consumption, so it would have been over $200 per month). In the same period, I spent less than $80 on gasoline for the month, and I drive the least in the family right now. I will agree that I think natural gas would be a good alternative, it is the infrastructure that needs to be installed, along with viable storage containers and a means of swapping filled tanks over filling vehicle installed tanks for faster replenishment.  Electric plug-in locations at work does not change the fact someone else is paying for the electricity, or that the polution transfers to another location, but the fact all prices of goods/services increases equally for all instead of ones self. And a this point we haven't even looked at the current electrical grid having problems being below the service capability right now (the occasional brownout or blackout).  I know the ICE is very inefficient (wht, 13percent efficiency?), so something does have to be done, but let the private sector figure it out a lot cheaper than government subsidizing the development, it is just too expensive.

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:46:35 AM »
Here is the best and most efficient idea in design. There are small diesels and even gas engines which can run an hour on a quart of fuel (gas or diesel), which then runs at a constant speed/rpm, and turns several small generators, which in turn charge a bank of batteries. The small engine runs when the vehicle is operated, makes a little operating noise so it isn't such a quiet hazard (there is talk of making electric running vehicles make noise of some sort for pedestrians!!!), and the engine simply charges an electric vehicle. Doing it this way allows a vehicle to run based on fuel per hour vice miles per gallon, and that could get into the quart per hour range, anything from 25 miles per quart to 75 miles per quart. I could live with electric that runs 100-300mpg in this fashion. At that point fuel prices would go up to $20 per gallon and all that work would be for nothing, right?

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:40:46 AM »
And that is doable if you can charge the vehicle during the daytime, and then calculate how much of the solar panel cost offsets it as a reasonable payoff. That's additionally the trade-off for other alternative fuels, cost to make compared to the cost of fuel. At this point it becomes political and the conversation has to stop.

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:49:09 AM »
Yeah, but what is your electric bill going to increase to? That's the only bad thing about the hybrid/plug-ins. People say it is saving the environment, but all  it does is move the location to where the actual contaminants being spewed into the atmosphere, and instead of the fuel bill at a station and amount you can afford, it comes in the form of an electric bill at the end of the month. I want to know what a person's electric bill increases. You hear, yeah, I only spent $20 a month on gas instead of $120, but you never hear my electric bill went from $35 to $150!

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:55:48 AM »
Here in Socal it is in the $4.25 range, the jump was over the past month of about .75 cents a gallon, and hear it is the highest in the continental US.

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 19, 2013, 09:50:59 PM »
It should be the new 3.6, the 3.5 isn't being used any more. I like the 3.5, very few problems noted with it over the years, but the 3.8 is an even simpler engine overall. The 3.6 is supposed to be more efficient and is more powerful than both the 3.5 and 3.8, two completely different engines even though they are supposed to be from the same family, top ends from the heads, intake, and cams are different.

General BS and Laughs / Brain Exercises
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:31:01 AM »

General Mopar Discussions / It's a Neeewwwwww Caaaaarrrrrrrrrr
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:07:11 PM »
Yeah, that is a heck of a deal, and the color is pretty nice for a queen, too! That is a bummer about the RT and all, less than half the price in five years. It almost always seems to take 30 years before they are worth what they cost, kind of hard to keep them around that long.

General BS and Laughs / Brain Exercises
« on: February 15, 2013, 05:36:20 AM »
7h47 15 c001!

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